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A FAITH IN ACTION NEWSLETTER SPRING 2014

SAVE THE DATES: VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON SEPTEMBER 30TH & “LIFT YOUR SPIRITS” FALL FUNDRAISER OCTOBER 15TH

Tina Prikryl

LIFT YOUR SPIRTS

Executive Director

OCTOBER 15 4-7 PM Interim Services Coordinator Volunteer Wendy Marquardt

RAFFLE DRAWING

2014 up to date: Enrolled 19 new clients

SILENT AUCTION

Recruited 13 volunteers Gave over 1255 point-topoint rides to seniors

FONDUE CONTEST

Drove seniors over 18,276 miles Donated over 1569 volunteer hours to our community The Neighborly Way

Location: Water 2 Wine 3400 W. Anderson Lane, Austin 78757


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SPRING 2014

FROM MY HEART TO YOURS:

Money, money and money, that seems to be the focal word at various staff functions. Truth be known, we always need money to continue to function in today’s world. We work hard for the few dollars we do raise through our garage sales, plays and other function and yes, sometimes it comes straight out of our pockets as volunteers. And more often than not, I join in the clamor for more money. Then there were May bags. Bags colored by local church children, filled with special little gifts and mostly filled and delivered with love. Some 225 bags were put together and delivered. I personally had the honor to deliver many of these and to visit some folks whom I did not know. I was brought almost to tears when I came to realize the plight of some of our elder citizens. The strength and fortitude they exhibited in the face of harsh and grim medical conditions and what I call the deserted island syndrome when their Drive a Senior Volunteer might be the only other person they see in a week or even a month and they are starving for the manna of socialization. The contents of the bags was extremely important, especially the love that was obviously put into and on each bag. I was reminded in no uncertain terms’, it is not about “money” but rather about “people.” To each of our clients I say, you are our reward. To our amazing volunteers I say enjoy, be filled with love and kindness for you are the captain of a rescue ship to that deserted island. May your sailing be smooth and your pathways clear. When all the world seems to fail you, remember, God is always with you, his grace will not fail you. I bid you peace! Bob Wilson, Board President, Drive A Senior, North Central Austin


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Members Helping Members Members of the Crestview United Methodist Church Performed yardwork as part of their helping client members of Drive a Senior/North Central. The all-ages group, spent several hours raking leaves, picking up sticks and manicuring flowerbeds over three separate days during the Lenten season. Crestview United Methodist Church is among one of our sixteen supporting congregations Located in the Drive a Senior North Central Service area. Thank you for lending a Hand.

Several members of Drive a Senior North Central Volunteer group step out to the client neighborhoods this Spring to deliver May baskets to our 250 member recipients. Smiles and words exchange in the hand to hand delivery. Thank you Volunteers for joining us in this annual tradition.

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SPRING 2014

SPECIAL THANKS FOR FUNDRAISERS EVERY BIT HELPS! Drive a Senior Network raised $16K through Amplify Austin during its second year participation in Amplify Austin a Festival of Giving. Online donors contributed generously to the Faith in Action network comprised of eight groups --Georgetown, Round Rock/Pflugerville, North Central, Northeast, West, Southwest, South, Elgin. The network as a whole, which serves over 3000 clients annually in the Greater Austin area, raised over $10,000 which was matched at 50% by the St .David’s Foundation. North Central portion of the proceeds were $1,586. A special thanks to our generous donors and St. David’s Foundation. We are most grateful for your generosity and support.

In February, Paradox Players Theatre Outreach Group of the First UU Church of Austin, presented an outstanding performance of Richard Alfieri’s play, SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS to a sold out crowd. All proceeds, a bit over $1,100, went to Drive a Senior-North Central. A special thanks to those who purchased tickets and attended. And to those who helped stage the event.

In April, Drive a Senior North Central held their Spring Garage Sale at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection Parish Hall, raising a bit over $700. Unsold items were donated to the church thrift shop and Salvation Army. A special thanks to those that participated in the sale— donating and/or purchasing items. And to the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection for providing space in their Parish Hall and those who helped organize the sale.


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A Big Thank You to our Donors and Funders: February 1 thru May 15, 2014 Individual Donors

Virginia Scott

Martha Allen

Dorothy Havelka

Ethel Brack

Bobby Jones

Mattie Barrett Burke

Ellen Sims Reiko Stepura

Eleanor Langsdorf

Judy Stroud

Virginia Litt

Hue Thi Tran

Delores Capps

Ruth A. Miller

Janet Turner

Gwynn Carpenter

Marjorie Nash

Patricia Ward

Diana Darrah

Vong S. Pham

Robley Gerdetz

Lynette Pittsford

Lois Harlan

Jane Rase

Ruby Burns Martha Bythewood

Margie Wendland W.M. Wheatley Norma J. Whittenberg

Supporting Congregations Crestview Baptist Church Crestview UMC Episcopal Church of the Resurrection

Northwest Baptist Church Redeemer Lutheran Church

Faith Lutheran Church

St. Albert the Great Catholic Church

First Cumberland Presbyterian

St. John’s Episcopal Church

First English Lutheran

St. Louis Catholic Church

First Unitarian Universalist Church Gethsemane Lutheran Hyde Park Christian Church

Special Donations

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Trinity United Methodist Church

Memorials Nelda Ayers

Memory Verlie Ponder

Thomas W. Carlson

Memory Verlie Ponder

Crestview United Methodist Church

Eva Church

Memory Verlie Ponder

H.A.N.D.

Charlynn Doering

Memory Verlie Ponder

Anne Kuempel

Memory Verlie Ponder

Cindy Meek

Memory Verlie Ponder

Knights of Columbus St. Alberts Knights o Columbus 5967 St. Louis

Foundations & Grants

Mrs.L.Gean Richardson Memory Thomas Richardson Marlene Rickard

Memory Verlie Ponder

New Freedom

Dessie Sherrill

Memory Verlie Ponder

IBM

Mrs. R.S. Whitehurst

Memory Verlie Ponder

St. David’s Foundation

Capital Metro

In Kind

Federal Transportation Admin. Isla Turner Friendship Foundation

Cindy Meek


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Don’t Forget

SPRING 2014

Use This Chart To Schedule Your Drive

We need at least three working days beIf Your Appointment is On: fore your appointment to find a volunteer Monday: Call BEFORE Wed. of to provide your ride. All service requests must go through our office Not to call our volunteers directly To notify us immediately if you need to cancel your appointment—don’t wait until the volunteer arrives at your home to cancel. This wastes volunteer resources. For Volunteers: Please call your passenger when you accept the assignment to let them know you are driving them. And follow up the day before the drive, to remind them who you are and what time you plan to arrive to pick them up.

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Previous Week Tuesday: Call BEFORE Thurs. of the Previous Week Wednesday: Call BEFORE Fri. of the Previous Week Thursday: Call BEFORE Mon. the week of your Appointment Friday: Call BEFORE Tues. the Week of Your Appointment Saturday: Call BEFORE Wed. the Week of Your Appointment To Schedule Your Request Please Call The Office At:

512-453-2273

Gratitude and Attitude Go a Long Way Making Yours and Everybody’s Day

PLEASE WELCOME DRIVE A SENIOR NORTH CENTRAL NEW BOARD MEMBERS

BOB BEYER, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection KATIE PACE, First Cumberland Presbyterian Church STEVE ZWERNEMANN, Faith Lutheran Church

For announcements and notifications of happening events, please visit our website at www.driveasenior.org And please friend us and like us on Facebook-Drive a Senior North Central


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THE REALITY OF IMAGINATION

SPRING 2014

(by Bob Beyer)

Imagine world peace, with war no more. Imagine only one race – the human race. Imagine complete equality for all mankind. Imagine caring for all forms of life on earth, our only home. Imagine acceptance and respect for our diversity. Imagine a world free of hunger, oppression, and poverty. Imagine our failings being replaced with forgiveness and love Imagine how much we receive by simply giving. Imagine what one person can do to make this happen. Imagine yourself looking into a mirror! Can you see GOD?

Summer Help Needed

Summertime is near and the need for summer help is here! If you can share some of your summer time and help your senior neighbors please contact us at 512-453-2273 nc@driveasenior.org for more information and to sign up for a volunteer orientation. Please know your help will make a huge difference!

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