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Friendship for a Cause: Enriching Others, Rewarding Ourselves!

February 4, 2012

 Most of us relish getting together with friends for fun, learning or pure moral support.  Add serving others to the mix and you enrich the experience even more!

To keep connected with women in her community, four years ago Margie, a single, retired railroad manager, joined the Homemaker’s Council, a service group that has 19 chapters throughout Nassau County in Long Island, NY.  She networks, enjoys monthly speakers, attends interesting events – and generously gives to others.

Giving: The Backbone of the Homemaker's Council

From handing out new socks at a Veterans’ hospital and supporting a home for unwed mothers, to creating Care Bears for children who have suffered the loss of a loved one, to making holiday flower arrangements for Meals on Wheels, these dedicated women do for others what they can’t do for themselves.  The true definition of helping!

“While I enjoy going out to eat, watching a play or going on a cruise with friends, Homemaker’s Council allows me to contribute to others and socializing while doing it!” says Margie.  “We all share similar values, which makes the experience extremely rewarding.”

Handiwork of the Homemaker's Club

Margie’s chapter raises money to reach out in innovative ways.  For example, each member brings a new gift worth $15 to be raffled at various events, from St. Patrick’s Day to the annual holiday party.  Members recommend worthy causes and nine to ten charities each receive $100 of the proceeds.

To add to the mix, the group also holds fun classes, ranging from how to make Italian wedding soup to creating no-sew blankets and  belts from soda can tabs, to making money roses.”

Because the village hall in New Hyde Park where Margie’s chapter meets has limited space, membership is kept at 120 women – and yes, there’s a waiting list.  It seems that joining friends for a cause is something many women want to do!  The group’s creed includes many awesome reminders: learn, make friends of strangers, praise, really hear and see, laugh more than complain, and make today better than yesterday!

The Homemakers are doing that for each other and for all whose lives they touch!

Do you belong to a women’s group with a heart for helping others?  If so, reach out to us, and we’ll share your story in a future blog.  Email womeniwanttogrowoldwith@gmail.com.  Thank you!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rose Fiorenti, District 3 Leader HCNC, Inc. permalink
    February 13, 2012 12:00 pm

    Long before I read your wonderful blog about the Homemakers Council of Nassau County, I realized how lucky I am to be a part of such a great organization. I have often said that we ladies from the New Hyde Park chapter are so fortunate to have found this special group at this time in our life. (Majority of us are aged sixty + and over). Thank you for writing such a terrific blog. Marge has shared the news of your blog at our business meeting and I will certainly share it with the other Nassau chapters.

    • March 13, 2012 8:40 pm

      Thank you so much, Rose! It’s terrific that you cherish your friendships and the Homemakers Council. Thank you for sharing the blog so that others too will be intentional about having women they want to grow old with in their lives!

      Cheers,
      Diane

  2. Kathy White permalink
    May 13, 2012 8:33 pm

    Over the years I have worked with many wonderful women in numerous organizations to help strengthen our community. I count some of these times as my happiest memories, and love seeing the powerful impact these women have made to the world!

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