33rd Annual Benefit Auction
Live and Virtual on April 29, 2023
Brand new for 2023, our Friendly Furniture Flipper Challenge is here! These local business-owner artisans are transforming furniture ‘wrecks’ into furniture heirlooms for your bidding pleasure. Each piece they bring back to life will be live-auctioned to the highest bidder present at our Benefit Auction on April 29. Every dollar they raise stays right here in our local community, helping Friend, Inc. make Northeastern Berks a better place for all.
Every month between 400 and 500 individuals (and their pets) benefit from our self-select food pantry as do another 200 Kutztown University students at our campus pantry. Another 90 receive support from our Alburtis Mobile Market. Additionally, each year over 560 individuals are impacted through direct and referral support for things such as utilities, housing, SNAP and medical assistance. In fact, for over 30 years, Friend, Inc. has been at the very forefront in delivering food and social services throughout northeastern Berks County.
Why We Need You
People in rural communities face exactly the same issues as people living in urban and suburban areas; hunger, housing, illness, poverty, domestic safety, and access to mental health support. Due to the nature of being ‘rural’, however, these challenges are often less noticeable than they are in denser populations. It’s hard to see. But every day we see it. It takes dedication and expertise to find and fix, of course, but it takes more. That’s why your gift is so critical. Consider giving generously today.