The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network declared June 5 as Nonprofit Awareness Day. Although that date has passed, we wanted to share some information you may not know about the many ways the Power of Flowers Project impacts local communities.
You probably know that our organization, comprised almost entirely of volunteers, works to make a difference in the community one flower at a time. On the Home page of our website, you will see a Bouquet Counter that is updated daily with the number of bouquets we have delivered to those in need since we began in 2009. Currently that number stands at over 66,000 bouquets. [pullquote]We have delivered over 66,000 bouquets to those in need. [/pullquote] To illustrate the magnitude of that number, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA holds 66,829 seats during football games. Picture each fan in a seat holding a Power of Flowers signature bouquet, and that’s how many smiles we’ve generated with our bouquets.
In addition to spreading the joy by delivering bouquets, we regularly hold Flower Therapy Workshops in a variety of locations. We bring all the necessary supplies and teach people how to create their own bouquet. For example, a few weeks ago, we held a Flower Therapy Workshop at The Oblate Residence in Tewksbury. Everyone had a great time… the gentlemen and the POF volunteers.
We’re not ones to rest on our laurel leaves either. We’re instituting a Kindness Connections program which will allow local businesses to join in on the fun helping the community. Similar to Flower Therapy Workshops, a Kindness Connection event is held at a local company and POF volunteers show company employees how to make bouquets, which are then distributed into the community. Stay tuned for more information on this worthwhile new offering.
Along with regularly scheduled deliveries and workshops, POF reaches out to the community when tragedies occur. Recently after a fire at Courville at Nashua, residents had to be relocated to Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation-Greenbrier also in Nashua. In an effort to lift sagging spirits, POF quickly sent over 160 bouquets to the permanent and the relocated residents and staff of the facility.
In May we sent a few Mother’s Day bouquets to a battered women’s “safe house.” We received a lovely note from a woman who provides support for this and other causes in the area. We were so very pleased to hear that this small gesture was so well received by the residents and summoned some much needed smiles.
In order to continue to do this work, the Power of Flowers Project relies on donations, grant money and proceeds from fundraisers, such as the recent Victorian Tea, the Annual Plant Sale held at the Tewksbury Senior Center, and the Annual Spread the Joy Luncheon coming on October 18, 2017.
AND from viewers like you. Please consider helping the Power of Flowers Project so that we can spread the joy even farther! There are several ways you can do this… Here’s How.