Sometimes you have to get outside of your bubble to get the best perspective on life. Or at least that’s what I’ve heard. I personally find it very difficult to do this. I’m a keep-my-nose-to-the-ground, spend all my hours at my computer, plugged in 24 hours a day type of business owner. To a fault.
So, when we relocated our family to St. Augustine, FL and I became a mom, I told myself I would make more of an effort to say yes to more party invitations, say yes to more family time, say yes to building more relationships outside of my comfort zone – the offices of Occasions Media Group. And as luck would have it, just as I was telling myself to be more of a “yes woman,” I was asked by the Junior Service League of St. Augustine to volunteer as a “candidate” for their annual gala. So I said yes.
This year I’ve been asked to be a “Queen Candidate” to raise money on behalf of the Junior Service League and their charitable efforts each year. In doing so, they asked me to pick a local charity that I will represent in my efforts and if I raise the most amount of money among all of the other queen candidates….. my charity of choice will be awarded $5,000 for my efforts.
I got this.
I have chosen to fundraise for the Junior Service League of St. Augustine on behalf of the Alpha Omega Miracle Home. While the money I raise goes to the JSL’s bank of funds that are donated to the St. Augustine community, it is awareness and additional funds that my efforts will bring to the Alpha Omega Miracle Home.
Why did I choose the Alpha Omega Miracle Home?
My life was transformed the day I became a mother. I had an amazing pregnancy experience, was showered with gifts from friends and family, had an amazing birth experience with the best midwife, doula and nursing staff, the most supportive husband a girtl could ask for, and had access to every convenience, technology and information resource a new mom could ask for. While I was experiencing a surge of “happy mommy hormones” I couldn’t help but think of the many other mother’s who wouldn’t have it like me. I thought of every women who has struggled with the choice of abortion. Women who are on waiting lists for adoptions. Mothers who were in unsafe home environments, victims of abuse, struggling to recover from past choices ….whatever the case… my heart was so heavy for these women and felt like I had to do something to help.
I started to do research on organizations that help women in crisis pregnancy situations and mentor them by providing relief during their pregnancy and life as a new mom or educating them on the gift of adoption. I found the Alpha Omega Miracle Home in St. Augustine, FL.
What is the Alpha Omega Miracle Home?
AOMH provides transitional housing for homeless women and their children and permanent, supportive housing for senior women.
The organization was started by Lisa Franklin, a native of St. Augustine, who was once herself a pregnant teenager. In choosing life at such a young age, she has seen her son grow to be a loving husband, father and community leader. Because of her experience, she found herself called to mentor young mothers and support elderly women in a way that forms a surrogate family for the two.
Alpha Omega Miracle Home is a safety net for women and children that works to break the bondage of poverty, abuse and homelessness by responsibly sowing Godly love, compassion, and material resources. They are a hand up, not a hand out organization. They address both the external issues of income and housing, as well as the root causes that have led to a family’s homelessness, in order to help single mothers become who they were created to be: productive members of the community. In addition, Alpha-Omega endeavors to honor the gifts and contributions of our senior residents while providing safe, affordable housing.
Below is a video about their efforts worth taking a few minutes to watch….
For more information on the Alpha Omega Miracle Home, visit their website here.
What does this all mean to you?
It’s fundraising time. I am seeking corporate sponsorships for the Junior Service League Gala to be made in my name. If you are seeking PR opportunities for your company that supports a worthy local cause, give you the benefits of a tax write off and tickets to the gala, I will happily hand deliver your donation to them. 😉
You can access a PDF outlining the efforts of the Junior Service League and the sponsorships levels at the dropbox link below.
Please let me know if you have any questions and what level participation you’d like to be involved in for this year’s event.
Thank you so much for your support and help to win the Alpha Omega Miracle Home $5,000.