Women’s Service Season: August – October, 2020
In 2020 Women’s Service Day celebrates its 19th year of serving women and children in our community—and we all know this will be a year to remember. It’s about adapting, finding new ways to stay connected, and helping each other during a global crisis.
The planning committee has decided not to hold an in-person event. We want our volunteers to be safe—avoiding any contribution to the spread of COVID-19 and helping to end the pandemic.
We’ve been busy communicating with our local agencies about their needs. For example, did you know that, in May, domestic violence calls in Ottawa County were at a 9-year high? And, at Resilience, requests for safe, emergency shelter are 66% higher than last year.
Food security has also been further threatened, with our most vulnerable neighbors’ food needs continuing throughout this crisis. Community Action House reports that they spent more on direct food purchases in the last few months than they normally spend for a year.
These are just two issues exacerbated by the pandemic, and there are many others.
How can you help? We’ve heard from volunteers that they value Women’s Service Day because we make it easy to do good. We’re doing the same thing this year, for an entire Women’s Service Season, from August through October. We’ll offer options for you in four primary areas of community action:
- Volunteering in-person (safely) or from home
- Giving financial support
- Giving or collecting items nonprofits need
- Joining (and spreading the word about) events nonprofits themselves are planning
Beginning in August, we’ll send biweekly emails and post opportunities on our social media platforms. You can help expand our impact by following, liking, and, most importantly, sharing Women’s Service Day and our partner agencies’ posts on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Stay connected and help us spread the word!
Women’s Service Day volunteers continue to make a huge difference in the lives of women and children in our community—approximately 9,500 cumulative volunteer hours since we began in 2001. And we’ve raised and donated more than $105,000 to various nonprofit organizations.
In the past, we’ve cleaned and organized, painted and finished, landscaped and weeded, cooked and baked, washed windows, assembled lesson plans and materials, organized and led after-school activities for middle school girls, made cards for families with loved ones who are terminally ill or living in nursing facilities, and wielded power tools for constru
Check back here at our website for more details about our event as the date approaches. Thank you for your willingness to help!