As I write this, I can’t believe that we are near the close of the third week of April already!  This month has gone by really fast. I think that April has flied by because Foundation 2 has so much going on right now.  Along with preparing for our upcoming Anniversary Celebration in July, we are celebrating three important dates that occur every year in April.  I would like to share with you some of the ways that Foundation 2 is recognizing these dates:

Volunteer Appreciation Week- Foundation 2 couldn’t make the impact that we do without the help of our volunteers.  Right now our largest volunteer group is the individuals who hand out food nights and weekends for our After Hours Food Pantry.  To celebrate Food Pantry Volunteers, our Food Pantry Manager is hosting a special dinner to recognize their contributions.

Earth Day- Foundation 2 is environmentally conscious and tries to be as environmentally friendly as possible.  We have recycling facilities at each of our four locations and encourage staff to recycle.  We also do the simple stuff like turning off a light when we leave the room and making sure the coffee pot and copier are turned off when we leave at night.  To celebrate Earth Day this year, a group of AmeriCorps volunteers are helping us to clean up the outside of our Administrative Building.

Shelter Awareness Day- First Lady Mari Culver is teaming up with coordinators of shelters for youth, domestic violence victims and the homeless across Iowa to raise awareness and enlist volunteers for Shelter Awareness Day. Shelter Awareness Day will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010.  Foundation 2 has two projects for our Shelter Awareness Day at the Youth Shelter.  Volunteers from AmeriCorps will be painting and cleaning the outside of the shelter.  We are also looking for volunteers to hold a donation drive for items needed by youth staying at our shelter.  If you are interested in participating, contact our Director of Development and Marketing, Elisabeth Kissling, at (319) 362-1170.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

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