When the Sedona Women take on a Project, we are truly fulfilling our mission statement:
The Sedona Women, are dedicated to making a positive and lasting impact on the community by providing opportunities for women to build relationships, to learn about the community, to support community needs, and to enhance the natural beauty and distinctive character of Sedona.And – we have so much fun doing it!! Our projects are so valued, as you can see below. Some have taken just a day, some a few months, others have been repeated, and one grew over several years. Small, large, or in between, they all happened because a Dame stepped forward and said “Hey!We can help with this!" and in the process of making a difference, we’ve made lifelong best friends.
Verde Valley Sanctuary: Sedona Women rehabbed, repainted and redecorated the house for abused women and children, and turned it into a welcoming home.
Adult Community Center (now the Sedona Community Center): We re-designed and re-decorated and painted the large community room, and greatly expanded its usage potential.
The Boys and Girls Club: Again, we picked up our brushes, and painted and rehabbed this very heavily used space.
Cook Cemetery (Sedona Schnebly’s Gravesite): The Dames weeded and cleaned up this neglected historic site, and made it beautiful.
Christmas Caring: Sedona Women brought hundreds of new, wrapped gifts for needy children at the holidays proving that Santa hadn’t forgotten them.
Paint-A-Heart-Out: The Dames and their “knights” wielded paint brushes and scrapers, and gave the historic Forest Service Building and barn a much needed face lift.
Heart of Sedona: We explored (and shouted from the roof tops) the need for a true town center, or “heart” of Sedona. We didn’t solve the problem but the community is still trying to find a solution.
“Water Wise”: Sedona Women developed a water conservation and education program for Sedona’s hospitality industry, created a logo and motto that has been adopted by the city and various environmental groups, and began the Sedona Water Wise Alliance in partnership with other non-profits.
Recycling Project: We worked with Sedona Recycles to create an education program for our membership and the community, and purchased much needed equipment for Sedona Recycles.
Sedona Winds Assisted Living: Dozens of our Dames presented numerous special events throughout two years; including a “Hats and High Tea”, a Doggie fashion show, several concerts, a craft day, a Beautify Me” day, and created and hosted our signature New Years Eve Gala for the past 5 years!
A DOT Appreciation Day: Sedona Women were dressed up and made up by 6AM!! To serve breakfast and give goody bags and thanks to the 179 road workers during construction.
Giving Gardens: We developed an education program to heighten awareness of the need for food donations to the Sedona Community Food Bank, and worked with area grocery stores to make donations more convenient and accessible.
Sunset Park: Sedona Women wielded their weed whackers, shovels and pulled on garden gloves to clean and maintain the neglected planting beds at Sunset Park. Because we “shone a light” on this problem, the City has now taken over the care of the park.
The JoAnne Project: We “adopted” an amazing, handicapped women, installed ramps, weeded her yard, cleaned her house, re-did her wardrobe, gave her bi-monthly manicures, and learned so much from the indomitable JoAnne.
Christmas Angel Gifts for the Elderly: Sedona Women brought hundreds of suggested items to fill gift bags for needs, homebound seniors who would otherwise have no Christmas.
Humane Society Food Drive: During this one day project, we brought food and supplies to our Feb. meeting for a “Valentine for the animals”.
Art in the Roundabouts: This is another project where Sedona women got the conversation started, we met with the various community and City groups to expand the discussion, and eventually the entire community voted on which art was selected. We have pledged a financial contribution as well.
Sun Rise Center Adult Day Care: Sedona Women had a grand time alongside the clients from the center, working to prepare and plant planter boxes with lovely spring and summer flowers.
Sedona Women Cookbook – Almost every Dame contributed to the terrific cookbook and the committee did a fabulous job creating a culinary delight which has raised (so far!) over $4,000 for our Helen Wolfe scholarship fund.
St. Andrews Monday Night Dinner: A group of Sedona Women planned, cooked, served and cleaned up a delicious dinner (from our cookbook, of course!) for 90 very hungry folks. Another dinner will be served May 23rd – stay tuned!
Another wonderful Sedona women project! This was are 2nd dinner cooked and served at the St. Andrews Monday night dinner for the needy. Major Domo extraordinaire Helen Jarnes wore the chef's hat for the 2nd time (bless you Helen!) and she and her crew whipped up a fabulous Italian dinner for close to 100 people on May 23, 2011. They used a recipe from Lisa Dahl's new cookbook (Lisa was one of the 1st Sedona Women, and such a treasure) that was a little bit of heaven. Served with this was a huge fresh salad and yummy warm garlic bread. The tables were set with red checkered tablecloths, red candle holders and flowers. The Dames sang italian songs as they served the food and 100 hungry people got a great meal, good cheer and Sedona Women smiles. Thanks to Helen and her team of Janet Fagan, Dana Starkovich, Wendy Jacobson, Penny O'Brien, Karen Livesay and Brenda Cosse. They all had a great time (even washing those pots and pans - thanks Karen), and once again our projects prove that we can make a difference and have a ball doing it.
Sedona Clothing Bank: Our “non chocolate Valentine” was a one day clothing drive for the Sedona Clothing Bank, which not many people knew existed before the Dames became involved.
The Helen Wolfe Scholarships: Through our scholarship raffles at our May luncheons, and with generous contributions from our members, we continue to provide scholarships for women re-entering the workplace, and the women we have helped have touched our hearts, and made us so proud.
Outreach Project Guidelines: Our Sedona women are so incredibly generous with their time, talents, energies and donations, and all these projects make us proud. More will certainly follow, and there are really only three “musts” for one to be considered. A project: