The “Power of Love” Campaign is the community service arm of the Rainbow Family & Friends Club of The Villages.
USED BOOK SALE A BIG SUCCESS!
Ya' won't believe it!! Fred & Herb counted up the bucks
and we raised $2928 with the book sale. We are very excited by the success of this project and proud of all we have accomplished. Thanks to everyone for your efforts and hard work especially to Karen & Suzanne who helped steer this committee to a successful end. Yawhoooo for that Power of Love!! - Wendy
Paper Shred Hits New High!
Luck was with us on more than just the weather on Saturday, March 23 & we were able to set a spectacular new record for our annual "Community Paper Shred" fund raising event to benefit the Humane Societies of Sumter County & Leesburg. The clouds parted and the lines formed so when it was all over we had raised an amazing $7211 blowing completely past our previous annual averages. This was partially due to our success with major advertising, but also to a large & generous contribution from one Family member, donated services from Hill's Shred Express & facilities from Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospital. And, we can not forget all those who showed up to direct traffic, take donations, and load the shredders with literally tons of paper brought by hundreds of participants. It was a great day! Thanks to all who made our success possible.
- Wendy O'Donnell
On Our 5th Anniversary:
We Re-Evaluate our Purpose & Direction
Celebrating our success is important, but it is just as vital to look thoughtfully to the future to see what might help us continue on a path to creating the kind of community we can collectively thrive in and enjoy to the fullest. Discussions have taken place with several groups for some time concerning directions we might choose for the Club and several themes have emerged.
One is that our family is very interested in “giving back” or, in other words, community service of some type. Since 2008 we have had as part of our Club the “Power of Love Campaign.” This program, operating on a rather casual basis, has been responsible for over $20,000 in donations to a wide variety of social agencies, animal shelters, children’s projects, food banks, etc. We have relied primarily on funds generated by our social gatherings to fund this charitable giving and as a group we have been able to make a difference in many ways.
But, if we can accomplish this without a real focus or directed effort, what could we do if we actually made the “Power of Love” a major direction of our group? This is what people have been asking for and something that will become a major component of the Club moving forward. For example, recently some urgent needs have been identified by one of our members at a local elementary school. We responded by writing a modest check to cover the cost of some supplies and some badly needed glasses for one student. But let’s not stop there since we know other needs exist. With the help of our member, who has agreed to act as the leader for our efforts to assist this school, we as a group can make a real difference during tough economic times.
What this will require is your help in identifying needs within the larger community plus your willingness to step forward with your time, energy, and yes, sometimes even your money so we might create a positive impact on the world we live in. Here is where we can do what the LGBT community has always wanted to do - to live from the heart and show the world what a generous and loving collective we really are.
As I sit to write this I am aware that CNN is announcing that President Obama has just publicly endorsed same sex marriage. What a monumental occasion we are seeing at this moment. To step forward from the shadows to millions of dinner conversations in homes all across the country is an amazing thing and is a direct result of the positive visibility we have enjoyed over the past decade. Let’s take this opportunity to keep that momentum moving through the prideful and loving efforts our community service program offers.
With best regards,
Wendy L. O’Donnell
Co-chairperson, Rainbow Family & Friends Club