There is a fund raising event planned for Dixon Family Services (DFS) on Friday, May 21 in the parking lot at 155 North Second Street (corner of B and 2nd). DRIVE and DINE for DFS is the name and the plan is to have a drive-thru barbeque from 4 – 6:30 PM.
Dixon Lions Club volunteers will cook and slice mouth-watering tri-tip beef. Others are welcome to provide additional food and necessary items to round out the meals. There will be a planning meeting in April to finalize all aspects and assign volunteers to all specific tasks related to the event to assure that the event will run smoothly and be a great success. The date and time for the planning meeting has not been scheduled yet and will be made public soon through DFS social media and in a future press release.
For the second year in a row DFS could not plan a Comedy Night but we are still optimistic that there WILL be a Comedy Night 2022. So many faithful supporters of DFS love that event and we promise it will be back! In the meantime the Drive and Dine is a Covid-19 friendly event in which participants do not even have to park or get out of their cars. This event will meet Covid regulations even if, Heaven forbid, Solano County goes back into the Purple Tier as it is currently being speculated.
Dixon Family Services has been helping Covid-19 affected households each week since March 2020 with their rent, utilities, food and other essential basic needs. The Drive and Dine will generate additional funds to allow DFS to continue assisting families, children and individuals struggling right now in our community.
Making a difference in our community through DFS can be as simple as purchasing a delicious meal ticket. Tickets are a $35 donation and each dinner ticket also comes with 10 free raffle tickets and a chance to win the door prize. You will also have the pleasure of service to your car window by smiling (behind a mask of course) volunteers on a beautiful May afternoon.
Other ways to help the event to be profitable include being a Gold ($1,000) or Silver ($500) sponsor, making a financial donation of any amount and/or donating raffle prizes. All are good ways to support the event and to get recognition in our social media posts and press releases leading up to the May 21 event.
We already have some great prizes to win and you can check them out on the DFS Face Book and Instagram pages. Bring an extra $20 bill if you’d like to purchase additional raffle tickets to increase your chances to win one or more of the great prizes.
Our social media team is Mae and Kaeli of Tully Consulting Group. Mae and Kaeli put in countless volunteer hours posting important information on the Dixon Family Services Facebook and Instagram pages about DFS services as well as other human services programs we think may be of help to people in our community.
One goal of a successful event is to have no items listed in the “expenses” column of the final report. It is our hope to have all required expenses donated. For example, our tickets were designed and printed by The Printing Shop for no charge. Area newspapers Dixon Tribune, Independent Voice and Vacaville Reporter provide free press coverage. The Solano Your Town Monthly gave us a free ad in the April Edition of the Dixon/Winters magazine. KUIC provides free PSAs for DFS all year long with a special emphasis when we are putting on a fundraising event.
Businesses or individuals who would like to cover other event expenses, become sponsors or provide raffle prizes can call Cookie Powell at 707-678-0442, email email@example.com or call Sarah Villec at 707-678-5594. Cookie or Sarah can also help those who want to purchase tickets. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to learn more and please like us and help us spread the good word about Dixon Family Services.
As always, we are so very thankful for the support of our community.
DIXON FAMILY SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE NEEDED SERVICES DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
COMMUNITY SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED
With the new guidelines we all have been asked to follow, Dixon Family Services has no choice but to postpone our annual event, Comedy Night, originally scheduled for April 17. We had been holding out hope that the virus counts would stop rising and related restrictions might be lifted in time for mid-April, but as of this weekend, the new rule is that any gatherings of 50 or more over the next 8 weeks must be postponed or cancelled.
We are optimistic that the virus situation will end soon, especially now that we are all doing our parts to lessen its spread. After we get the OK to have gatherings again, we will pick another date, perhaps in summer, for Comedy Night but that is all up in the air right now. We would love to announce a new date, but given all that is involved in having an event like Comedy Night, it will be some time before we are able to set a new date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and your continued support of Dixon Family Services.
At this time we must focus on the services we can provide to help people in our community affected by the Covid-19 crisis. For many people living paycheck to paycheck, right now is a critical time for the types of services we can provide.
In addition to our normal resources for providing basic needs and referrals to benefits available, we may soon also be working with FEMA to provide rental assistance to those affected by Corona virus and in need of assistance at this time. We will post any updates about that as things progress in that regard.
At this time we are expecting our clientele to expand to people who have never needed any type of assistance before because there are so many of us, unfortunately , that can be so negatively affected by missing one paycheck, and it is highly likely that many will miss several paychecks in this Corona Virus situation.
As always, and especially now, we can use financial donations so that we can continue to provide services to people in Dixon living at or below poverty. Feel free to send in a donation at any time to DFS 155 N. 2nd Street, or use Pay Pal on our website www.dixonfamilyservices.org to donate with a credit card.
Now more than ever we all need to keep in touch with loved-ones and neighbors, especially if they are older and more vulnerable due to existing medical conditions or other weaknesses. Reach out to ask people you care about how they are doing. If you are going to the store, ask others if they would like you to pick up some items for them as well.
Dixon Family Services can take calls and emails from people asking for resources for themselves or their loved-ones. If you or someone you know is unsure of what social services are available, we are happy to help. Often times the help that people are seeking is available right here under our Dixon Family Services roof. If not, we can refer people in the right direction. Feel free to give people our number 707 678-0442 (leave a message with a good number to call back if we do not answer) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
On behalf of the Dixon Family Services staff, board and most importantly, the people we serve, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
Sincerely, Cookie Powell