“The Pepper Job”

PVC members spent time at the Food Gatherers warehouse sorting green peppers, putting them into bags, and loading them into boxes on a palette, for delivery to local food banks.

PVC members put green peppers into bags.

PVC members put green peppers into bags.

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Perry Nursery School Mailing Project

PVC members enjoyed pleasant social conversation as they put together a 630 piece mailing of the school’s annual report. A complex assembly, it involved multiple parts – the report, an insert, and envelopes. Careful placement of the materials in a certain order along with multiple folds and tabs were required to complete the project.

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NEW Center “Painting Project” Thank You

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The tenant is pleased with the new bright turquoise walls. Thank you so much for doing such a fine job of painting their office. They are truly thrilled.

Paula Rand
Tenant Relations Manager
NEW (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work)

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Greenfield Village “Holiday Nights” Social

In December, PVC experienced an enjoyable evening filled with lively encounters-Santa Claus and reindeer, a World War II soldier, and a drum and fife band.

PVC members stand in a gazebo decorated for Christmas at Greenfield Village.

PVC members stand in a gazebo decorated for Christmas at Greenfield Village.

The group toured homes, learning how families lived and celebrated the holidays in past centuries. Members also sang Christmas carols at the community sing and watched fireworks explode in the sky-all part of this spectacular event.

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The Salvation Army “Christmas Program” Thank You

It is a joy for The Salvation Army to express our appreciation to you for your support this Christmas season.

If not for the families, churches, corporations,

A PVC member arranges toys on one of the tables in December 2013.  Parents came in the next day to choose items for their kids as part of The Salvation Army’s Christmas program.

A PVC member arranges toys on one of the tables in December 2013. Parents came in the next day to choose items for their kids as part of The Salvation Army’s Christmas program.

organizations or individuals such as you to help our program, The Salvation Army of Washtenaw County would not have been able to make this Christmas season memorable for more than 1,000 children in our community.

Thank you for caring so much and for touching the lives of so many people this year.

Many blessings to you for a successful and Happy New Year.

Darlene Howard
Volunteer Coordinator
The Salvation Army

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Trip to Frankenmuth, Michigan

Members visited Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, toured the Silent Night Memorial Chapel, had lunch at Zehnder’s, and stopped at Birch Run Mall on the way home in November 2013. Visit a2pvc.org for more information.

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Hudson Mills Metropark and Dexter Cider Mill Social

Members enjoyed a brisk three mile walk on a cold and windy day at Hudson Mills Metro Park and treated themselves to goodies at the Dexter Cider Mill-apples, donuts, cider, and apple turnovers. Yum!

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Washtenaw Literacy Thank You – “Driving Literacy” Fundraiser

PVC members at Washtenaw Literacy's  "Driving Literacy" fundraiser.  Members assisted with the silent auction portion of the event.

PVC members at Washtenaw Literacy’s “Driving Literacy” fundraiser. Members assisted with the silent auction portion of the event.


Thank you for your work on October 19th! Washtenaw Literacy made close to $80,000 with your help. We couldn’t do it without you. Whether you’ve been with us for 15 years running, or whether this was your first WL event, we appreciate your time and passion.

Again, thanks for another wonderful year. Both staff from WCC and BidPal commented on how hard-working, professional and focused you were throughout the night.

Alison E. Austin
Program Administrator
Washtenaw Literacy

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Volunteer on Make a Difference Day

Soon the United States will celebrate “Make a Difference Day,” the largest national day of community service.

What are you doing to mark the day?

I plan to sort food and restock the pantry in the Food Gatherers warehouse in Ann Arbor on Oct. 26.

Sponsored by Points of Light, an organization dedicated to volunteer service, and USA Weekend, a news magazine published by Gannett, the celebration is held annually on the fourth Saturday in October. According to Points of Light the day is designed to “connect people with opportunities to serve, increase the strength of communities, and encourage civic engagement.”

In Ann Arbor, Professional Volunteer Corps offers single people the opportunity to make a difference every day, all year long, by getting involved in projects that help non-profit agencies serve the community.

Here’s what PVC members say about volunteering:

Robert Klingler said it allows him to pursue his passion of making life better for others.

“I like to help agencies that make an impact on problems in Ann Arbor such as Peace Neighborhood Center and Ronald McDonald House,” he said.

Crystal Heft’s belief that “I am responsible for sharing my gifts with others, offering them prospects for personal growth and lending support when needed” has been a guiding force in her life.

A way of life for Betty Tecco, she said: “In all my volunteer experiences, I find satisfaction in being able to do something for others who may not have been as fortunate in their lives as I have been.”

Bill Kidd started providing community service after discovering issues needing to be addressed and realizing he could only do so much by himself.

“Selective volunteering enables me to join like-minded individuals or organizations to further understand these causes and contribute beyond myself,” he said.

The group works with non-profit organizations such as Food Gatherers, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Washtenaw Literacy, Natural Area Preservation, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, American Cancer Society, NEW Center, and many others with specific one-time projects.

Members choose from a variety of projects that match their schedules and interests, such as silent- auction fundraisers, mailings, park maintenance, sorting food, clothes and toys, run and walk events, cooking and serving meals to the needy, and ushering for concert performances.

Short-term volunteer opportunities are set up on weekends, with an average time commitment of three hours per project which is ideal for busy single people.

The organization also offers social activities for its members such as trips to area attractions, cultural arts performances, outdoor events, a restaurant club and walking group, which allows for making new friends with people who share the same interests.

Professional Volunteer Corps holds monthly membership meetings at 7:30 pm on the second Friday of the month at the NEW Center, 1100 N. Main St., in Ann Arbor. At the meetings members discuss projects, conduct business, and participate in social opportunities. There is an information session for prospective members at 7 p.m. before each meeting.

Anyone who is single, widowed or divorced, and at least 25 years of age can join. The annual membership fee is $40. For more information, visit a2pvc.org or contact pvc_a2@email.com.

Kidd sums up his experience this way: “Volunteering keeps me active and engaged, gives me a chance to meet new people, provides a sense of balance with work and family, and brings a feeling of pride and ownership in the community.”

On behalf of PVC, I invite you to join us in “making a difference” in the Ann Arbor community.

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PVC Visits the Toledo Zoo

Wallabie

Wallabie

The group took a trip to the Toledo Zoo to see the Wild Walkabout From Down Under Exhibit.  We enjoyed seeing the Australian animals, which are not typically there.  It was a  first for us.  I have created two videos that show some of these creatures. Click here and then click here.

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