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Sister-Corps

History

2024

Support of First Responders in Texas Panhandle Fires, February 2024

Blood and blood products drive- nationwide, February 2024, led by Jane Farmer and Bernice Benesch

Mississippi (Amory) Tornado – rebuilding homes, 44 volunteers worked on 3 houses, partnered with 8 Days of Hope, led by Lynn Boykin

Oklahoma (Shawnee) Tornado – rebuilding and repair of 7 homes, 38 volunteers partnered with R.O.A.D (Recovering Oklahomans After Disaster), led by Bren Williams

Carpentry Class in New Bern, NC. 8 volunteers participated, organized by Virginia Spencer

Sister-Corps Board (6) attended national VOAD in Phoenix, AZ

Carpentry Class in Camp Agape, North Carolina. 8 volunteers participated, organized by Lisa Holzworth

2023

Community First – a drive for basic hygiene items for women in domestic violence shelters, Nov-Dec 2023

Carpentry class and retrofitting a donated cargo trailer in Texas, 11 volunteers, led by Leeann Moore

Advanced Wilderness Medicine in North Carolina, 9 volunteers, led by Dr. Beth Fry

Basic Carpentry – one week class held for 2 separate weeks, taught by Bren Williams

Beach Cleanup – Port Aransas, TX, in conjunction with Sisters on the Fly event, 85+ volunteers, led by Anna Tobias and Sheri Johnson

Pearl River Cleanup in Mississippi, 10 volunteers, organized by Lynn Boykin

Build-a-Bed for Kids Minnesota, 9 volunteers, organized by Sue Notch

Build-a-Bed for Kids Eugene, OR, May and August 2023, organized by Jacki Smith

Sister-Corps attended national VOAD in St. Louis, MO, 2 board members attended

Sister-Corps leadership invited to Mountain States VOAD in Salt Lake City, UT, 2 attended

Vicco, KY – Return for home rebuilding, 2 weeks, 12 volunteers, led by Bren Williams

Fort Myers and Pine Island, FL – Hurricane Ian Recovery efforts, 8 houses or structures, 47 volunteers, April 2023, Project Director: Laura Bank

Rapid Response to First Responders and survivors of Amory, MS

Blood and blood products drive nationwide, February 2023

2022

5 Year Celebration – Port Aransas, TX, 73 women from 18 states serviced projects in Port Aransas

Serving Community National Food Drive Fall 2022 – in conjunction with Sisters on the Fly, led by Anna Tobias

Mueller State Park, CO – Fire Mitigation and trail cleanup, September 2022, 7 volunteers, led by Frances Kenyon

Sequoia National Park, CA – Big Tree Babes, September 2022, 13 volunteers, led by Monica Bourke

Whatcom County, WA – Flood Relief, September 2022, 7 volunteers, 8 properties, led by Leeann Moore and Shannan Sorensen (co-director)

Vicco, KY – Flood Relief, August 2022, 7 volunteers, led by Bren Williams and Kitsy Parrish

Sequoia National Park, CA – Stewards of the Big Trees, July 2022, 13 volunteers, led by Monica Bourke

Sequoia National Park, CA – Meadow Restoration project, June 2022, 14 volunteers, led by Monica Bourke

Beach Cleanup – Port Aransas, TX, May 2022, approximately 76 volunteers

Hidden Headstones: A Cemetery Cleanup Project, Spokane, WA, May 2022, led by Joi Libsack and Annie Croissant, approximately 18 volunteers

Western KY Tornado Relief Project, April 17-22, 2022, Dawson Springs, KY, around 50 Volunteers, Project Director: Kitsy Parish, $12500

SELA – Southeast Louisiana Relief Project, March 14-18, 2022, Houma Area- Morgan City, 50 participants, 14 homes, Project Director: Jen Ehrhardt, $15000

Nationwide Blood Donation Drive, February 2022, 35 donors from across the nation, led by Deb Brinegar (KS)

2021

Project Luggage of Love YEAR 3 – donations of basic necessities for women’s shelters, Nov-Dec 2021, est. 250 sisters involved, 29 organizers, co-chairs: Marylou Hostetter and Ashley Goforth

Fast Response for the Houma Nation, Houma, LA – Hurricane Ida, Amazon Wish list in conjunction with Lanore Curole (CEO HoumaNation)

Wadena County, MN – painting of a park shelter, Sept 2021, 5 participants, led by Sue Notch

