Rocktown Referral Group donates to two Shenandoah Valley charities

Chan Gingerich of Everence serves as part of the effort

On Dec. 15, 2016, local business roundtable Rocktown Referral Group presented $500 checks to two Shenandoah Valley charities: Hope Distributed and New Creation.

Chan Gingerich, Everence® Financial Services Representative, is one of 15 members of the Rocktown Referral Group, now in its 14th year. Members represent a different type of business in financial and insurance areas, communications, real estate, maintenance and other services. Various personnel from each business or organization can attend meetings, and nonprofit groups pay no dues.

Ann Marie Wenger received the $500 check on behalf of Hope Distributed, located at 1871 Boyers Road in Harrisonburg. Founded in 2004, the nonprofit supplies food, clothing and furniture to individuals and families that are struggling financially, have been displaced, or who have experienced unexpected changes in their life circumstances. Today, Hope Distributed serves over 24,000 people and provides over 500,000 pounds of food annually.

Sabrina Dorman-Andres from New Creation noted the contribution will aid its faith-based mission to counteract human trafficking through prevention education, awareness and design – with both global and local approaches. The New Creation Shoppe at 3015 South Main Street in Harrisonburg sells handicrafts from rescue operations worldwide. Proceeds and donations fund rescue and restoration projects around the world, as well as educate youth on the dangers of human trafficking.