And the Votes Are In…..


WPIG volunteered Sunday afternoon at Mary’s Place, which was an all-around success!  Here’s what two WPIG members had to say about this experience: 

“It was a pretty powerful afternoon hearing from 3 women who LOVE Mary’s Place and all that it has to offer them in their life of transition.” -Katie Patchin

“The facility is closed on Sundays, but they did have a few women that came in to help us… they shared their stories with us, which was really nice and for me, really reinforced why I am in WPIG and why we all were there.  It was a great day!” -Alisha Eastman

WPIG split into three groups for the afternoon: 
Group 1 sorted through and organized Bon Mary’s.  This is a shopping area where the women can buy things such as shampoo, conditioner, make-up, plates, etc.  When the women do chores at the facility, they earn points which they can use to buy items at Bon Mary’s one day a week. Group 1 worked with a 26 year old who has used Mary’s Place since last August.  Even though she is now in subsidized housing through the YWCA she still finds Mary’s Place a wonderful resource for meals and emotional support. 

Group 2 built lockers for the women who work in the kitchen to put their belongings while they prepare the food). I think they were accompanied by a woman who is 55 and homeless.  She told WPIG how she loves Mary’s place for the fellowship and sisterhood.  She usually hates Sundays because Mary’s Place is closed!

Group 3 sterilized toys in the family room, which provides a space for women and their children. It is meant to be a space where the women can call to make appointments for housing/jobs etc. and their kids can play.
In addition, WPIG donated hygiene products, socks, and coffee.  Special thanks to Starbucks, who helped us in the donation of coffee! 

So now, it’s time to hear from YOU, our loyal readers! 

Question of the day:  What is the best volunteer experience you’ve had and what made it special?  Can’t wait to hear from you!