What to Expect on October 6

We’re looking forward to serving women and children in our community with you on October 6! 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.


Thanks to Susan Vollmer and VIA Wealth Management, our diaper donation drive for Nestlings is off to a great start! Help us build a mountain!

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 over the 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 10 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 disposable diapers (especially sizes 4, 5, and 6) and wipes for Nestlings Diaper Bank, a clearinghouse that provides diapers to low-income families and babies. (Or you can donate directly to Nestlings online.)

You can follow the day through photos on Instagram (@womensserviceday) and updates on Twitter (@womenserviceday) and share 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.


Women’s Service Day 2012: It’s Time to Sign Up!

Sign-up Online NowJoin Women’s Service Day in our effort to build community in the City of Holland on Thursday, October 4.

Like last year, we’ll be working at Nuestra Casa, the new neighborhood center on West 15th Street in Westcore neighborhood, and at a number of nonprofit organizations in Holland. Activities will range from on-site and off-site tasks in support of Nuestra Casa, projects within Westcore, and assignments at nonprofit agencies around Holland. If you’re interested in being a part of this challenge, it’s time to sign up!

How to Register

Capacity is limited and you must be registered (first-registered, first-served) prior to the event to participate. Complete this online form to register 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 October 4

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 lunch (for which we are asking a $5 donation). We’ll be holding a raffle and a silent auction for handmade items donated by talented women from West Michigan—so bring your checkbook! Proceeds will go toward the renovation of Nuestra Casa/The Gathering Place. (If you’re interested in donating an item, please contact the Women’s Service Day Planning Committee.)

We’ll also collect donations for Breakfast with Baby, a community outreach program begun by New Community Church in 2001. It provides needs for pregnant mothers and moms with limited income. The urgent needs are diapers, wipes, and new clothing (sizes newborn – 2 T). The program also needs: crib sheets, baby lotions (wash, lotion, diaper rash cream), receiving blankets, and blankets.

Watch for more details about our event, including our fundraising silent auction and raffle, in future communications and on our website. Thank you for your willingness to help!

Tell Your Friends!

Please help us expand our community network by inviting your sisters, friends, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters, partners, and colleagues (aged 18 and older, please). Don’t forget the women in your book club, knitting group, and project teams who want to make a difference in their community! Simply ask them to subscribe to our mailing list. Or share via Facebook and Twitter to let them know you’d like them to register for Women’s Service Day. 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.

Questions? E-mail the Women’s Service Day Planning Committee. Or visit our 2012 Event page or Facebook page for more information.