Thank You, Association Volunteers!

April 20th, 2012

As a part of National Volunteer Recognition Week, we are highlighting volunteers who serve in many different capacities to benefit the patients and families at Children’s Hospital. The Children’s Association in Minneapolis, and the Children’s Hospital Association in St. Paul volunteer to provide fundraising support to the mission of Children’s Hospital.

The Children’s Association – Minneapolis was founded in 1958 with the mission of providing fundraising and service support for  Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.  Through the dedicated efforts of its volunteer membership, the Association has raised over $10,000,000 to benefit a variety of programs and projects at Children’s.

Children's Association volunteers assist in the Gift Shop

“I  joined the Children’s Association – Minneapolis 24 years ago in a desperate attempt to meet people after my move to Minnesota!  It didn’t take me long to realize that this was an organization of sincere, dedicated,  determined and friendly women who have one goal in mind: to work hard “For the Love of Children.”   That enthusiasm was contagious, and I instantly became “hooked” on the spirit and goals of the Association.  Over the years, I have been involved in many diverse opportunities to serve Children’s, such as creating items for the annual Craft Bazaar, working at the PGA concessions, helping at home tours,  golf tournaments, luncheons, and rummage sales,  volunteering in the Storybook Gift Shop, and now fulfilling my current role as Association President.  It is such a gratifying and proud feeling to walk through the halls at Children’s and see the many places, programs, and people that have benefitted from the hard work by my friends in the Association.”

-Carol Evans, 2012 President

Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) is composed of deeply committed individuals who volunteer their time and talent on behalf of children and families who, at the time of their visit, may be facing a need unlike any they have ever faced. CHA is a strong volunteer organization that uses a variety of fundraising ideas to achieve success such as Table Talk, a unique gathering of dynamic and diverse women in a format that encourages conversation and new connections, held August 1st at the Town and Country Club, and our 63rd Annual Benefit, the Storyland Ball, held October 27th at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

CHA members at a garden tea party fundraiser

CHA has 16 guilds located throughout the metro area that fundraise through Holiday Home Tours, rummage sales, fashion shows, garden teas and tours, plant sales, Lobster Fests and so much more!  Through CHA’s volunteer efforts, $658,500,000 has been pledged to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota for 2012.

CHA's Annual Rummage Sale Fundraiser

Thank you to the many volunteers who make both of these organizations so successful. The work that you do to raise funds and spread awareness for Children’s is incredible!

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