“Wee Volunteer”, Do You?

Wee VolunteerIf you haven’t heard about “Wee Volunteer” and you have children in Dallas, it’s time to get involved.My new friend Michelle Chase started this organization because she wanted to create opportunities for her own two young daughters to serve, to learn the meaning of giving back to their community, and the importance of volunteering (not to mention the many valuable skills that come with the experience). I am so fortunate to have met her and gotten involved with some of the service projects like our summertime “Good Deeds Week”, our “Family Music Classes” at area nursing homes, and more. As a mommy who was already seeking ways to get my young kids giving back in the community, I had experienced the frustrating realization that most volunteer opportunities, organizations, and events are intended for older children or adults. Michelle has fixed that problem for Dallas families, and in doing so, is blessing many more! in return In February, “Wee Volunteer” had 49 families, one Boys and Girls Club Torch Club, and one elementary cheer-leading squad volunteer their time to make a difference in Dallas! They

good kids doing a good deed together

delivered 72 meals for Meals On Wheels! We made 7 blankets, 58 treat bags, 88 bandannas and donated $350.00 to the SPCA!! Michael James and I had a “Mommy and Me” date volunteering together at the SPCA, and we left hand in hand, both with big smiles! (And a plan to return for a cute puppy someday when we live in another house. Our landlady won’t allow them, which is fine with me for now.) I love that because of “Wee Volunteer”, I get to say to my child at least once a month, “I love volunteering with you!” or “I am so proud of the way you are giving back and sharing your love with people.” I love that both my kids (even my 2-year-old) are now familiar with that word, “volunteer”, and are learning about people who are less fortunate than they, are learning about the needs of the community around them, and the many good organizations out there that help to fill those needs. I believe that getting them into the habit of volunteering at such a young age will greatly shape their lives, and help them to become giving, sharing, thinking, caring citizens and leaders  in the community (and just “nice” people!).

I wanted to pass on the “Wee Volunteer” opportunities for March to your fabulous families:
  • Bridging Our Future – Saturday, March 3rd 3:30-5:30, Let’s celebrate the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge! Let’s celebrate the addition to our city’s skyline, and the future of West Dallas!!  Join Wee Volunteer for the Bridge ‘O’ Rama celebration at the Wesley Rankin Community Picnic. The Wesley Rankin Center provides seniors a place to meet for fellowship, fun and meals. With your help Wee Volunteer will provide the place-mats for some of those meals! Senior citizens will talk to our children about the way life was when they were kids. We will have pictures of children from the 1930’s and 1940’s and pictures of children today along with pictures of Dallas from the past and pictures of the skyline today – all for creating the place-mats.  Food, drinks, music, facepainters, children’s games and FUN! FUN! FUN! Appropriate for children ages 3 − 13, RSVP to michellechase@weevolunteer.org Location: Sarah E. Wilke Youth Center, 3326 N. Winnetka Ave., Dallas, Texas 75212
  • Back by popular demand Meals On “BIG” Wheels!
    March 9th – Full (Dallas Christian School)
    SPRING BREAK: March 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th 10:00 am – 12:30 am
    Wee Volunteer would like to invite you and your child to deliver meals on LOCOMOTION PARTY BUS for Meals On Wheels. After our deliveries we will tour the volunteer kitchen and learn about Meals On Wheels! 
    Appropriate for children ages 3-13, Space is very limited each day! RSVP to michellechase@weevolunteer.org
    (Cost – $10 per person), Location: Meals On Wheels Volunteer Center, 1440 W. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, Texas 75212
    (This is the service project that MJ and I did together on MLK Day, and it was a blast! see my post “Giving and Getting”. We’ll be out of town for spring break, or we would do it again. If you’re planning a “stay-cation” in Dallas, make it part of the plan!)
  • Lucky Dog! – March 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd 4:00 – 5:00, Wee Volunteer invites you and your child to the SPCA!

    Somebody went home w/ this cute puppy! (not us)

a "Wee" volunteer

decorating a bandana for a dog

 

We will tour the SPCA’s new facility and learn about animal care. We will also make treat bags, blankets and bandanas for the homeless animals waiting to be adopted. Appropriate for children ages 3 − 13, Space is limited to 15 volunteers per project. RSVP to michellechase@weevolunteer.org, This project is free of charge. A $20 donation per family to Wee Volunteer is encouraged.

  •  Share The Luck! March 9th 10:00am – 11:30am, FULL (Dallas Christian School) Wee Volunteer and the 6th and 7th grade classes from the Dallas Christian School will host a St. Patrick’s Day Party for the 115 children at the Vogel Alcove. We will provide food, drinks, games, stories, songs and of course a lot of shamrocks, rainbows and leprechauns!
“Wee Volunteer” is 100% donation based. Each project is funded by your donations and Michelle personally. DONATE  at www.weevolunteer.org, and follow them on Facebook, “Wee Volunteer” on Facebook. Please help spread the word about this great new organization, and get your school groups involved.