Volunteers who offer their time and dedication to FamilyMeans help change lives everyday. Following are some of the stories from these volunteers, sharing their experiences in the community.
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FamilyMeans is blessed with a wealth of volunteers including Kathryn Schleich. Kathryn started volunteering at FamilyMeans in January 2012 averaging anywhere from 24-32 hours each week. Her contributions vary from assisting the volunteer coordinators with program needs to creating trivia and crossword puzzles for participants in the agency’s Day Out! program to serving on the planning committee for FamilyMeans’ annual Power of the Purse event.
In the photo, Kathryn is working with a child who participated in the summer food program, which took place in both the Landfall and Cimarron locations as part of our youth programs.
Kathryn has a cheerful demeanor and is a pleasure to work with at FamilyMeans. The staff is grateful for the time and talent she shares and her support of FamilyMeans’ work.
For the past five years more than two dozen committee members have come together to plan the annual Power of the Purse event. The event consists of a fun morning of entertainment in hopes of raising money for the programs of FamilyMeans.
The committee comprises women who are busy moms, busy employees, and busy volunteers. They work together seamlessly to plan the activities, pound the pavement for silent auction items, and promote the event, which currently attracts nearly 350 attendees.
The goal: To create a memorable event that includes a focus on the work done by FamilyMeans coupled with how the agency’s programs and services help the people in our community. The event also helps create awareness about what FamilyMeans is all about and, in some cases, generates new volunteers to share their time and talent.
The result: In 2013, the most recent Power of the Purse event raised about $25,000. These proceeds will be used to support the programs of FamilyMeans in the areas of caregiver support; counseling and therapy; grief and loss; consumer credit counseling; and youth development in the communities of Landfall and Cimarron.