Yard sale to benefit Kelsey’s Place

Published 12:47 pm Monday, July 27, 2015

Organizers of a yard sale benefitting Kelsey’s Place in Clanton are still accepting donations from the community.

The yard sale will be held July 31 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the office of Kelsey’s Place located at 950 Lumac Road in Clanton.

“The yard sale is going to be one of our fundraisers to help buy new programs for computers and replace some of our older computers with newer ones,” said office manager and instructor Betty Tidwell. “All of our services we offer are free, so we have to rely on different fundraisers throughout the year to keep our services going.”

Kelsey’s Place seeks to offer job readiness classes for adults in Chilton and nearby counties seeking employment.

Kelsey’s Place became a non-profit in 2013 when Renee Smith and Associates and her staff realized they needed to operate as a non-profit organization in order to apply for grants and seek donations to accommodate a growing number of participants.

Kelsey’s Place receives students through Chilton County Department of Human Resources and Shelby County DHR.

Tidwell said individuals often come to Kelsey’s Place to spend time working on resumes or applying to various jobs.

“A lot of people don’t have access to the Internet or a computer, so they can come here and work on applying for jobs,” Tidwell said. “The benefit for a lot of people is they can come and use the computers as long as they need to. If we are open, they can come by and work on their applications and things.”

This is the first year for the organization to host a yard sale.

“We thought it would be a good way for the community to come out,” Tidwell said.

Anyone wishing to donate items can bring them by Kelsey’s Place from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We are here to help people who are looking for employment,” Tidwell said. “We have had people who come by here and work on their resumes and apply to jobs and they end up finding employment.”

Tidwell said there will be a variety of items available for sale including pieces of furniture and pictures.

“We will have a lot of different things,” Tidwell said.

For more information about the sale, contact (205) 755-7101.