The women of the Piper Glen Women’s Club want you to make a difference in the community, and they’re making it easier than ever for you to accomplish with a new initiative called Moments of Service.The concept is simple: Provide a variety of opportunities for people to support a good cause. Some take very little time or effort, others require a bit more of a commitment, but all support local organizations with an emphasis on helping women and children.Since the club launched its Moments of Service program in August, it has collected school supplies for Classroom Central, participated in the Isabella Santos Foundation’s 5K Race for Kids’ Cancer, hosted a birthday party for children living at Hope Haven (a residential rehabilitation program for homeless adults who are chemically dependent and their families), read regularly with children at the YWCA, and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House.In October, members plan to walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K, sort donations at the Second Harvest Food Bank, and on Oct. 26 will host a collection of gently used clothing and household items to be donated to the Assistance League of Charlotte (an organization that provides food, clothing and school supplies to children in need, as well as scholarships for teens and other services).“We know that most people would love to help but do not always know how,” said Bearle Chamblee, head of the club’s philanthropic committee. “We’ve done our homework and carefully selected the charities, then we meet monthly to organize various events to support them. We want lots of people to get involved, so it has got to be easy.”The Piper Glen community has been supporting Charlotte’s shelter for battered women for years by holding an annual event to collect gifts to stock the shelter’s holiday store, where mothers and children can shop for one another.After the Piper Glen Women’s Club was formed in 2011, it took over the event and has significantly increased the number of attendees and contributions, pulling in 625 gifts and $3,378 in monetary donations in 2012. Some of that money was used to furnish and decorate an emergency intake room at the new 80-bed Clyde and Ethel Dickson Domestic Violence Shelter, which opened last December.“There is original art in that room, and a really comfy chair,” said club President Gunnel Greenhagen. “Our group went to a lot of effort to make the room feel warm and welcoming.”Warm and welcoming is exactly what the club wants to be to women in the community, and not just in Piper Glen.“We are not an exclusive group at all. Anybody’s welcome,” said Greenhagen.There are 140 members from all over the Charlotte area, and roughly 400 names on the club’s email distribution. The club has monthly luncheons that often center around an event (such as November’s upcoming fashion show) or a topic (such as last month’s presentation on the “sandwich generation”). Nonmembers are encouraged to attend to meet people and learn more about all of the interesting things the club has to offer. There’s a gardening group and a book club, a culinary club, and regular gatherings for those who like to play bunco, bridge or mahjong. At its heart, the Piper Glen Women’s Club is about making connections with other people and with the community.“When we first started and were telling people about the club, we kept hearing from women that they’d lived here for a number of years but didn’t really feel like they knew their neighbors or felt like part of the community,” said Greenhagen. “The women’s club makes us all feel welcomed. It’s a way you can give back and also be embraced.”
Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
Charlotte’s Piper Glen Women’s Club makes a difference with ‘Moments of Service’ initiative
Want to help? Piper Glen Women’s Club will host a truck from the Assistance League of Charlotte at the TPC Piper Glen clubhouse at 4300 Piper Glen Drive. Please drop off gently used clothing and household items between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 26. The Piper Glen Women’s Club is open to women anywhere in the Charlotte area. The club meets monthly and nonmembers are welcome. Visit www.piperglenwomensclub.com to join or for information on upcoming events.
Angel Trimble is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Angel? Email her at email@example.com.
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