helping the homelessCarwash proceeds to help newsletter

The Commission on Human Concerns used a little soap and a lot of volunteerism Saturday to raise nearly $200 to help the homeless.

A group of commission volunteers were joined by a handful of homeless people as they washed cars at Steve's Unocal 76 gas station from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to raise funds to turn their newsletter into a self-sufficient product.

The monthly newsletter, dubbed The Outsider, provides information on medical, shower and shelter services for the homeless, said Patti Spina, a volunteer in Service to America.

"The carwash was a good way for the homeless to do something positive for themselves," she said.  "The newsletter has been in circulation since May 1992.  And we feel it provides a valuable service to the homeless in the county."

Spina also said Woody's Wash and Detail and Lance Winslow, president of The Car Wash Guys, both in Ventura, deserve recognition for devoting all "their time and effort" to make the carwash a success. 

Reprinted from Press-Courier, August 22, 1993.

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