School supplies handed out at community fair

By: By Jasmine Hager - For the Daily Journal

ROCKINGHAM — Families in need gathered outside the Richmond County Department of Social Services on Saturday to learn about different resources available to them.

Organizers say many parents received school supplies and uniforms for their children.

Kisha Tillman, family services manager for Union County Community Action Inc., provided pamphlets that included information on the participating agencies.

“It gives you a guide to what’s available to you in the community,” she said. “And then we physically come here to represent those agencies so that you could put names and faces together, get contact information, learn about criteria, etc.”

One of the tables at the outreach was the Head Start/Early Head Start program in Hamlet. They are comprehensive programs that focus on childhood development and parental and guidance involvement serving pregnant women and children up to five years old.

Tillman was also involved with the Head Start/Early Head Start table and says she was glad to be able to spread the word about the program and educate parents on who they are.

“We work with our families as well as the community to meet the needs of the children like health care,” she said. “We have those components that give us the extra edge to be able to work with our families so that when their children are in an educational setting, they can focus on learning.”

Union County Community Action Inc. serves Union, Anson and Richmond counties.

By Jasmine Hager

For the Daily Journal