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Not Volunteering? You Can Still Help!

The lobby before painting

The lobby before painting

We know: Fall is a busy time! Many women who would like to participate on Women’s Service Day find their calendars are booked and they aren’t able to register as volunteers for our one-day event on October 1.

If you have a passion for helping women and children and building community here in West Michigan, there are other ways you can help out without actually being present on Women’s Service Day. You can give financially to Pathways MI.

  • FINANCIAL: Monetary donations may be made two ways: By writing a check to Pathways, MI and putting “Building Renovation Fund Donation” in the memo line, then sending it to: Pathways, MI 412 Century Lane Holland MI 49423 Or, through the Pathways MI website. All gifts are tax-deductible. To support Women’s Service Day projects there, choose the Building Renovation Fund option when you click “donate.” 
  • IN-KIND GOODS: To complete the project at the Pathways MI facility, we’re on the lookout for specific furniture, equipment, and supplies, as well as skilled trades. Pleasecontact us to discuss our needs.

Every little bit helps!

What to Expect on October 1

wvd-logo-straightforward.jpgWe’re looking forward to serving women and children in our community with you on October 1! By now, registered volunteers should have received an e-mail with the details for their assignment. If you did not get an e-mail, please contact us.

For morning assignments, plan to arrive at your work site at 8:30 a.m.; afternoon assignments will begin after lunch adjourns, between 1:15 and 1:30. Dress for the weather, as we’ll do everything possible rain or shine! (Our weather luck has been mostly good for 13 years, but you never know!)

Our lunch celebration will be held from 11:45 to 1 p.m. at Hope Church, centrally located at 77 West Eleventh Street in Holland (between River and Pine Avenues, just south of downtown Holland and west of Centennial Park). We request a minimum of $5.00 for lunch, an amount that has remained steady for over ten years. Any additional dollars you can give will help defray continuing increases in food prices! (Cash will be collected upon arrival at the church.)

We’ll also have a raffle of wonderful handmade items and fabulous donations from local businesses during lunch. Proceeds will help support continuing renovation work at Pathways MI, with some portion covering minor event costs. Bring your checkbook and your generosity!

During lunch, we’ll also be collecting donations for welcome baskets at My House Ministry, a transitional housing program for women. Women coming from shelters and other programs simply cannot afford safe and stable housing. Welcome baskets with personal and household supplies provide a way to help residents get on their own two feet when they arrive at My House Ministry.

You can follow the day through photos and updates on Twitter (@womenserviceday) and tweet your own experiences, too, using the hashtag #WSDHolland.

If you have a last-minute change in plans (sickness, business crisis, etc.) and are unable to participate—or just need directions—please contact us via e-mail as soon as possible.

Sneak Peek: Raffle Items and Details

Take a peek at some of the beautiful handcrafted items that will be available at our raffle on Women’s Service Day, October 1. Proceeds will help support continuing renovation work at Pathways MI, with some portion covering minor event costs.

We have two raffles, featuring fabulous donations from local artisans and businesses, and designated by white and blue tickets:

  • Red Raffle Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $12
  • White Raffle Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25

The slideshow below gives you a sneak peek of a few of the items you can win. Bring your checkbook and your generosity!

RED TICKET RAFFLE ITEMS

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WHITE TICKET RAFFLE ITEMS

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Where We’ll Be Serving This Year

WSD volunteer from Herman MillerWe’re gearing up for Women’s Service Day, which is just around the corner. Here’s what volunteers will be doing at the agencies we’ll serve this year. We’re excited to be helping women and children in our community!

  • Center for Women in Transition creates and sustains an environment that enhances the voice, opportunities and strength of women and girls in Allegan and Ottawa Counties. Volunteers will sorting and organizing curriculum for the Girls on the Run program. Others will do light cleaning and washing windows to keep the views bright at CWIT’s main office.
  • Eighth Day Farm uses urban fields as a classroom to cultivate healthy and sustainable communities locally and globally. Volunteers will be weeding, harvesting, planting garlic, and cleaning.
  • Holland Rescue Mission develops and delivers programs of excellence for the homeless and less fortunate. Volunteers will be cleaning all of the daycare rooms, including equipment and toys, at the Stepping Stones Day Care from top to bottom, as well as deep cleaning and organizing the offices at the Family Hope Ministry Center. They will also help clean and organize the catering closet.
  • Kids’ Food Basket aims to attack childhood hunger to help young people learn and live well. Through its Sack Supper program the organization serves nearly 7,000 kids each weekday in West Michigan. Volunteers will be making sandwiches for Sack Suppers, which will be distributed to local children later that day.
  • Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity builds housing with partner-owners based on the principle that everyone deserves a decent place to live and that our community is a better place when that occurs. Volunteers will be working to complete a new home construction in Holland.
  • My House Ministry provides a safe place for women to eventually transition into independent living. Volunteers will be working at two housing locations in Holland, at a variety of tasks: washing windows, cleaning, sanding drywall, vacuuming, painting indoors and outside, hanging curtains, yard work, and several other home improvement jobs.
  • My Sister’s House II, sponsored by the Holland Deacons’ Conference, cares for women with physical and developmental challenges by assisting them with the activities of daily living in an adult foster care home. Volunteers will be cleaning, washing floors, walls, door frames, windows etc. They will also help organize cupboards and closets, and may be planting bushes.
  • Nestlings Diaper Bank serves as a central location to collect, store, and distribute diapers that have been donated by the local community or purchased through fundraising efforts. Volunteers will be wrapping diapers into packs of 12 for distribution through area nonprofit organizations to mothers in need, and possibly stuffing envelopes for a mailing or helping out with light office duties.
  • Pathways, MI is committed to demonstrating excellence in providing responsive and compassionate service to all individuals, families and communities who seek their assistance. Services they provide include: Counseling, Early Childhood programs, Great Start Western Regional Resource Center, Parent and Family Support and Education, Foster Care, Adoption and participation in community efforts to improve life for children and families. Volunteers will be continuing last year’s renovation project to make the facility more welcoming by cleaning up baseboards in preparation for laying carpet, installing blinds, and painting. Outdoor work will include landscaping and clean-up of the central courtyard.
  • Ready for School aims to create communities of readiness where all children thrive and reach their full unique potential. Ready for School prepares children for success by equipping parents through integrated support of the Holland/Zeeland/Hamilton communities. Volunteers will disinfect, clean, organize, label, and update inventory of toys and materials in bins that the organization uses to engage families with young children in the community.
  • The Salvation Army is an international movement, motivated by the love of God to meet human needs in Jesus’ name without discrimination. Volunteers will clean and re-sort the pantry, which needs a fresh look. This food pantry is available to people in Southern Ottawa County and most of Allegan County who are in need of some supplemental pantry items. It offers a large selection of both perishable and non-perishable items.
  • Westcore Neighbors empowers residents of Westcore neighborhood to work together on the things that they care about, contributing towards a strong, peaceful, beautiful, and vibrant neighborhood for everyone. Volunteers will apply final touches on the Nuestra Casa neighborhood center, a project that Women’s Service Day managed for four years, which is now complete except for some painting on the second story deck and the access ramp.

Even if You Can’t Volunteer, Join Us for Lunch, or Donate!

DSC00217If you’re not planning on attending Women’s Service Day this year, why not join us for a fun hour of food, fundraising, and networking? (Registered volunteers: We’re already planning on you, no need to RSVP!)

For just $5, you can enjoy a yummy fall lunch of chili and cornbread, socialize, get an introduction to Women’s Service Day, reunite with past volunteers, and participate in our raffle. All proceeds will help support continuing renovation work at Pathways MI, with some portion covering minor event costs, so bring your checkbook! (And if you can’t make lunch, we’d love your financial support for the Pathways MI renovation project, where many of last year’s volunteers worked hard last year.)

To attend lunch only, you still must register so we know our count for food preparation. Lunch will be held at noon on October 1, 2015, at Hope Church, 77 West 11th Street, Holland.

During lunch, we’ll also be collecting donations for welcome baskets at My House Ministry, a transitional housing program for women. Women coming from shelters and other programs simply cannot afford safe and stable housing. Welcome baskets with personal and household supplies provide a way to help residents get on their own two feet when they arrive at My House Ministry.

If your lunch hour is open, we’d love you to join us in helping out a good cause!

Donations Needed for My House Ministry

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This year on Women’s Service Day, our donation drive recipient is My House Ministry, a transitional housing program for women. (You can read more about this new organization in a Holland Sentinel article.)

Women coming from shelters and other programs simply cannot afford safe and stable housing. Welcome baskets with personal and household supplies provide a way to help residents get on their own two feet when they arrive at My House ministry.

We’ll be collecting items to fill welcome baskets for women coming from shelter, rehab, or re-entry programs to independent living at one of two homes run by My House Ministry in Holland.

For personal items they need:

  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes

We’ll also be collecting several household goods:

  • 13-gallon garbage bags
  • Murphy’s oil spray
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand soap

Please bring your donations on October 1. Can’t make it to our event? Why not organize your own donation drive?

Invite Your Friends and Colleagues to Volunteer

Are you involved in a book club, knitting group, or on a project team with women who want to make a difference in their community? Why not ask them to sign up for Women’s Service Day this year!

Simply send an e-mail, or share via Facebookand Twitter to let them know you’d like them to register. You can also send their e-mail addresses to the Women’s Service Day Planning Committee and we’ll add them to our mailing list. If you’d like other materials to help spread the word, such as business cards, newsletter announcements, and posters, let us know!

In addition to volunteering at a number of nonprofit agencies in Holland (here’s a list of places we’ve volunteered in the past), we’ll be holding a silent auction and raffle to help support continuing renovation work at Pathways MI where many of you worked hard last year to make over the lobby and landscaping. And we’ll be collecting donations for My House Ministry, a transitional housing program for women.

Women’s Service Day originated from the spirit of giving among a group of women who recruited their friends and colleagues to help build a home for a single mom. We’d love to engage more women from our community to offer their time and talents, working side-by-side with women who want to make a difference.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 1! And be sure to register now!