PWC Service in 2019
The PWC Service Committee welcomes all members, new and old, to be apart of the
Loving Hearts and Helping Hands campaign to start the 2019 year.
Loving Hearts and Helpful Hands is the name of our new PWC blog section that helps share the news about the service side of PWC.
Moving forward through the year, our posts will highlight the previous month’s activity and a share of pictures when they are available. We will provide what’s coming up and give direction on how you can be apart of the Loving Hearts and Helpful Hands movement. Come read the blog each month and get inspired!
Because we have so many new members, we want to post our first blog as a general description of our charities, who is involved, and what the service entails.
Hospitality House. We have sponsored Hospitality House for many years. Carol Bogunia is organizer for this group. Three or four times per year the Club prepares and delivers meals for needy families. There are sign up sheets at our general meetings. Members can chose to provide a baked lasagna, a bagged salad with dressing, or a loaf of Italian bread. Occasionally, Hospitality House asks for cookies and brownies. If you have signed up for Hospitality House service, Carol will send an email reminder for the item to be delivered to the Wine Room on a specified date and a specified time.
Dress for Success and Loaves and Fishes volunteers assist these charities primarily by working in the organization’s work rooms. Members meet at the Club parking lot and car pool to the place of service. Lisa Gregoire is organizer for Dress for Success and Jody Getson is organizer for Loaves and Fishes.
Vicky Cobb organizes our support for The Pink House. She provides a list of needed items which are packed in pink bags for women with breast cancer. Local doctor’s offices work with The Pink House to help provide their breast cancer patients with bags containing these comforting items.
Holy Angels is a home for children and adults with disabilities. Linda Burrows organizes ladies to decorate Christmas trees and then remove the decorations. These volunteers carpool to Holy Angels and share lunch following their work.
Beth Barry has organized support for our local Police,Volunteer Fire Department and EMS for the past two years. The PWC packs goodie bags and/or delivers baked goods to them.
The PWC makes sandwiches once a year for Urban Ministries who deliver these sandwiches to Charlotte’s homeless. Linda Burrows sponsors this event. The Committee purchases meat, cheese and bread for the sandwiches and Linda delivers all to Urban Ministry’s kitchen.
Anne Marie Steele organizes our support of the local USO who greets military personal at our local airport. She notifies the membership of the USO needs and we bring donations to one of our meetings and she delivers them to the USO.
A long-standing tradition with the PWC, organized by Sherry Leopold, is the placement of flags throughout our community for our National Holidays. On Memorial Day, Sherry organizes a Run/Walk to Remember Event, supported by the Palisades Country Club and our local HOA. Members of the Community turn out to run or walk from the Club to the Austin’s Creek subdivision. This event begins with, all present, naming a fallen service member from any War and may be family member, friend or one recently killed in action.
Nicky Engle and Anne Marie Steele organize our Christmas gifts to local military families. The Patriot Military Family Foundation selects the families and forwards their needs to us. The families are never identified, only the Foundation knows who they are. Anne Marie’s assistants create gift cards with the age of the family member and their needs. There are also food and grocery gift cards for adult family members. These gift cards are hung on a Christmas tree in the Palisades Country Club foyer and any Club Member may select one and deliver their wrapped gift to the Club at our annual Holiday Party. Gifts may also be left at the Club for the Committee to collect and deliver to the Foundation.