Local Marketplace gives non-profits a voice and a bounty
More than a Friday Farmer’s Market and more than a five-day artisan showcase, the Marketplace at Alpine is now a venue for the voice of the local non-profit community and a source of some revenue.
Kicking off the charity spotlight is BEHOLD, a faith-based organization which is focused on “networking the resources of our community to support the needs of our community”.
Those attending the June 14 Friday Night Certified Farmer’s Market at the Marketplace had an opportunity to meet the group’s founder, Joseph Vanderbilt, and hear his vision of opening a youth center in the heart of Alpine, where kids can gather in a safe, clean environment to play, socialize and/or be entertained through various activities.
“We recognize that if kids have nowhere to go and don’t have a healthy outlet, that they are left to entertaining themselves which can lead to drugs, alcohol, illegal activities and trouble,” he said.
Vanderbilt was able to meet face-to-face with multitudes of shoppers and share his vision, as well as the organization’s needs to make it happen.
It’s this personal contact that breathes life into a non-profit group and transforms visions into realities, says Glenn Quirk, owner of the Marketplace at Alpine.
He said he is thrilled to be able to offer the means of connecting non-profits to the people of Alpine and surrounding areas.
“We strive to create an environment rooted in friendship, philanthropy and collective inspiration that extends into the community-at-large,” Quirk said.
Representatives of BEHOLD will again be present at the June 21 Friday Farmer’s Market at the Marketplace, and invite community members to stop by to chat with them.
Local non-profit groups interested in being featured at upcoming Friday Markets should contact Quirk at 619-722-6169. Each organization will be offered a free booth for two consecutive weeks, and is the beneficiary of proceeds from an opportunity drawing for a work of art by one of the on-site artisans.
The Marketplace at Alpine hosts a weekly Friday Night Certified Farmer’s Market from 3-7 pm, along with a permanent showcase of local artisans on Wed.-Sunday, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (3:30 on Sunday). It is located at 2442 Alpine Blvd. in downtown Alpine, CA.