Archive for the ‘Get Involved’ Category

  • Get Involved: GYCC & Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Get InvolvedNo CommentsRead More »

    In these features, 5enses highlights individuals and organizations in the community that are making a difference. They were inspired by Alert Reader Aarti Pani and community leaders Sadira DeMarino and John Duncan. Thank you, Aarti, Sadira, and John. Want to nominate a do-gooder or a doing-gooder group? Email tips to 5ensesMag@Gmail.Com with “Do Good” in the subject line. Don’t like who we feature? Do some good deeds or start your own group and tell us about it. Remember, our community is whatever we make it. ***** Get Involved: Greater Yavapai LGBTQ Community Coalition Who are you and what do you do? I’m Chris Duarte, chair of GYCC, which stands for Greater Yavapai LGBTQ Community Coalition. The GYCC provides an umbrella of support for the LGBT community of Yavapai County and, in some cases, Northern Arizona. We point anybody who wants to be involved to services, activities, events, and education around any topic that involves the LGBT community. We have monthly general meetings, a board of 11 that meets monthly in public, as well as five subcommittees. The general meetings, which are every third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, have guest speakers from the community. We just had someone from the VA come and talk about LGBT clients and health, we’ve had Competitive Arizona, ONE Community, and intend to invite the Suicide Coalition. The

  • Get Involved: Prescott Meals on Wheels & Prescott People Who Care

    Feb 27, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Get InvolvedNo CommentsRead More »

    Prescott Meals on Wheels Who are you and what do you do? I’m Bert Ijams, the executive director of Prescott Meals on Wheels. The city of Prescott is our service area along with some unincorporated areas such as Williamson Valley and Diamond Valley, and we’ve been serving Prescott since 1973. We do three fundamental things. First, we provide hot, nutritious meals Monday through Friday, delivered to approximately 200 households each day. Second, along with that, we do a wellness check and go into the home to see if anything seems outside of the norm and ask them if they’re all right. If there’s an obvious emergency, we call 9-1-1 and stay with them until an ambulance and emergency services arrive. And third, during the meal delivery, we provide some moments of companionship. Statistically, we know that loneliness and isolation lead to a deterioration of quality of life. Combined, those three things allow an individual to stay in their own home, living independently with safety and dignity for as long as possible. I think the ability to stay in their home is critical to these people’s wellbeing. … Our program is driven by volunteers. We have 130 volunteers every month who really make our program possible. … There are two criteria for accessing services, and you can meet one or both. Number one: Can you access food and groceries? Can you

  • Get Involved: Professional Writers of Prescott and Prescott Creeks

    Jan 30, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Get InvolvedNo CommentsRead More »

    Professional Writers of Prescott Who are you and what do you do? I’m Katherine Caccavale and I’m the vice president of programming and public relations for the Professional Writers of Prescott, which has been around since 1978. We’re a community-oriented group of writers of various levels and skills. We gather for monthly meetings, and the group sponsors three or four professional weekend workshops each year that our members are entitled to attend. Typically that’s the biggest expense of the club — bringing in professionals to help with our craft. … We have many published writers, some nationally known, and we’ve also got people who still have their work in-progress on their desks. We all work together and have a couple of networking meetings per year. I was new to the group about four years ago and people took me under their wing and shared the ups and downs of their writing. It’s really nice to involved with people at various levels. We’ve got people who’re fairly well known as a lot of people who are really talented. Some of our writers work with publishers and some are self-published. … Our members write pretty much everything. There are a lot of fiction writers, and we’ve got poets, freelance writers, creative-nonfiction writers, grant writers who are looking to expand their repertoire, and some children and young-adult writers, too. A lot of our

  • Get Involved: The Launch Pad Teen Center & Prescott Astronomy Club

    Dec 30, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Get InvolvedNo CommentsRead More »

      Get Involved: The Launch Pad Teen Center Who are you and what do you do? I’m Courtney Osterfelt, and I’m the executive director of The Launch Pad Teen Center. We’re a nonprofit youth- and teen-directed center. That means that the teens, mainly 13- to 18-year-olds, who come to The Launch Pad decide what programs and events we do. The center is open 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and teens can come in, do homework, make friends, create art, play games, or make other things happen. We also give grants to teens who want to make changes in the community. We have things like Pin Parties. Basically, they take an art project they want to do from Pinterest, and we provide the art supplies to do it. There are usually 15 to 20 teens. We also have groups like the Q Collective, which includes LGBTQ youth and meets weekly and has social gatherings about once a month. We also have concerts. The music ranges from punk shows to heavy metal and everything in between. Usually attendance for those draws 70 to 100 teens. There’s a suggested donation of $5, and the door fee is split among the bands, so it’s also an opportunity for teen bands to get paid. We also have an internship program and a leadership program, and all of that is free. We also have two summer

  • Get Involved: Community Cats/Catty SHACK Rescue & Chino Valley Gay-Straight Alliance

    Dec 2, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Get InvolvedNo CommentsRead More »

    In these new features, 5enses will highlight individuals and organizations in the community that are making a difference. They were inspired by Alert Reader Aarti Pani and community leaders Sadira DeMarino and John Duncan. Thank you, Aarti, Sadira, and John. Want to nominate a do-gooder or a doing-gooder group? Email tips to 5ensesMag@Gmail.Com with “Do Good” in the subject line. Don’t like who we feature? Do some good deeds or start your own group and tell us about it. Remember, our community is whatever we make it.   ***** Get Involved: Community Cats/Catty SHACK Rescue Who are you and what do you do? I’m Susan Smart, founder of Community Cats and Catty SHACK Rescue. We’re a 501(c)(3) under the name Community Cats. We became a nonprofit in 2011. The name SHACK, our physical residence, stands for Sweetpea’s Haven for Abandoned Cats & Kittens. We got the house in 2014. All of our cats are rescues from the street. To most people, “community cats” means “feral cats,” but we don’t really do ferals. We just do friendlies that have been dumped in the community, pregnant cats that have been dumped, and kittens that are strays. They’re all friendlies that’ve been with people until whatever happened to them happened to them. So far, we’ve taken 365 cats off the street. … The first thing we do when we take a cat off

  • Get Involved: June 2017

    May 29, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Get InvolvedNo CommentsRead More »

    In these features, 5enses highlights individuals and organizations in the community that are making a difference. They were inspired by Alert Reader Aarti Pani and community leaders Sadira DeMarino and John Duncan. Thank you, Aarti, Sadira, and John. Want to nominate a do-gooder or a doing-gooder group? Email tips to 5ensesMag@Gmail.Com with “Do Good” in the subject line. Don’t like who we feature? Do some good deeds or start your own group and tell us about it. Remember, our community is whatever we make it. ***** Get Involved: Who are you and what do you do? X How can we help? X ***** X. ***** Get Involved: Who are you and what do you do? X How can we help? X *****

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