The New Year began for Mid-Cities S.O.S. with new requests and new challenges from Mary Lee Hafley and her staff at SafeHaven.
We are meeting the Challenge…….
Mom’s Night Out at the Shelters: Provides home cooked meals for the clients at the shelters. Contact Fonda Martin 817-485-3281 until a new 2nd VP is in place. Several of our members have delivered and served meals to the mothers and their children at the shelters. Their faces and thanks tell the story in a big way. This program is working!
Resource Fairs: Members will staff booths/tables at fairs and inform the community about how to help victims of domestic violence. Contact Fonda Martin at 817-485-3281 to inquire and/or volunteer. Training classes have started and will be continuing for a couple of months with the next class scheduled for September 8, 2010 at the SafeHaven Gramacy Location.
Court Accompaniment: Volunteers will drive clients to court from a safe and designated location. Contact Leah Shaver at 817-571-2065 to volunteer. Training for this program is pending.
Our May General Meeting focused on the above volunteer opportunities. Our speaker Tim Abbott discussed strategies for attracting the next generation of donors and volunteers by expanding our use of online social media such FaceBook and expanding into other internet websites that will improve our fund raising efforts for SafeHaven. The Celebrity Chefs 2011 co-chairs and committee have already created a Celebrity Chefs presence on FaceBook. The SOS website is now accepting donations online.
The Tennis Benefit under the leadership of Elaine Terry and Mia Poorman brought in a record amount for this event for SafeHaven. The Raffle, Basket Raffle, and Silent Auction were all exceptionally special this year. The three days, May 18, 19 and 20, 2010, saw really nice cool weather and fun was had by all. The buzz is that it was the best ever!
Celebrity Chefs 2011 has been rescheduled to Sunday, January 16, 2011. The co-chairs, Judy Waitkus and Deanna Stuart-Sonefeld with the help of their great committee are bringing new and innovative ideas to this event to make it bigger and better……Buy your tables early!
We are half way through the year and are on track with record donations. We are identifying new fund raising opportunities and thanks to Anna Saunders and Martha Blue are collecting goods from hotels and department stores to address SafeHaven’s urgent needs.
As we complete the rest of the year with a record number of members at 104, I look forward to new and exciting accomplishments from the members of Mid-Cities SOS.