MOUNT VERNON — You can help people in need and enjoy an evening of chili and good music while doing it. Hope Now, a local charitable organization that provides furniture for people in need, will hold its third annual Bluegrass Bash from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Colonial City Moose Lodge, 417 W. High St.
The fund-raiser will begin with a chili supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by three bluegrass band performing from 7 to 10 p.m. Lonesome Meadow will perform from 7 to 8 p.m., Black Diamond will perform from 8 to 9 p.m. and Safire Sun will be on stage from 9 to 10 p.m.
Tickets for the dinner and entertainment are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. However, you may not want to wait until the show, because you may not get in. The show was sold out last year and although a few seats have been added, there are only 300 tickets available.
Tickets can be purchased at both Sips locations (101 S. Main St. and 812 Coshocton Ave.) and Mid-Ohio Honda-Suzuki-Yamaha-Kawasaki at 494 Harcourt Road. Or call 740-392-0480 to reserve tickets for pickup at the event.
Hope Now is a local organization that collects gently-used household furnishings and distributes them free to people in need.
“I’ve had 650 families contact me since May,” said Board Secretary Bev Actis. “We have 150 families on a waiting list right now. Twenty-two kids are waiting for beds — we don’t get twin beds often.”
Actis said the group started as a small church effort, but by April 2009 it was independent and registered as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
“We started out helping women who were leaving New Directions and had nothing. Now we’ll help anybody who calls: Low-income families, homeless people moving to a home, people whose house has been damaged or destroyed in a fire.
“We’ll help people anywhere in Knox County,” Actis said. “We have many local organizations refer people to us.”
If you need help, call 358-1277 and leave a message. Someone will contact you to determine if you are eligible. People receiving furniture must provide their own transportation.
“We don’t deliver,” said Actis. “We don’t have the manpower.”
Although the need is great, items coming in don’t always match the needs of people seeking help, so things have to be stored. The group is in its third location, which is already too small, and is waiting to move into a warehouse area on South Main Street provided by Ariel Foundation.
If you want to donate items, the message will give you another number to call and arrangements will be made for dropping your items off.
“We’ve been busy with a surge of people lately,” Actis said. “It has been exciting to be involved,” she added, “And it has been a real eye-opener.”