Women’s Service Day 2012: Giving Beyond Expectations

Did you know Ottawa County is the most generous county in Michigan? It’s no surprise when you see what got accomplished by more than 125 volunteers on Women’s Service Day this year.

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Crews helped eleven nonprofit organizations in the Holland/Zeeland community, raised $2,500 for Nuestra Casa neighborhood center through our silent auction/raffle and pig-in-blankets fundraisers, donated at least  two months’ worth of diapers for the Breakfast with Baby program, and helped build awareness about the needs for women and children in our community.

Assignments included a number of tasks, such as:

  • Preparing curriculum for the Girls on the Run program
  • Outdoor yard work and clean-up
  • General organization and cleaning
  • Pre-assembly of walls for an upcoming Habitat for Humanity build
  • Harvesting and garden shut-down at the Holland Community Garden
  • Painting
  • Cleaning and organizing toys at the Holland Rescue Mission’s Stepping Stones Day Care and Family Hope Ministry Center
  • Washing windows
  • Stocking the freezer with prepared meals at My Sister’s House 2
  • Packaging 5,124 diapers for distribution by Nestlings Diaper Bank through nonprofits to mothers in need
  • Organizing inventory and displays for Rick Rack
  • Helping Westcore Neighbors with home improvement tasks, including setting up a garage sale for a neighbor with cancer

We know our volunteers made a difference, because of the feedback we’ve received from the agencies served. Here are expressions of gratitude from a few of the nonprofits we helped:

“We simply could not operate without the generosity of volunteers such as those that served here this week. Although some of the tasks may not have seemed important, please keep in mind that all of the time you put in allows us to spend more time serving those in need. No duty is too small and no volunteer is unappreciated.” – Community Action House

“Thanks again to Women’s Service Day for being such a blessing to our organization!” – Nestlings Diaper Bank

“We had a fantastic group of volunteers from Women’s Service Day working inside and outside our building yesterday. Our volunteers exceeded our expectations and we got so many tasks taken care of and off our list. Thank you so much for this opportunity and your group’s continued support!” – Center for Women in Transition

“Thanks to you for organizing the service day and thanks also to the ladies who helped at the garden. It was hard work and perhaps not that much fun, at least not your typical gardening. But the work was important, things we seldom have time to do. So please come back, either as individuals or collectively on any workday.” – Holland Community Garden

You can read more about the day in this article by The Holland Sentinel. It’s wonderful to live in a place where generosity abounds. Thanks again to all our volunteers who helped make Women’s Service Day 2012 a success!


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