Friday 1/20/2006 University of Iowa Day of Action
On Friday, 1/20/2006, we had the pleasure of being invited to the University of Iowa Campus for their Day of Action event. Along with other charity groups from the community, we spent the day in the Iowa Memorial Union.
We arrived at 9:30am to set-up our area for the day. Preemie Project volunteers Jamie and Pat were graceous enough to help us with the set-up. We filled two tables with gorgeous items made and donated by Preemie Project volunteers. We received many wonderful comments about our example items throughout the day. Great job volunteers!!
Here's what our tables looked like. Click to enlarge photo. (Pictured below, our NICU table. Left: Preemie Project Volunteer Jamie of Iowa City, IA. Right: Preemie Project Founder Laura Aker)
We spent the morning and afternoon speaking with people in the community about the project. During the moments we weren't busy we spent doing what we do best, knitting and crocheting!! What else would we do?!
Our mission for this event was to inform the community about Preterm Birth and Neonatal Death, and gain support for The Preemie Project. We passed out informational materials for The Preemie Project and The March of Dimes. (Our local chapter of the March of Dimes sent us informational materials to use. Thank You!) We were also lucky enough to sign-up over a dozen new volunteers. We're looking forward to welcoming them to the group!
(Pictured below: Linda Aker speaks with community members about The Preemie Project.)
In hopes of drumming up support from University students, we offered quick knit and crochet lessons too. We weren't sure if anyone would ask for a lesson. We did teach 3 students to knit and inviting them to join our Tuesday Knit Night group in order to get additional help.
(Left to Right: Linda Aker, UI Student Nicole learning how to knit, Preemie Project Founder Laura Aker)
With the Day of Action event past us, we're now preparing for the UI Spring Volunteer Fair next Wednesday 1/25/2006. We'll be among 50 other organizations at the IMU hoping to sign-up students as new volunteers. Many students will be looking to sign-up through the 10,000 Hours Show. The 10,000 Hours show is an event on campus where students sign-up and complete 10 hours of community service in the community. Once their hours our completed they receive a free concert ticket for the end of the year. We're hoping to find all the knitters on campus to sign-up with us. Keep your fingers crossed!
Thank you to Jamie, Pat and Linda for their help with this event. I couldn't have done it without you. Also, thank you to the University of Iowa and the Civic Engagement Program for inviting us to attend this wonderful event. It was out pleasure and we appreciate all of you help. A special thank you to Mary Mathew Wilson. Mary has been a huge help to our organization lately. She even had a local newpaper interview us during the event. We really cannot thank her enough for her support. Thanks Mary!
Founder and Project Coordinator
The Preemie Project
"Booties, Bonnets and Blankets for Premature Babies"