Nationwide Blood Donation Drive, July-Aug 2021, 134 donors from est. 40 states and Canada, committee: Deb Brinegar (KS)

Beach Cleanup – Port Aransas, TX, May 2021, approximately 45 participants, led by Anna King and Sheri Johnson, 350 pounds of trash collected in 2.5 hours

Louisiana Hurricane Relief Project – Lake Charles and Iowa, LA, January 20-25, 2021, approximately 40 participants from est. 14 states, led by Lisa Ellick, donations of over $17500 from hundreds of women

2020

Louisiana Urgent Response, September 2020 – raised $7807 in immediate donations for the Leesville, LA area using Amazon Wish list of urgent supplies for First Responders, led by Lisa Moreland and Leeann Moore

Native American Project, Summer 2020 – raised donations for assistance during the COVID pandemic (the Native Americans were especially hard hit), led by Judy Minter and Sherry Gibbons, donations totaled $8548

Sister Corps joins with Habitat for Humanity – El Reno, OK, April 18, 2020, working on a home for victims of a tornado in 2019, organizers: Vicky Kirkland and Leeann Moore (largely canceled due to COVID, Kat Lowry went in May)

Sister Sweat Trailer Rebuild/Repair Clinic, March 2020 – two-part project: increase personal competencies in trailer repair and general construction skills, restoring a donated trailer for a Sister Corps Fundraiser, organizers: Leeann Moore, Sherry Gibbons, and entire Sister Corps Board of Directors and Lisa Ellick Technical Team (involvement 26 women, fundraiser netted $5700)

2019

Project Luggage of Love – donations of basic necessities for women’s shelters, Nov-Dec 2019 and February 2020, estimated at over 700 sisters involved, approximately 60 organizers

Project Hoard-a-cane clean up – acreage to ready for a nature conservancy program, Spokane, WA, October 2019, estimated involvement 20 women, organizers: Bonnie Sherar and Joi Libsack

Cards for Hospitalized Kids, Cards for First Responders in CA Wildfires, Recipe Collection for Wildfire Victims (ongoing), led by Lynda Fountain and Barbara Bond, CA SOTF, estimated involvement 300 women

Sister Corps Marianna, FL, January 2019, organizers: Dawn Bybee and Bernice Bernesch, estimated 70 women, and many others through donations totaling $16000

2018

Sister Corps – Home Restoration Project, Rochester, NY, May 2018, organizers: Gay Warshaw and Debi Clemens, estimated involvement 18 women, and many others through donations used directly onsite

Sister Corps River Clean-Up, Garner State Park Frio River, Texas, October 2018, organizers: Sherry Gibbons and April McDonald, involvement 50 women

Minnesota – house painting for a family in need, North Branch, Minnesota, June 2018, organizers: Sue Notch and Denise Lindberg, estimated involvement 15 women, and many donations used directly onsite

Sister Corps Clean-Up, Abilene State Park in Abilene, TX, April 2018, organizer: Esther Enos, involvement 12 women

Port Aransas II, January 2018, organizer: Kathy Carpenter, estimated involvement 25 women, and many donations totaling $5000

Bloomington Independent School District Christmas Project, December 2017 (following Hurricane Harvey) – Provided Christmas gifts for over 1000 students in Bloomington ISD, organizers: Diana Baker and Beth Light, estimated involvement 40 volunteers, many donations

2017

Project Bloomington ISD post-Hurricane Harvey, Fall/Winter 2017, organizer: Diana Baker Freeman and Rachel Beissner, estimated involvement 40 women, donations est. $40000

Assistance for several individual Sisters who were personally affected by Hurricane Harvey, Fall 2017, led by Sherry Gibbons, numerous contributions and onsite help

Port Aransas Project Hurricane Harvey, November 2017, organizers: Leeann Moore and Sherry Gibbons, 93 volunteers, donations totaling $12000

Phone Calling Team called all Sisters (128) in the affected counties on the Texas Coast following Hurricane Harvey, August 29-30, 2017, led by Leeann Moore and Tara Lowder

OUR HIGHLIGHTS:

1162
Involved in all projects except Luggage of Love and Blood Drive

$225,000
in direct aid

30,000
volunteer hours in direct assistance

1,000,000
Estimated miles traveled – average 866 miles per volunteer

1,000,000
Estimated travel hours to projects

170
Donated 170 units of blood, plasma, or platelets

1,200
totes or backpacks of basic necessities to women’s shelters and over 1,030 sisters involved