Connecting Women in Recovery


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.

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Fundraiser For Scholarships to the Women’s Recovery Retreat

It Begins…

Our May fundraising event—“the Activity Formerly Known as the Bake Sale”—took place over two weekends, May 2–3 and May 9–10, and it was a success. There was a lot of fun and fellowship around the table full of goodies and crafts, a lot of tummies came away very happy, and quite a few generous donations were made. We got the word out about upcoming A2WG activities, and a whole bunch of women added their names to the list to receive emails about upcoming recovery events. A great crew of volunteers contributed delicious baked goods, staffed the table, and joined in the Friday evening set-up and quiche-baking parties. All in all, a great way to connect with others in the recovery community, do some good service, and have a fine time in the process. Check the slide show below.

-Written by B.K.

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Why Do We Call it a Bake Sale When it’s Not?

 No One’s Economic Situation Should Determine Whether They Attend The Retreat

Right now A2WG is in the middle of a fundraising effort to send at least one third of the registrants of the Women’s Recovery Retreat to the retreat center on on the beach at the retreatscholarship. We do this every year. We don’t believe that someone’s economic situation should determine whether they attend these sobriety “booster” events or not. The retreat center charges A2WG a good chunk of change per person, but if you’ve ever been to the retreat center, you’d understand why. Look at the pictures on our Retreat page and you’ll get it.

One Third of the Women Will Go On Scholarship

Sixty people will attend the retreat this year. Because the A2WG retreat has become so popular, we “sell out” earlier and earlier every year. Going to one of our retreats is like recovery on steroids.

So let’s do some math (groan). We need 20 scholarships and the cost of the retreat is $175.

20 x 175 = $3500

$vicki bake sale3500 is the minimum we need to raise to meet the goal of offering as many scholarships as possible. Last year we had more requests then we had scholarships. We had to turn a few people down. 🙁

Our biggest fundraising efforts for the retreat are the A2WG bake sales. Whoa… Why did I just call it a “bake sale” when the title of this blog says it’s not? Well, it’s a heck of a lot easier then saying:

“Make a donation to the scholarship fund and then take a baked good off the table as a thank you gift.”


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Over 400 people enjoyed the beautiful weather at the 6th annual Ride for Recovery at Dawn Farm. Two bikers and 11 walkers represented A2WG at this fun event. After the bike/walk, Mary led us in a series of stretch exercises. Good food and good conversation rounded out a perfect Sunday morning.