Written by Taylor Stokes, Volunteer Coordinator
The most inspiring thing we’ve seen throughout this crisis has to be the continued love and support for Maggie’s, from the community. Our volunteers and community members have been so adaptable and so helpful, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Amazingly we’ve seen an estimated 700+ attendees at our daily meetings over the last few weeks since all of this began, but we know that recovery is about so much more than attending meetings.
During these unusual times, I know we are all looking for ways to contribute and give back in any way we can. Whether you’ve been volunteering at The Magdalen House or you’re looking to get involved for the first time, we still have several ways to stay involved and give back while also practicing safe social distancing.
Ways to Stay Involved From Your Couch
1. Write some letters of encouragement to women at Maggie’s.
One thing we all miss about being at the house, is getting to share our experience, strength, and hope with newly sober women, including the women currently at Maggie’s. If you are looking for a way to get out of your head and share some words of encouragement, please send letters to our clients at 1302 Redwood Cir. Dallas, TX, 75218.
2. Send House Needs via AmazonSmile or other delivery method.
All of our House Needs can be found on our AmazonSmile list, giving you the option to ship items we need directly to the house. While everything may not be in stock, any little bit, from any place that ships, is very helpful!
3. Start a Facebook Fundraiser to show your support!
You can do this by selecting the “support nonprofit” link on your status update and selecting The Magdalen House as your charity, or simply click here. Not only do we receive every penny donated through Facebook, but it’s also a great way to advocate for Maggie’s on social media!
4. Donate a meal using delivery services.
Donating meals using delivery services like GrubHub, UberEats, and others are a great way to not only support Maggie’s, but also the local community. Simply reach out to Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a date and time and order enough to feed 10-15 women. P.S. You are more than welcome to drop-off a meal yourself!
5. Share a quote with us!
Want to share with us the little things you love about Maggie’s? Maybe a little story about something you learned, or a good experience you’ve had volunteering? Send a quote – short or long – to email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you and share what you have to say, if you’ll allow us to.
6. Write a review about your experience.
Your review is sure to give hope to alcoholic women needing help and looking for resources. Sharing your personal experience about being part of Maggie’s community – whether or not you went through the Social Detox Program – can make a woman feel welcome before she even steps foot in our door. Write a Google review.
7. Welcome participants to our virtual recovery meetings.
Zoom meetings can feel a bit awkward when first joining in, especially if you’re new to Maggie’s. We could always use a few volunteers who wouldn’t mind tuning in a little early to help greet people before the meeting starts! You can join any of our daytime meetings up to 5 minutes early to greet. More information about meetings can be found on our Meeting Schedule page.
And if that wasn’t enough, you can check out this list of other North Texas organizations needing help from The Dallas Morning News.
Thank You For Your Love and Support
Once again, we can’t thank you all enough for all the support and love we have received from you during all of this. Each of you volunteers are what makes Maggie’s so special! Let’s do our part from home and stay engaged. We are looking forward to seeing you all when this is over! We love you!
MAGGIE’S DURING COVID-19
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