Most of us relish getting together with friends for fun, learning or pure moral support. Add serving others to the mix and you enrich the experience even more!
To keep connected with women in her community, four years ago Margie, a single, retired railroad manager, joined the Homemaker’s Council, a service group that has 19 chapters throughout Nassau County in Long Island, NY. She networks, enjoys monthly speakers, attends interesting events – and generously gives to others.
From handing out new socks at a Veterans’ hospital and supporting a home for unwed mothers, to creating Care Bears for children who have suffered the loss of a loved one, to making holiday flower arrangements for Meals on Wheels, these dedicated women do for others what they can’t do for themselves. The true definition of helping!
“While I enjoy going out to eat, watching a play or going on a cruise with friends, Homemaker’s Council allows me to contribute to others and socializing while doing it!” says Margie. “We all share similar values, which makes the experience extremely rewarding.”
Margie’s chapter raises money to reach out in innovative ways. For example, each member brings a new gift worth $15 to be raffled at various events, from St. Patrick’s Day to the annual holiday party. Members recommend worthy causes and nine to ten charities each receive $100 of the proceeds.
To add to the mix, the group also holds fun classes, ranging from how to make Italian wedding soup to creating no-sew blankets and belts from soda can tabs, to making money roses.”
Because the village hall in New Hyde Park where Margie’s chapter meets has limited space, membership is kept at 120 women – and yes, there’s a waiting list. It seems that joining friends for a cause is something many women want to do! The group’s creed includes many awesome reminders: learn, make friends of strangers, praise, really hear and see, laugh more than complain, and make today better than yesterday!
The Homemakers are doing that for each other and for all whose lives they touch!
Do you belong to a women’s group with a heart for helping others? If so, reach out to us, and we’ll share your story in a future blog. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!