There are fewer jobs, and the majority of the ones that exist do not pay well.
Health insurance is more costly, as is practically everything else, making it harder for many people to pay the bills and put food on the table.
In an effort to help out some of the neediest households in the region, Champlain Telephone Company is holding its annual customer appreciation day, and the end result will be more food and money for area food shelves.
“We heard there was quite a need,” said Victoria Marking, marketing manager for Primelink, Inc. “They are seeing an increase in the number of people using food shelves.”
On Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Champlain Telephone Company will hold its annual customer appreciation day in conjunction with the Champlain Town-wide garage sale and Champlain Village Fest. Champlain Telephone Company employees have donated gently used garage sale items and will participate in the town-wide sale on that day.
All proceeds will be split evenly between the food shelves located in the Champlain Telephone service area, which includes Mooers, Mooers Forks, Altona, Champlain and Rouses Point.
Those in attendance are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the event.
Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the day for a variety of prizes, and the festivities will include a number of free events, including a performance by the Back Porch Band from noon – 2 p.m.
There will also be food, a bounce house, face painting, bucket truck rides and more.
Fiber splicing demonstrations will occur at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., while tours of the facility will be available throughout the day.
Customers are invited to enter a drawing to win a 32-inch IP-compatible flat-screen television.
“We have been doing this for quite a number of years,” Marking said. “We did it as a thank you for employees and customers.
“It was started as a family event with activities for kids.”
But about five years ago, the company wanted it to evolve and held the event as a fundraiser. In the last few years, Champlain Telephone Company focused on food shelves.
“This is the third year we have done it for food shelves,” Marking said. “It is a great way to serve the specific communities we serve.”
Roughly 1 in 6 people in the United States goes without adequate food, and millions of Americans struggle with hunger, according to Hunger America, a nationwide organization that coordinates with food shelves around the country.
Champlain Telephone Company recognizes the need.
Typically, the company matches the contribution.
Last year, roughly 200 people were in attendance.
The event raised more than $900.
It is being held at Champlain Telephone Company offices on Route 9, 1118 Main Street, Champlain.
There will be interactive displays showing Champlain Telephone Company’s newest products and services.
The event is free and open to the public.
Those interested in more information should call Champlain Telephone Company at 298-2411.