Mission Project Name or Title:
Family Fun Day for the Allendale Community
What’s the need you’re meeting and why is it important to meet this need?
We want to throw a community gathering for families that do not have the money to go out to movies, dinner, arcades, etc. as a family. It is important to meet this need because spending time as a family, in simple way, is just as important as spending time together in more extravagant ways. Adrianna Eding and Shea Parmalee learned in class about: The Core and Balance Model of Family Leisure Functioning. This model is comprised of two categories of leisure: core and balance. Core leisure is the activities a family does on a day-to-day basis that does not require many resources (planning, money, time and effort). This may be all coming together to watch a television show or running through the sprinkler on a hot summer day. Core family leisure creates feelings of closeness, personal relatedness, and family identity and bonding. Balance leisure is the less common form of leisure that does not take place at home, such as going on a vacation or going out to dinner. Balance family leisure provides input necessary for families to be challenged to develop, adapt, and to work together as one cohesive unit. A family’s ability to adapt and be cohesive are chief components of healthy family function and wellness; therefore, families who participate in core and balance family leisure have a higher level of family functioning. It is important to participate in both categories of family leisure and not just one or the other. Taking part in both will supply a family with the skills, resiliency, and connectedness to adjust, adapt, or thrive when faced with life challenges (Zabriskie & Hanson, 2010). We want to help people to create positive family memories as well as create a greater family bond.
Zabriskie, R. B., Hanson, C. (2010). Leisure in Family Wellness. In G. Lauer & R. Yocum, Leisure, Health, and Wellness (pp. 227-237). Pennsylvania: Venture Publishing, Inc.
What’s your specific project and idea to meet that need?
We want to use Allendale High School’s auditorium to show a movie and use their gym to provide a variety of games that do not typically get played at home. We also want to have a restaurant or pizza joint cater the event so the family can eat something they don’t normally order for themselves.
How will the grant money help your group do that?
The grant money will allow for us to rent the facility, gather games, and hire a caterer for the event. It will also help us publicise the event.
Does this project have the potential to be continued after the grant as a more regular mission project?
I believe that this project should happen at least once a year, if not more than that. There are several times of the year that many families do not have the funds to provide special family time, for example Christmas break, Spring break, and Summer break.
When will this project start and for how long?
We would start this project ASAP and hopefully host the first Family Fun Day during Allendale Public School’s spring break in April.