President’s Notes – March 2018
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others
cannot keep it from themselves. J. M. Barrie
March was a sunshine month of hope and renewal for CAHT! We received donations from United Methodist Church as one of their Mission of the Month recipients, St. John The Devine, and a grant from Interfaith Council Social Action of Sun City Center along with multiple private donations. Plus new and renewed memberships just keep rolling in. Such welcomed support from our community and our members!
And….with big smiles, the CAHT board donated funds to Haven of Hope, Mission Smiles, U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, Healing Root Ministries, and Gannon College’s Student Conference on Human Trafficking. Selah Freedom’s Assessment Safe Home received gorgeous handmade quilts from the Kings Point Quilters. We also collected tangible items from the GFWC Sun City Center Women’s Club and other service organizations and clubs that are filling our coffers for victims’ backpacks that we distribute to law enforcement, safe homes and schools.
We participated in three community outreach programs – the Salsa Festival, the FunFest and Kings Point Spring Festival. These activities allow us to distribute information about our organization and human trafficking as well as building community rapport.
All these successful activities and committees take time and planning by multiple volunteers. They are the backbone behind our organization. Some of our volunteers still have full-time jobs, which is all the more inspiring. So please join with me in thanking the following SUPER VOLUNTEERS!
Melanie Graziano – membership coordinator; Doug Garr – our web designer; Helena Warren – Face Book coordinator; Barbara Kanoza – public relations writer and distributor; Bonnie Doll – outreach programs organizer, historian and correspondence secretary; Jim and Sandy McDermott– outreach programs organizer and inventory coordinator; Deborah Petrocelli – CAHT’s invaluable secretary; John Mitchell – treasurer and multi-tasked guy (tries to keep “Annie” in line); Joan Kramer – victim services leader and past president; Barbara Gaines – grants and fundraising leader; Carla Miles – community liaison; Anne Fenimore – education/prevention committee chair; Sally Dittman – education liaison with SouthShore area; Sharon Alvarez – outreach programs; Joan Wallace – outreach programs and healthcare; Kathy Jones – outreach programs, Diane Waronka – outreach programs and greeter.
A special thanks to United Methodist Church’s to Pat Hill and staff – without them we would not have a home for our general meetings – they are just an awesome team!