NEW BRITAIN – The Friendship Service Center will be hosting another Community Cookout this Saturday from noon to 2 p.m.
“It’s a cookout to bring the community together. It’s not just focusing on the homeless or hunger, it’s a community-based event to bring us all together,” said Kayla Mills, Friendship Service Center intern from CCSU. “The cookout is important because it is a way of us helping each other out. It’s not just individual work, everyone is involved.”
In the rear of the Friendship Center, located on 85 Arch Street, all are welcomed to enjoy free food, drinks, music and giveaways.
“I have my home business, JMI Creation & Designs, and every year like twice a year I try to do a giveback,” said Letitia Townes, co-owner of JMI Creation & Designs. “We will be donating winter hats and gloves along with masks to community members that need it.”
Along with the winter wear guests can receive gently used clothing and toiletries.
There will also be games and raffles.
“We partner with the Friendship Center on a couple different initiatives every month; one of those is to do birthday parties for the residents there the second Saturday of every month. A couple times we’ve adopted families and supplied food that they needed. Adrian asked instead of us doing that if we would supply some food and do some games for the barbeque and, obviously, we’re happy to do that. It sounds like it’s going to be a great event,” said Brandon Ojakian, outreach leader at Vox Church. “So, we’re going to bring some food, play Bingo and raffle off some gif cards. I’m trying to get some restaurant donations through my company. I run a food blog so we’re trying to get some donations through that as well.”
Ojakian is hoping to get their entire outreach team to help as well.
“We’re happy to partner with the Friendship Center. We love the work they do and we just want to be a part of the city and do whatever we can to help,” Ojakian said.
Mills has been assisting Adrian Elliott, communications associate and internship/volunteer/community service coordinator, at the Friendship Service Center to make sure the event is a success.
“I love the Friendship Service Center and everything they’re a part of,” Mills said. “I’m happy that I volunteered at the organization this semester.”
Townes said it has been a smooth process working on the event.
“I think it would be great if people could start coming together,” Townes said. “New Britain is such a beautiful city, and there’s a need out there,” Townes said. “It just takes one person stepping up and I think it’s great thing that Adrian is constantly hosting and looking to how she can give back to this community and I think there’s a lot of us that can join on and really make it a beautiful event for the city.”
Other sponsors of the Community Cookout include The Black Ministerial Alliance, New Life II, Spotswood Unlimited, The Friends of FSC and Freedom by Fitness.