RAF Indianapolis In Bloom Newsletter – Summer 2018
IN BLOOM NEWSLETTER Summer 2018
We’re thinking about what a busy summer we’ve had (touching more than 5,250 recipients’ lives since the beginning of June) and how much we have in store for us as the weather cools down. We hope that your summer has been full of giving, fun, and adventure, too!
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to show you some of the amazing things we’ve been able to do over the past few months and to introduce you to a few of the incredible people who make it all possible.And, thank you for your continued support of our mission!
Drop in and join us for treats and thanks
as we celebrate our second birthday
and the supporters, donors,
and volunteers who make it all possible!
RAF Indianapolis Workshop
1057 East 54th St. Suite F
Indianapolis, IN 46220
SUMMERTIME AND THE GIVING IS EASY
We have enjoyed a full and busy summer here at RAF Indianapolis!
On top of fulfilling our regular mission of delivering hope, we –
were part of the Indianapolis Garden Club‘s annual Garden Walk, featuring 5 fantastic gardens paired with 5 local Plein Air artists. Proceeds benefit several local community projects, including RAF Indianapolis.
included in YELP Indy‘s Broad Ripple Block Party, featuring the best and brightest of our neighboring businesses. At the RAF stop, participants made bouquets for delivery and learned more about our mission.
honored THE BRIGHTEST WEEK on June 17-23, delivering nearly 1,000 bouquets to recipients affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. These special deliveries were supported by funding from Eli Lilly and Company.
hosted days-of-service for several local companies and organizations, including Ashfield Meetings and Events, Cathedral High School’s Service Camp, Crowe Consulting, and Salesforce.
traveled to RAF’s National HQ in Knoxville, TN, at the end of July for a few days of leadership training and a celebration honoring the organization’s 10th birthday!
hosted another SOLD OUT Flowers After Hours event on August 22nd. Participants created one arrangement to keep and one for delivery. Stay tuned on Facebook for information on our next one!
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HELPING INDIANAPOLIS BLOOM
No one could accuse Pamela Leap of having too much time on her hands! She’s a Master Gardener, and her half-acre yard is filled with various gardens which keep her busy, especially during the warmer months. She volunteers for a hunger relief kitchen once a week and also at the Madeline Elder Greenhouse at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She travels, has lively gatherings gal pals, loves to read, and has recently taken up sewing again.
And, she is one of the dedicated volunteers right here at RAF Indianapolis. She got involved shortly after our branch opened its doors. After hearing about the mission from a Horticultural Society colleague (oh yeah, she’s involved there, too!), she was “so excited about it that I called to sign up the next week.”
Her excitement stemmed not only from her love of flowers and gardening, but also because she is “a believer in random acts of kindness and paying it forward. Flowers always bring me joy, so I wanted to do my part to make that happen for others. I can’t heal them, but I can help them smile, make their day brighter.”
And, as an RAF volunteer, she knows that the everyone on the team puts their “efforts into that one thing – to make someone smile. If that someone is feeling alone or left out, we let them know they are remembered. If they feel overwhelmed by their particular challenge, we let them know that there are others who wish them well. It helps to be reminded that when we struggle, there are those who want to help. Most of the volunteers at RAF don’t get to meet the folks who receive our lovely bouquets, but I am fortunate to be part of the group who deliver flowers to Riley Hospital for Children and it is so special! The kids are surprised to be given such a grown-up gift, and the parents are always touched and appreciate the gesture.” That extra-special connection with recipients is only one of the things that motivates Pamela to keep coming back to volunteer week after week.
She knows “You can’t leave RAF after refreshing the flowers or making the arrangements in a bad mood – no way! Surrounded by such beauty, the riot of colors, the lively chatter of my fellow volunteers as we work our magic, I always look forward to my time in the workshop.” And, all of us look forward to seeing her, too!
A postscript from Pamela –
If you are reading this newsletter, it means that you also support Random Acts of Flowers, and to that I say – “Well Done, You! Keep spreading the Love!”
RAF INDIANAPOLIS IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Will Power may have won the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 102nd running of the Indy 500 this year, but we feel like we’re the real champions! After our flower rescue missions at the greatest spectacle of racing and Victory Banquet, we cruised away with enough flowers to make and deliver 200 arrangements!
Deliveries of Hope 45,000+ in Indianapolis 350,000+ Nationwide
Vases Recycled 45,750+ in Indianapolis 366,000+ Nationwide
Volunteer Hours 14,000+ in Indianapolis 166,000+ Nationwide