IN THIS ISSUE…
1) JUST AN ORDINARY NEIGHBOURHOOD HERO
2) BOARD FOLLOWS UP AGM, LEADS BY EXAMPLE
3) VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT SOARS
4) LIFE IS NOT A PROGRAM!
5) PLEASE WELCOME EMILY
6) SETTING SAIL FOR MARITIME KITCHEN PARTY
JUST AN ORDINARY NEIGHBOURHOOD HERO
Moira Fuenzalida, a long-time LiveWorkPlay member, was recently featured in the newsletter of the condominium building where she resides. The headline read “Resident’s Quick Action Prevents Extensive Fire Damage to Unit.”
According to the article, the unit was by then full of smoke and firefighters arrived in time to extinguish a smoldering fire on the stove. The end result: nobody was hurt, and there was minimal damage to the unit.
BOARD FOLLOWS UP AGM, LEADS BY EXAMPLE
At the LiveWorkPay Annual General Meeting 2009 on August 27th there was discussion about the impact of small grassroots fundraisers. In 2008-2009 these included such events as the Garden Fairy Hosta Bee, Roger Dodger Volleyball Tournament, Hanes Wine & Cheese, Allison Moores Marathon Sponsorship, and more! Typically these events are hosted by LiveWorkPlay supporters with help from their own network of family, friends, and colleagues and minimal involvement from LiveWorkPlay staff.
The Board of Directors was so impressed with these events and their potential to bring new funds and supporters to LiveWorkPlay that they hosted their own Dinner & Kitchen Party on September 27. The sold out affair featured a specially prepared buffet at Fuschian followed by entertainment at Raw Sugar.
VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT SOARS
At the Annual Orientation on August 27 LiveWorkPlay announced an ambitious plan to radically boost the size and scope of the volunteer team, with particular emphasis on one-to-one matching.
Fran Childs has been on the case since returning to the LiveWorkPlay staff team in the summer as Coordinator of Volunteers and Natural Support Networks, and the early results are overwhelming, with the volunteer team having double in size to about 60! About half of those represent individual matches, with shared interests that range from video games to shooting pool to shopping.
Fran reports that there has been a dramatic increase in male volunteers. “What seems to be happening is many of our newest volunteers really appreciate the very specific nature of the opportunities,” says Fran.
Some interesting and exciting volunteer opportunities have also been developed. For example, if you tune intoFundamentally Sound on CKCU Radio 93.1 these days you may well hear the voice of long-time LiveWorkPlay member Ryan McBride. Ryan is actively contributing behind the scenes, and has also started doing on-air announcements!
Welcome to LiveWorkPlay!
UNITED WAY: REDISCOVER COMMUNITY
On September 23, United Way Ottawa announced its goal for the 2009 Community Campaign — $31.7 million. With this year’s campaign theme of Rediscover Community, United Way is asking everyone to look at our community in a new light, to contemplate their aspirations for it and to consider United Way as their way to achieve those aspirations. Check out LiveWorkPlay member Analisa Kiskis, featured in a poster that is part of this year’s campaign! Just click on the picture to see the full size version.
If you are participating by donating to United Way through a workplace campaign or directly from your household, you can direct all or party of your donation to LiveWorkPlay. LiveWorkPlay is currently benefitting from United Way support for our youth services, including Friday night outings during the school year, and the summer travel program! Click here for a handy PDF form that will save you a few steps in making a United Way donation.
If you would like to make a donation to LiveWorkPlay, please click here to donate online or use our new PDF donation form which now has options for credit card and pre-authorized withdrawals. You may also specify how you would like your donation to be used.
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