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Volunteer Appreciation Week--April 23-29

THANK YOU to all of our volunteers!  We appreciate everything you do for us at Anna Marie's Alliance.

The volunteers seem to enjoy their time with us as well.  But don't take our word for it...here is what some of the volunteers have to say about Anna Marie's Alliance.

From Ana H. 

I have absolutely loved my time volunteering in the day care this past year and half. I have had such a blast and the staff at Anna Marie’s is phenomenal to work with.  This is such a great organization and I feel blessed to have had this opportunity. 

From Lori F.

Cooking on the weekends is so rewarding. One time my friends and I grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. There were several women and children that were scheduled to eat out, but when they found out we were grilling, they canceled their plans and chose to stay in because they hadn’t had a grilled meal in so long. It made them think of summer and picnics and FUN. One other time we cooked BBQ ribs, mashed potatoes and all the fixings. The women were amazed at the generosity and all of the children ate the ribs, in-cluding the babies in the high chairs that were on solid food. Again, a meal some of us take for granted was seen as a feast to the women and children. They talked about it for weeks!

From Chris B.

I am proud and humbled to have the opportunity to serve such an extraordinary group. The courage and fortitude of the residents at Anna Marie's are commendable. I am always rejuvenated and hopeful upon leaving Anna Marie's on a Saturday after a lunch or dinner service. Each and everyone one of them and their sweet children stay with me an fuel my week. Mahatma Gandhi says, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

From Will G.

I have had such a great experience thus far, and so much of that is accredited to the work that you do!

From Rick N.

April 25th will be my fourth year as a volunteer at Anna Maries, I am a child mentor in daycare on Wednesdays and a volunteer handyman. Starting out, I thought helping out in daycare a few hours a week would be a nice, small way to give back to my community, I never envisioned how much I would be receiving in return. When I saw their need for a volunteer handyman a couple of years ago, I thought "okay, I can help a little with that too", never dreaming what it has morphed into. At any one moment my role could be as a surrogate grandparent, [comforter of boo-boos], father, brother, or just professional friend to a resident, besides being an errand runner, lawn care worker, security man, building maintenance man, [occasional jokester], whatever
comes up, but ALWAYS a role model, this is my most important role here. The staff is very open to any idea I might have to this a better place or run more smoothly. Anna Maries has become like a second family to me, the staff [and residents] treat me like a family and we all care for one another deeply. When I greet a resident[s] I truly care how they are doing, it is important for them to know that yes, they did make the right decision to come here, and that EVERYONE cares, including the volunteers. I know they appreciate me and what I and all of the volunteers do. My growth as a person since starting here has been amazing, this an aspect of volunteer work I never considered. Anyone considering volunteering here [or possibly increasing their hours volunteering] I urge them to, you will not regret it. Volunteering at Anna Marie's Alliance has been the most rewarding thing, [other than my own family] that I have ever experienced. A huge thank you to everyone at Anna Maries for continuing to make me feel welcome and appreciated.

JOIN US!  We would like to have you volunteer.  For more information call Kim Salitros at 320-251-7203 x 210!

And a big THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers!

 

We could use....

the following items:

  • Cake-decorating gels and numbered candles for birthday celebrations!
  • Liquid Hand Soap
  • Paper Napkins
  • Women's pajamas--all sizes
  • Women's slippers with non-skid soles
  • Women's underwear--sizes 5-8
  • Hand Towels
  • Facial Tissue
  • Toilet Paper
  • New or gently used appliances for women leaving the shelter and moving into their own homes!  

 

Need a Speaker?

Do you need a speaker for a service club, faith community or workplace event? Anna Marie’s Alliance can present on a wide variety of topics. From discussing the programs and services of the agency to increasing awareness of healthy relationships and understanding the dynamics of domestic violence, our speakers would be happy to meet with your group.

In addition to our suite of presentations surrounding domestic violence, we have two additional efforts working towards primary prevention. Connect: growing a healthy relationship community ™ program trains all areas of our communities from neighborhoods to workplaces to faith, health and educational facilities. Working from a broader perspective of communication, Connect holds the key messages of respect, interconnectedness, safety, and empowerment.

The newest ancillary program is Green Dot of St. Cloud. Collaborating with the Central MN Sexual Assault Center, Anna Marie’s Alliance Prevention and Education Advocates present a nationally acclaimed program on the effects of being a bystander and gives simple action steps for intervention when abusive behaviors, (of any kind) are witnessed.

Call Deb at 320.251.7203 x 252 or Debras@annamaries.org to learn more.

 

Consider a Gift to Anna Marie's Alliance

We are grateful for the support our community has given us this year.  

Unfortunately we do not get to stop fundraising.  We continue to fundraise to keep the lights on, the computers humming, providing services to over 1,900 adult and child victims of domestic violence, education programs that provide information and mentoring to over 7,000 students, AND we have provided shelter to 11 dogs, 11 cats, and 1 rat in the Pet Safe Shelter in the last year!

Please consider a donation to Anna Marie's Alliance as part of your holiday giving.  

  • You can mail a donation to Anna Marie's Alliance, PO Box 367, St. Cloud, MN 56302
  • Use the GIVEMN donation button on this page
  • Or call us at 320-251-7203 x 254 and talk to Mackenzie to make a donation over the phone.

We appreciate any and all support.  

Thank you!

Events for Anna Marie's Alliance

anna maries heart 1Anna Marie's Alliance is fortunate to have the support of our community.

For additional information on these events; email SandyN@annamaries.org.  

Thank you for your support.  We cannot do our work without your help.

  • April 29     Rice Women of Today 5K for Anna Marie's Alliance
  • June 8-21  Crafts Direct Charity of the Week @ Crafts Direct in St. Cloud
  • June 12     FGHC Golf Outing to Benefit Anna Marie's Alliance
  • June 17     FGHC 5K at Cold Spring Brewery to Benefit Anna Marie's Alliance
  • June 24-25  Disc Golf for a Cause

If you would like to hold a fundraising event for Anna Marie's Alliance or any of our programs, contact Sandy Nadeau at sandyn@annamaries.org.

Many thanks!

 

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