Potluck project in Alberni raises $15,0003

The Port Alberni Fundraising Co-op is donating $15,070 towards the operating cost of Port Alberni’s Ty Watson House.

SONJA DRINKWATER/Alberni Valley News Helma Swinkels from Potluck Ceramics

SONJA DRINKWATER/Alberni Valley News Helma Swinkels from Potluck Ceramics

The Port Alberni Fundraising Co-op will donate $15,070—this year’s net profit from Pot Luck Ceramics—towards the operating cost of Port Alberni’s local end of life care facility, Ty Watson House.

Pot Luck Ceramics, owned and operated by the Port Alberni Fundraising Co-op (PAFCo-op) is an attempt to change the way fundraising is done in the Alberni Valley, allowing charitable organizations to reduce their own local fundraising efforts and better focus on their mission.

The co-op is the first community service co-op in Canada operating for the sole purpose of supporting non-profit programs and services in the Alberni Valley.

Pot Luck Ceramics is located in a rustic barn in Cherry Creek, and sells Mediterranean terracotta cook and dinnerware, which the business imports from Catalonia in Spain. It was open on 40 days in 2011.

Ty Watson House is the first group to benefit from a PAFCo-op donation, says Helma Swinkels, who set up the co-op and operates Pot Luck Ceramics.

The co-op donation will fund the income deficit of the operating budget of Ty Watson House.

It is the PAFCo-op’s goal, said Swinkels, to completely close the gap in the Ty Watson House operating budget, before supporting the next non-profit service in the Alberni Valley.