2021 and Earlier
Little Pink House of Hope
As one of our community services projects, we purchase and assemble welcome bags for families undergoing cancer treatment and visiting Sedona as part of the Little Pink Houses of Hope organization. The bags contain socks, bottled water and a reusable water bottle, lotion, lip balm, sunscreen, soap, sanitizing wipes, kleenex, tea, small first aid kit, snacks/gum/mints, playing cards, journal and a pen, and a Sedona souvenir photo plaque. The bags are insulated as well. The families arrived for their Sedona retreat on June 4th.
TSW helped by packing food for their "MO Packs for Children Program" which is a free food sharing program for all Verde Valley children under 19.
Oak Creek Clean-up
160 POUNDS LIGHTER!
Twelve intrepid Sedona Women ventured out to Oak Creek on May 3 to spend the day cleaning up trash. 160 pounds was collected!
Thanks to all who volunteered!
Pet Food Drive Accomplished!
Thank you Sedona Women for the wonderful outpouring of support for our local Humane Society in March. All the food is greatly appreciated by the furry friends in their care.
Diaper Drive a Success!
Thanks to all Sedona Women who brought diapers and related products for the February Diaper Drive. The Food Pantry LOVES your help and counts on our support to help those in need. If you forgot your donation, you can drop off any of these items at the Food Bank Monday through Thursday from 7:30 to noon. And thank you for continuing to support the Food Pantry through ongoing food donations.
Run Sedona = Fun Sedona
Saturday’s RunSedona was a big success all around! Twelve wonderful volunteers braved the chilly temperatures (and lack of promised shuttle service) to represent The Sedona Women’s support of this great community event. Our group handed out bananas and cookies to the exhausted runners and cheered for them all! It was so much fun to work together with our TSW friends and meet the members we didn’t know! Thank you to all who volunteered. We presented a great face of the women of Sedona!
Sedona Winds New Years Eve
In December, Community Services provided $150 for Sedona Winds Assisted Living residents to enjoy champagne and Martinelli’s at New Years since we could not host the usual celebration with them.
See's Candy Wagon for Sedona Food Bank
Our Sedona Women successfully staffed the See’s Candy Wagon over both Thanksgiving and Christmas so that our Sedona Food Bank could count on funds from this, their only fund raiser.
Great Turkey Give Away! - November 18 at Old Town Mission in Cottonwood
Sedona Women volunteers helped distribute frozen turkeys and all the fixings needed for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner for those in need.
November Coat Drive for the Area Homeless a Success!With cold weather fast approaching, the Sedona Area Homeless Alliance (SAHA) is in need of clean, gently-used items for the homeless population in the area. Thanks to our Sedona Women, over 50 coats, as well as blankets, socks and sleeping bags were collected at the November meeting.
Blanket Bee Fun and Rewarding!
Thirteen Sedona Women gathered on October 25 to craft easy to make, no sew blankets, for children in need. Led by Kathy Karlic, founder of Words & Warmth, the inspiration for this event, along with Ellen Ferreira and Diane Troianello. The 25 finished blankets will be distributed by the Old Town Mission in Cottonwood.Giving a child something tangible, cozy, and new in a moment of need provides immediate comfort and inspires hope. For more information about Words and Warmth, see the website.
Fill the School Supply Closet
Members of Sedona Women and Sedona Kind teamed up to replenish the school supply cabinets at our local schools. 14 women participated starting with breakfast at Cafe Jose, and then shopping at Staples using supply lists provided by the school administrators. Pam Hollenbach's SUV was loaded with the purchased supplies that were sorted and then delivered to the local schools. The group all felt it was a fun and rewarding experience.
Oak Creek Clean Up - September 2021
The Sedona Women crew did a wonderful job of cleaning up several sites along Oak Creek in the Canyon. In just three hours we removed 62 pounds of trash from the watershed!
We celebrated our clean up with lunch after at Indian Gardens on the patio. Thanks to all who participated. We look forward to another clean up in the spring.
St. Andrew's Community Dinner - September 2021
The Sedona Women's Club hosted the St. Andrew's Community Dinner on September 27. Led by Marilyn Bealafeld, TSW volunteers served baked chicken, potato salad, avocado and cherry tomato salad, and homemade apple bars. The vegetarian option had Eggplant Parmesan for the entree.
Give Sedona Women and two honorary members, Mark and Kevin, prepared and cooked the meals. A second shift of four Sedona Women packaged the meals and served them to the drive-through guests. Special thank you to Pat Priore who single handedly washed all the dishes and cleaned the kitchen! One volunteer went shopping with Marilyn, who led the project.
The event was gratifying and successful as well as an opportunity for Sedona Women members to socialize.
Back to School Supplies for Local Children - August 2021
The Sedona Women collected school supplies to assist local school children who are in need of these back to school items. Cathleen A. Healy-Baiza, Executive Director of the Food Bank, wrote this in thanks:
Hope House - June 2021
TSW went shopping for an Adopt-a-Kitchen for Hope House, a new Sedona shelter for homeless families with children that is projected to open this fall. There are usually 20-30+ homeless children attending school in the Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District. The goal of Hope House is to provide services, support, temporary housing, meals and transition programs to help homeless families move into permanent housing. Thanks to great participation by our women over $700 worth of kitchen items were donated! Hope House was delighted with the results and are using our effort as a model for the other rooms they want "adopted."
TSW received the following Thank You from Gale Lothrop, Secretary, Hope House Board of Directors.
Dear Sedona Women,