Women’s Service Day Celebrates Volunteerism

Women’s Service Day is celebrating National Volunteer Month in April through a series of memes. Perhaps you’ve seen these graphic images circulating on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter? They’re intended to honor the countless volunteers who give their time and talent to our community each year. They’re also meant to encourage people to volunteer for ongoing opportunities or one day service events, like Women’s Service Day.

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Volunteers are paid in six figures... S-M-I-L-E-S - Gayla LeMaire

The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers. - Terri Guillemets

An essential part of a happy, healthy life is being of service to others. - Susan Patton Thoele

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do. - Helen Keller Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. - Elizabeth Andrew What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. - Mother Teresa Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world. - Elaine S. Dalton Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless. - Sherry Anderson Love and kindness are never wasted. - Barbara DeAngelis Action is the antidote to despair. - Joan Baez Each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint... Discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others... Allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. - Oprah Winfrey

Women’s Service Day in the Summertime

Women's Service Day painting crewWomen’s Service Day is changing things up a bit this year. Gear up for a summer event on Thursday, August 14.

We’re looking forward to wrapping up our renovation project at the Nuestra Casa neighborhood center so Westcore residents can start using the facility to build community. We will also be providing volunteer service opportunities for Women’s Service Day participants at a number of nonprofit organizations in Holland.

Now is the time to recruit your friends and colleagues! We’ll share more information about the day and send a registration e-mail when summer arrives—and we do think it will arrive eventually—but for now, save the date!

Nuestra Casa: The Final Stretch

Nuestra Casa Neighborhood Center

Progress on Nuestra Casa neighborhood center as of March 2014

It’s spring! The snow is melting and the temperatures are rising. Who’s up for some volunteer work days at Nuestra Casa neighborhood center?

It’s amazing how much progress has been made, thanks to the teams of tireless volunteers and leaders–including many volunteers from Women’s Service Day. Check out how Nuestra Casa has transformed through time and energy donated by our volunteers:

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We’ve reached our fundraising goal, so we can keep our momentum going. Now let’s get ‘er done!

Beginning Saturday, March 29, we have several crews scheduled to work. You can join one that’s planned or you can create your own. Sign up as a volunteer or crew leader. Bring your friends, your family, your work team, or your book group. There are lots of Saturdays available late spring and early summer (except for May 10 because of Tulip Time).

The Women’s Service Day team is managing work days. If you’re interested in volunteering either as a crew leader or on a crew, please contact: womensserviceday@gmail.com.

Year-End Giving: Nuestra Casa Neighborhood Center

Nuestra Casa renovation projectIt’s amazing how much has been accomplished at Nuestra Casa since Women’s Service Day teamed up with Good Samaritan Ministries, Westcore Neighbors, and New Community/Fourth Reformed Church to renovate an abandoned home in the City of Holland for neighbors to use as a gathering place.

Volunteers, friends, neighbors, and generous donors have given their time and money to procure the materials needed, and make the work happen.

  • Women’s Service Day participants raised the roof this year on October 3.
  • Companies like Herman Miller and Johnson Controls have donated funds and also provided plenty of volunteers.
  • Hope College students contributed volunteer hours for work days both this year and last.
  • Women Who Care chose Nuestra Casa for its quarterly donation.
  • Tireless construction team leaders have shown up in all kinds of weather–with and without crews—to keep the project moving.

Thanks to the work by so many people, we’ve continued to make great strides in creating “pride of place” in the City of Holland.

But there are still ways to give. In addition to ongoing work days, we’re keeping the online gift registries open for purchasing gifts in kind to help equip Nuestra Casa with necessities for its educational, social, and community programs. Just in time for Cyber Monday! Simply link to our previous post about where and how to shop for Nuestra Casa online.

On December 19, stop by Orange Leaf in downtown Holland and eat yogurt for Nuestra Casa! Ten percent of all profits will go to the neighborhood center that day. Come between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

You can also make a donation for the neighborhood center by writing a check to Good Samaritan Ministries, the project’s fiduciary agent, with “Nuestra Casa” in the memo line and send it to:

Good Samaritan Ministries
513 East 8th Street
Suite 25
Holland, MI 49423

Or, you can make an online donation through our website.

We appreciate any contribution you can make!

Thank you, and happy holidays!

The Women’s Service Day Organizing Committee
Marcia Davis, Cindy DeGraaf, Sue Gadbois, Angela Griffore, Lois Maassen, Cheryl Murdoch, Kallie Spidahl, Carrie Ypma

Eat Yogurt for Nuestra Casa!

Orange Leaf Yogurt How often does somebody offer to coordinate a fundraising event for you?

The Women’s Service Day team is thrilled that our local Orange Leaf frozen yogurt store has graciously offered to donate 10% of its profits to the Nuestra Casa neighborhood center on December 19!

Orange Leaf frozen yogurtToo cold for frozen yogurt, you think? Not when you’re racing around trying to finish up your holiday shopping in downtown Holland!

Stop by Orange Leaf at 184 S. River Ave. between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, for decadent and fruit-based frozen yogurt flavors!

It’s a great way to support a local renovation project aimed at building community in the City of Holland. Eat yogurt, help your neighbors!

Keep the Momentum Going!

Thanks to fabulous volunteers, including our construction leads Ben Sikkink and David DeBlock and the women of Women’s Service Day 2013, we’ve made great strides with Nuestra Casa, the renovation of the abandoned house that will become a neighborhood center. Here’s a visual tour of what we accomplished in just one day:

To keep the momentum going, we need you! We have Saturday work sessions every week now through mid-December. If you can join us for any (or all!) of them, let us know by signing up with this online form.

We’re also looking for folks who are looking for projects for their company work teams, church groups, service organization (Rotary, anyone?), knit clubs, exercise classes, or families could do together. We’re happy to work with you to find a weekday that works with your schedule if that’s your preference; just contact us via this form.

NC3Help us keep the momentum going! All it takes is a few hours with a hammer. Or, you know, a saw.

Buy an Ornament, Diaper a Baby in Need

Nestlings Diaper Bank ornament by Carolyn StitchOur Women’s Service Day team has been helping to build awareness about Nestlings Diaper Bank since it was first established a couple years ago, and the organization is one of many local organizations served by volunteers during our event.

As the holidays are approaching, we’d like to help Nestlings once again by promoting a special fundraiser that was initiated by a local massage therapist, Tammy Hillen, owner of Harbor Health & Massage. She collaborated with local artist Carolyn Stich, who donated her time, talent, and artwork to create a unique ornament to sell during the holiday season for Nestlings. The design depicts the nativity scene with Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus, which also communicates Nestlings’ focus on children and families (a theme that ties well with Women’s Service Day goals, too). Each ornament costs $25, of which approximately $19 will go to Nestlings.

Tammy was inspired by Nestlings because the organization is run wholly by volunteers. She was interested in helping the organization financially because she knew the majority of the funds (about 75%) would support Nestlings’ mission to help diaper the children and babies in need—not go toward salaries or administration. Together, Carolyn and Tammy donated all the administrative costs of putting the project together, procuring the ornaments, funding the cost of materials up front, and engaging other businesses and organizations to participate as points of sale.

Carolyn decorated 200 ornaments, each signed and numbered. If all the ornaments are sold, about $3,800 will go toward diapers. What a great way to celebrate the season of giving!

Ornaments are available for purchase in downtown Holland at:

They’re also for sale on Holland’s northside at:

If you’re a business owner who’s interested in selling these unique holiday gifts–and supporting a good cause–please contact Tammy Hillen at Harbor Health & Massage.

If you’re a shopper, start your holiday shopping early this year! Get your ornament before they’re gone, while helping babies in need through Nestlings Diaper Bank.