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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.  If you have items to donate, but were unable to make the November meeting, you can drop them off at Helen Jarnes' home, located at 530 Rodeo Road in Sedona.

    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!

    According to Oak Creek Watershed Council director Kalai Kollus, “Of the sites we all visited, Indian Gardens and the Manzanita area had the most trash, especially near the creek. Thanks for helping us record this information in order to support the need for future improvement projects and infrastructure!”  

    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:

    “The Second Community Food Bank and I would like to thank you for your GENEROUS school supply drive to assist our local school children.  When the Sedona women are involved in a project they are involved 150%.  Every time we turned around over the past two weeks, another angel was dropping off a bag filled with goodies.  We had so much fun giving a bag to each of our children filled with crayons, markers, highlighters, paper, erasers, pencils and everything else you could think of.  The parents were just as happy as the kiddos.  You ladies removed an additional expense many parents just cannot afford. THANK YOU!”

    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,

    Many thanks to you on behalf of the Hope House of Sedona Board of Directors and future residents. Your adopt-a-kitchen project has been more successful than our wildest dreams. Truly, we did not anticipate getting so many wonderful, useful items. When we open the house, hopefully by late 2021/early 2022, our kitchen will be fully stocked and ready to go with all brand new things. Imagine how good that will make our residents feel. They will feel cared for and valued, two of the things they need most. It will be exciting!

    In addition to all the beautiful kitchen items, something else you have done with the adopt-a-kitchen is to set a precedent for others wishing to do a similar thing. Because of hearing about what your group was doing, others are now interested in adopt-a-bath, adopt-a-bedroom, and other kinds of collections. With your generosity, you have motivated others. Our sincerest thanks for taking on Hope House as your project this spring. We are most grateful.

    Sincerely,

    Gale Lothrop, Secretary, Hope House Board of Directors

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    A big Thank You! to the many women & friends who volunteered in March and April to work at the See’s Candy Wagon, St. Andrew’s Community Dinner and the Oak Creek Canyon Clean-up. All were helpful to the community and tons of fun! Special thanks to the leaders of those events, Marilyn Bealfield and her hubby, Mark, and Pam Delay. Without people like this stepping up to lead projects we couldn’t do all the wonderful service projects TSW undertakes!


    The Sedona Women and The Sedona Community Food Bank Joined forces again to staff the New See's Candy Wagon for the Fall & Holiday Seasons.

    Holiday Cards for Giving Angel Clients -  The Sedona Women  helped  The Giving Angels write and distribute 600 holiday cards to its clientele - area seniors who are at or below poverty level. Because the normal gift bags couldn't be distributed this year, this was one way the Angels brought holiday cheer to its folks. 

    The Verde Valley Sanctuary ​-  The Sedona Women helped make this Christmas special for the families living there. The Sanctuary offers a safe haven for victims of family violence and sexual assault, providing shelter, community outreach, legal advocacy and education and prevention.  The administrators gave TSW a list of children’s toys, games, warm clothes & gift cards requests that made the holiday much brighter for the youngest residents.

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    St. Andrews Dinner October 26th

    Forty four clients drove away with smiles on their faces after picking up a fabulous dinner prepared with love by Annette Pettit and her crew. The cute Halloween treat bags were really appreciated.

    The October 26 event at St. Andrews was a testament to the dedication of TSW to help our community. Thanks to all who helped.



    Oak Creek Watershed Clean Up October 13th 

    Our beautiful Oak Creek watershed suffers from all the trash that people discard day after day.  On October 13, Sedona Women met at the Sunset Park parking lot and helped clean up a portion of that watershed fronting Carroll Canyon.

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    Gifts from Verde Valley Caregivers (VVCG):

    14 Sedona Women Volunteers delivered 240 gift candles to Verde Valley Caregivers' 'Neighbors'  in Sedona and Village of Oak Creek.  The angel candles purchased by VVCG included a note 'Thinking of you' and went to many seniors who have been quarantined for months.  Recipients were very appreciative and our volunteers felt it was a worthwhile experience.  Thank you volunteers!




    St. Andrews Dinner Monday, August 31 

    ​Another successful dinner under the  stewardship of Annette Pettit. For safety,  the dinners are now being distributed to recipients as take away meals. A nutritious sandwich, watermelon, snack, dessert and bottled  water were handed out on the parking lot by our wonderful volunteers.


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    ​Run Sedona - Saturday, February 1. Once again The Sedona Women had an aid station at the Start/Finish line of the race. It was fun handing water & fruit to the runners and cheering them on!


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    New Year’s Eve Celebration at Sedona Winds — We rang in 2020 with a bang, and brought New Year’s cheer to the seniors at Sedona Winds.


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    Sedona Community Food Bank Candy Wagon - November 15 - December 23


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    Thanks to all who participated!

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    Diaper Drive December!!!

    A Big Success! Over 3000 diapers were happily received by Cathleen and Dennis at The Sedona Food Bank.

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    ​Turkey Dinner Giveaway at Cottonwood Mission - November 26th



    Oak Creek Clean-up - Have fun outside and help our environment! - October 16th, 2019

    St. Andrew’s Monday Night Dinner - July 15th 2019 and September 23rd — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

    Mother's Day See’s Candy Wagon Sales - May 3,  2019  - May 12 , 2019 - Mother's Day 

    Oak Creek Clean Up 4/24/2019 - Was fun and successful!

    See’s Candy Wagon Sales - April 5, 2019  - April 20 , 2019 - We had a very successful Spring Season!

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    “BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE” Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, Camp Verde March 31, 2019 - Was a big success and big fun!

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    ​Run Sedona - The Sedona Women successfully staffed the Start/Finish Line Aid Station at Run Sedona on 2/2/19. We cheered on the over 3,000 runners and distributed bananas and cookies to most of them. It was a glorious opportunity to be part of the action without actually having to work up a sweat!!

