Live Local, Give Local: Women’s Service Day Featured on WOTV

loisWe’re excited to see Women’s Service Day on local TV!

This week, Jordan Carson from WOTV4women featured our event on her segment, “Social Sizzle,” which connects viewers to unique charitable events and organizations that are making a difference in West Michigan.

If you missed the show, you can watch the video online. It includes interviews with one of our planning team members, a Women’s Service Day volunteer, and the Westcore Neighbors’ neighborhood connector, and highlights one of our largest projects ever, Nuestra Casa neighborhood center.

Thanks to Jordan and WOTV for spreading the word about our event!


Donate School Supplies for Sylvia’s Place

School Supplies

This year on Women’s Service Day, our donation drive recipient is Sylvia’s Place, a refuge for those fleeing domestic violence. Many times when children come to the safe house they end up switching schools and have no supplies upon arrival. For Sylvia’s Place, “back to school” is year-round.

We would love to stock them up at our event this year. Even if you can’t volunteer, we encourage you to collect supplies for Sylvia’s Place for drop-off at Hope Church on August 14!

Following is a list of school supplies that this organization could use, in priority order.

  • Spiral notebooks
  • Backpacks
  • Two-pocket folders
  • Copy paper (for printed homework)
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Ink pens
  • Erasers
  • Pencil-top erasers
  • Glue sticks
  • Binders
  • Hand-held pencil sharpeners
  • Rulers
  • Calculators
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers

Many of these items will likely be on sale soon for traditional back-to-school season. Let’s help families in need keep their kids in school by donating to Sylvia’s Place.

Invite Your Friends and Colleagues to Volunteer

WSD volunteer from Herman MillerAre 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, we’ll be putting the final touches on the Nuestra Casa neighborhood center, which many of you have helped renovate in the last two years.

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, August 14! And be sure to register now!


Women’s Service Day 2014: It’s Time to Sign Up!

wvd-logo-straightforward.jpgAs you may have heard by now Women’s Service Day is changing things up a bit this year. We are planning a summer event on Thursday, August 14. And it’s time to register!

Where else can you spend your time, skills, and talent helping nonprofit organizations while networking with women in your community—all in one day?

Women’s Service Day 2014, now in its thirteenth year, continues to extend its reach in making a difference for women and children in the Holland area. Join this growing movement (we’re nearly 150 women strong) by participating in Women’s Service Day on Thursday, August 14.

In addition to volunteering at a number of nonprofit agencies in Holland, we’ll be putting the final touches on the Nuestra Casa neighborhood center, which many of you have helped renovate in the last two years. If you’re interested in being a part of this day of volunteering and networking, it’s time to sign up!

How to Register

Capacity is limited and you must register (first-registered, first-served) before the event to participate. Complete this online form by July 18 to sign up for a morning session, afternoon session, or both shifts. You’ll receive confirmation that we’ve received your information, and you’ll be on an email distribution list for future event communications.

What to Expect on August 14

For a morning or all-day session, plan to arrive at a worksite in Holland (we’ll let you know where) at 8:30 a.m. For an afternoon session, plan to arrive at Hope Church by noon, where we’ll gather for a celebration barbecue lunch (for which we ask a $5 donation). We’ll hold a raffle for this year’s recipient, the Kelly Markatos Memorial Build through Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity, with some proceeds covering minor event costs, so bring your checkbook!

For this year’s donation drive, we’ll be reaching across the county line to help stock up Sylvia’s Place with school supplies. Located in Allegan, Sylvia’s Place provides a warm and safe place for those fleeing domestic violence.

Watch for additional details about our event in future communications and here on our website. Thank you for your willingness to help!

Questions? E-mail the Women’s Service Day Planning Committee.

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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.

Feel free to share these images for your personal use. However, they are not to be changed or altered in any way shape or form without our consent. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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: