Archive for April, 2012
What is your definition of mother? Some of us were lucky to have a Mom who has been with us through thick and thin, others have found other supportive women in their lives to fill the role. Some of us mother two-legged children and other those with four legs and fur (or feathers or scales!) It’s kitten season so we have momma kitties as well as foster moms. And, of course, all of our volunteers provide tender loving care just like a mother would.
Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away and what better way to honor the mother figures in your life than by making a donation to Good Mews? We’ve got lots of little ones in need of vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries before they can go home to their new families.
And starting tomorrow our Wordless Wednesday posts will feature Scarlett and her sweet litter. Each week we’ll have a video of the babies and you can watch them grow up!
At the winner’s luncheon for the Southwest LUV Grants for Good we were able to connect with several organizations doing great things in our community. One of the other finalists in the small charity category was a group called VOX Teen Communications whose mission statement is helping “teens from diverse backgrounds develop skills to express themselves effectively and build a strong community.”
Recently VOX contacted Good Mews to see if we would be interested in hosting one of their teens, Shanaejha, at the shelter as part of their job-shadowing program. Managing Editor Katie Strangis explains the program:
“Through the VOX Graduation Countdown program, teens are given support for life after high school. They attend workshops (focusing on topics such as applying for college and how to live on a budget) and interact with adult mentors. Teens are also given individual support for setting and achieving goals for after graduation. They then often pass that new knowledge along to VOX readers through the newspaper and the VOX blog.
One component of Graduation Countdown is the Take a Teen to Work job-shadowing project, matching VOX teens with professionals in their fields of interest during breaks from school (usually Spring Break). Mentors host students at work for day and generally treat them to lunch to answer questions about their work. Teens get to experience the workplace and get insights into potential careers, and then they share their experiences with our audience through our newspaper and blog. The teens choose diverse career paths to shadow, including television and print journalists to web development and veterinary interests. Past partners have included CNN/Turner, Atlanta Magazine, Georgia Tech’s Women in Engineering Program, WSB-TV, WXIA and The Highland Bakery.”
Shanaejha, pictured below with our very own Tricky, is extremely interested in working with animals and got lots of hands on experience during her day at Good Mews. We’ll be linking to her blog post here so stay tuned for her take on the day. Thanks to VOX for reaching out to us. Good Mews values our relationships with other area non-profits.
I asked Good Mews volunteers and supporters to share a few words about why they support our shelter. Lisa has been a Good Mews volunteer since 2010. In fact, today is her two year anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Lisa!
I was just recently asked, “Why do you volunteer at Good Mews?”
Spring is always a busy time for Good Mews. Kitten season has begun with our foster homes full of little ones and our fundraiser calendar is just as full.
Starting this Friday (April 13th) is our Spring Flea Market which will run for 5 weekends with new merchandise each weekend. Come by the East Lake Shopping Center (2145 Roswell Rd, Marietta 30062.) Fridays & Saturdays 9-5 and Sundays 12-5. We have housewares, jewelry, books, CDs, DVDs, toy, electronics and more. Stop by one weekend or all five and browse. This has been our largest fundraiser the last several years so please help us to make it hugely successful again this year.
We’ll also be set up at several festivals around town. Stop by the Good Mews booth to say hello, buy yourself a new t-shirt or a catnip toy for your feline friend.
April 28th & 29th – Inman Park Festival – Inman Park
May 5th & 6th – May-Retta Daze – Marietta Square
May 12th – Dog Days at The Market – Riverview Landing in Mableton
We look forward to meeting Good Mews supporters at all our events.