Different Ways to Give on #GivingTuesday
Contribute in Someway, Shape or Form
Many people think that if they don’t have money to give, they can’t contribute during #GivingTuesday. Nonsense! There are plenty of ways to give that have nothing to do with money. Making an effort to be altruistic is what counts the most. There are so many ways to help out and so many organization’s that would be grateful for it (like A2WG).
Are We Bringing AWARENESS? YES!
September is National Addiction Recovery Awareness month. I feel like before this year it was something that organizations did and those of us in recovery would celebrate (sort of) privately with each other but very few of us would come out publicly and talk about alcoholism or addiction. I mean, why should we? The stigma that surrounds addiction is horrible. There are so many misconceptions around addiction that most of us hide in our anonymous meetings and only our close family and friends know we are in recovery.
The 5th Annual Picnic and Canoe Event
Every year the Ann Arbor Women’s Group has a family friendly picnic in July. This is one of the few events that men are welcome at as a guest of a woman in recovery. We also encourage children and dogs to come too. Recovery is a family affair and it’s important to include our families in our recovery. I brought my mother, son, ex-husband, dog and ex-boyfriend (I have a non-traditional family). 🙂
Grilling For a Cause
Whoever said that volunteer work was “work” has never volunteered with the A2WG gals. We had a blast today at Lucky’s Market in Ann Arbor for “Grilling For a Cause.” Lucky’s Market donated all of the food and we sold their homemade beer bratwurst (ironic, I know…), non-GMO corn on the cob, and beverages. A whole meal cost only $4!! A2WG got to keep all of the proceeds. That’s more money to go into our events fund to support the women’s recovery community. We were able to collect additional donations and promote our Comedy Show Fundraiser in September by passing out flyers.