    Veterans Lunch -A small group of volunteers, led by Annette Petit, served a fabulous lunch to 40 veterans and their guests on Friday, January 10 at the library. The event was festive, food was delicious, and greatly appreciated by all who participated. Thank you to MaryAnn Livingstone who sang acapella, and to Mary Feeney, who worked a double shift!

    The Diaper Drive was a HUGE success!! Over 4,000 diapers were donated to The Sedona Food Bank on January 8th. This was double the amount we’ve collected in the past. Thank you, ladies!! 
    Kathleen and staff were thrilled! 

    The Sedona Women donated over 120 hours to staff the See’s Candy Wagon benefitting The Sedona Food Bank! All the stock was sold and the wagon closed before its scheduled closing date! Job well done!

    New Year’s Eve at Sedona Winds - despite a record number of volunteers, and lots of behind the scenes planning, this event was cancelled when Sedona was hit by an unexpected snow storm. Thanks to all those who were planning to help at this fun event. We’re on for next year!!

    The Sedona Women partnered with Giving Angels of AZ to prepare and distribute nearly 600 holiday gift bags for seniors in the Verde Valley. Thanks to the many volunteers who make this project possible!

    The Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway at the Mission in Cottonwood was a huge success. Nearly 650 turkeys, along with the fixin’s were distributed. Thanks to the 26 volunteers from The Sedona Women, including those family members who were in town for the holiday. What a rewarding experience! 

    St. Andrew’s Monday Night Dinners June 18, 2018 and July 16, 2018 — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 100 Arroyo Pinon Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336, saint-andrews.org

    The Sedona Women Garage Sale Volunteers - We needed help to support The Sedona Women Garage sale!  This giant event, held every 2 years, raises major funding which goes to our Helen Wolfe Scholarship fund and to support our community service projects.
    Dates: Setup took place on April 10, 11, and 12.  The sale took place on April 13th (9-3)  and 14th (9-2). 

    See’s Candy Wagon for Sedona Community Food Bank (SCFB) - Sales from the See’s Candy Wagon enable the SCFB to serve the community.  It is the primary source of funds for the SCFB — without volunteers working in the See’s Candy Wagon, the SCFB would not be able to meet its mission.  
    Dates:   Winter Season, January 26 - February 14, 2018; and Spring Season, March 16 - March 31, 2018
    Total Volunteers Hours:  147 (30% of shifts).

    Sedona Marathon Station for TSW —  We Cheered on amateurs and athletes alike in the community’s annual marathon event.   
    Date:  February 3, 2018
    Volunteers: 12 Volunteers & 47 hours

    Veterans’ Luncheon at Sedona Public Library — Served Lunch to Vets at the Sedona Library
    Event Date  Friday, January 12, 2018/12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Volunteers:  8 Volunteers & 41 hours

    New Year’s Eve Celebration at Sedona Winds —   We rang in the New Year with a bash and celebrated with the senior residents at Sedona Winds. 
    Volunteers:  17 Volunteers & 71 hours

    Old Town Mission/Cottonwood Turkey Giveaway — Volunteers to worked with Mission to distribute turkeys and food. 
    Date:  November 21, 2017
    12 Volunteers & 36 hours

    Mitzvah Day — Volunteer to do deeds in the community.  
    Date:  November, 2017
    12 - 16 Volunteers

    Rainbow Acres  — Family and Friends Western Roundup was a major event for the Staff and Ranchers at Rainbow Acres in Camp Verde.  We had volunteers to welcome guests, distribute handouts, give directions, and assist with parking, gift shop, and photo table. To learn more about Rainbow Acres click on this link. www.rainbowacres.com
    Date:  October 28, 2017
    10 Volunteers & 20 Hours

    July 17, 2017St. Andrew’s Dinner - 12-16 volunteers; 45-55 volunteer hours; served approximately 75 meals

    August 21, 2017St. Andrew’s Dinner - 12-16 volunteers; 45-55 volunteer hours; served approximately 75 meal

    COLLABORATION WITH OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS
    Giving Angels -- surprised community residents with holiday cheer by sorting, packing, wrapping and delivering gifts to community residents.
    Date:  December 11-15, 2017

    Diaper Drive - January 2017
    Thanks to all our wonderful Dames for bringing more than 2000 diapers to our January meeting. The Sedona Food Bank thanks you all!!

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    MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2016

    911 Memorial Ceremony at Fire Station #6
    An estimated 400 people attended the dedication ceremony of the 9/11 Memorial at the Firehouse in VOC. With over 23 volunteers, The Sedona Women mobilized to set up, serve and clean up a community luncheon for over 400 people! One of the highest compliments our team was paid, was when Fire Chief Kris Kazian said that The Sedona Women were his heroes!

    Oak Creek Clean Up
    Approximately 15 folks assisted the Oak Creek Watershed clean the trash along Oak Creek.  The group photo includes Dalton and Nick from the Watershed, TSW, and one spouse.  Mary Feeney was our coordinator.  It was great fun, and afterwards we had lunch at Indian Gardens Deli.  

    Our "super woman" was Valerie Wood.  She carried that plastic trash along the entire trail!

    Enjoy the slide show to the right.

    MONTH OF OCTOBER 2016

    Halloween Dinner at St. Andrews Episcopal Church
    On 10/31 a dedicated and costumed crew cooked and served a themed dinner to over 80 appreciative people. Diners were delighted with dishes such as Earthworms and Blood (Spaghetti with Marinara sauce), Vampire Bat Wings (spicy chicken wings), and Goblin Fingers and Monster Eyeballs (carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes). The creativity of Helen Jarnes knows no bounds! What a fun Halloween.

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