Share the bounty this harvest season! Greensboro Roller Derby is partnering with several area businesses in “Enough To Go Around,” an ongoing food drive. The food drive began October 8 and will run through Greensboro Roller Derby’s home team championship bout on December 1. Food collected during this drive will mean the difference between hunger and plenty for many Triad residents.
Donors can bring non-perishable food items (especially rice, beans, and lentils) to any of the following locations:
- M’Coul’s Irish Pub
- The Green Bean
- Wild n Crazy Vintage
- Cycles de Oro
- Westerwood Tavern
- College Hill Sundries
Donations can also be brought to any or all of Greensboro Roller Derby’s remaining 2012 events :
- Greensboro Roller Derby and the Chamber of Bruises – a double header featuring the Carolina Bootleggers from Raleigh at Simkins Sports Pavilion on Saturday, October 27- doors open at 4, first bout begins at 5pm
- Thanksgiving Throwdown – featuring the Appalachian Rollergirls at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Sunday, November 18- doors open at 4, bout begins at 5pm
- Festival of Fights – Greensboro Roller Derby’s Home Team Championship at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Saturday, December 1- doors open at 5, bout begins at 6pm
The collected goods will be distributed to Greensboro Urban Ministry and the New Arrivals Institute, two local nonprofits whose patrons are experiencing extreme food shortages this season. Greensboro Urban Ministry provides crisis intervention and emergency services through the basics of food, and shelter, and also helps many individuals and families break the cycles of poverty, hunger, addiction, and homelessness. New Arrivals Institute provides assistance to newly arrived refugees and immigrants through English Language Training, Employment Readiness, Health Education, Educational Counseling, Community Orientation, Citizenship Preparedness, and Early Childhood Transitional Classes. The institute acts as a community liaison to educate individuals and community partners about newly arrived refugees and immigrants, and the services available to them.
Greensboro Roller Derby is a nonprofit sports league with a community service focus, founded in February 2010. The league gives any net profit earned at events back to the community via donations to charities and non-profit organizations, and is in the process of acquiring official 501c3 nonprofit status to better serve the community. In addition to being a force for good in the Triad, Greensboro Roller Derby is also a force in the roller derby community, competing locally and regionally. In July of 2012, Greensboro Roller Derby became an apprentice league in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the world’s premiere roller derby organization.