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Try Pie Receives $50,000 Grant


“Last Friday night, Megan, two students and I went to the Community Foundation's Annual Event,” shared Sarah Turner, one of Try Pie’s Directors in an email to the Orchard Hill staff. “They had ordered pies for the event, so we were there partially out of our partnership with the Community Foundation and partially to be with the girls as they interact-ed with the guest and explained the flavors and the Try Pie program”

“A Long, tearful, joyful story short, Try Pie was surprised and awarded a $50,000 grant from the Bertch Family Trust to make the move to a storefront!!!”

Try Pie’s plans for renovating a storefront near the downtown area in Waterloo have been in the works for a while now. This Fall they launched a fundraising cam-paign through the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa to raise a minimum of $50,000 to make this dream a reality.

Try Pie, a program under Link Christian Community Devel-opment in partnership with Orchard Hill Church, engages teen girls using a mix of faith with real-life work and custom-er service experience through its pie making business. The new storefront will allow the group to grow its employment capacity to 20 young women and increase visibility of their pies.

“There's more to the story, and lots of work to do ahead, but we wanted to let you all know that with this gift, we've met (really surpassed) our minimum to raise to financially be able to say yes to this move,” continued Turner. “We'll leave the fund open for donations as support in the first year of operating will still be helpful and needed.”

To learn more about Try Pie and their exciting plans, please visit them online at trypie.org.

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