Fundraiser set for Friday

ELKINS — An area support group is teaming up with a local agency to offer up frightfully delicious treats on Friday the 13th to raise funds for future activities.

Members of the Valley Village Peer Support Group and employees and volunteers from the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living will be hosting a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the NWVCIL office, located at 109 Randolph Ave. in Elkins, to raise funds for summer activities.

Brenda Dasher, NWVCIL community integration specialist, said she hopes this event will help consumers of the agency raise enough money to be able to participate in a wide range of fun activities.

“This is an event that we hope will not only give our consumers the chance to get together and do some fun things, but also help our communities understand better what we do,” she said. “Some of the things we take for granted in our everyday lives are sometimes a very big thing for others.”

She added a lot of the individuals who utilize NWVCIL services don’t always have the opportunity to enjoy fellowship with friends and family members.

“Getting together with family and friends is something we think just happens, when honestly there are a lot of individuals who do not have the opportunity to have a lot of friends or family,” Dasher said.

Dasher added that while the NWVCIL main office holds a picnic every year, not everyone can travel to attend, prompting them to look at options for doing something at the local level.

“Our main office in Morgantown has a annual picnic for their Peer Support Groups and the Elkins office has participated in it before; however, it is a big undertaking to get everyone from Elkins to Morgantown and then home, not to mention the gas and vehicles,” Dasher said. “So we decided to try and raise money to have a picnic closer to home.”

“The consumers are very excited to learn baking skills at the office as well as working with the public in selling their goodies!” she added.

Among the wide variety of items that will be offered are homemade pepperoni rolls and pies.

“We do have a couple of well-known bakers that are donating some things — Penny Carr with her amazing homemade pepperoni rolls and Audrey Irons with her well-known lipsmacking homemade pies,” Dasher said.