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16th May

2016

Supporter Appreciation: Life Savers

If you’re reading this, you are a Coburn supporter. And whether you joined us in person or in spirit for our Annual Supporter Appreciation event on April 20, we were celebrating YOU! We were having so much fun playing the “Saran Wrap Ball” game that we forgot to take a group photo!  🙂

So, ICYMI, this one’s for you!

Many thanks to our sponsors for donating their goods to help you feel the love washing over you:

Suzy Stocky Award: WILL TURPIN20160420_183959

Suzy Stocky, a beloved Coburn Place employee and friend, was a whirlwind of positivity, kindness and determination to get things done. This award is presented to a volunteer who embodies Suzy Stocky’s buoyant spirit—a volunteer who possesses boundless optimism, who goes the extra mile to meet our residents’ (and staff’s!) needs.

Will is an honorary staff member, and has the Coburn Place pin to prove it. He gives tours, picks up donations, cuts hair (either at Coburn Place or at his salon), plans movie nights for our kiddos. He brings in donations and silent auction prizes, he sits on committees and plans events. He builds relationships in the community with the mindfulness always on bringing in more support for Coburn Place. He thinks outside the box, anticipates the needs of others, and does all this with a truly contagious joy, a wicked sense of humor, a true zeal for the cause.

Life Saver Award: ERICA GAUSE

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This award is presented to a volunteer who went above & beyond to create new opportunities for providing resources to residents. This volunteer saw a need for a donation pickup service, and created one. She rents a UHaul monthly and coordinates furniture pickup all throughout the community so that our apartments can be fully furnished and fully home. Plus, she volunteers with her company. Plus, she’s an advocate, supporter, and longtime friend of our cause. What else can we say? Erica Gause, you’re a life saver, and today we present this aptly named award to you.

MVP Award: KELLY BROWN

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This award is presented to a volunteer known for consistency, dedication, and providing support to residents in areas they need it the most. This volunteers come bi-weekly to provide residents food and doesn’t stop there…she builds relationships with all of our residents—knowing their names, their children’s names. Knowing what food they like and don’t like. She sets aside food for residents who work third shift, or who just can’t make it.

She doesn’t stop with this particular service. She is always generating new ideas for services to Coburn Place. She donates of her time, resources, and ability. She sits on committees, brings in new relationships, even spray paints the occasional charger. Kelly Brown, we are so grateful for all your hard work this year. Thanks for being a Coburn Place MVP!

Special Services (Thanks for going overboard for us!): BECKY HAGARTY, NORTH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH & TERESA UNSELD, SCHOOL ON WHEELS

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This award honors two partner programs who work hard to connect our adults and kids with much need sevices. We appreciate their consistency, their joy, their willingness to give of their time and energy to give access Coburn Place residents access to education in some cases and in others fresh, perishable food. We appreciate their special services for Coburn Place! We couldn’t do it without you!

Kids’ Choice: JENNIFER & MARISSA VUKAS

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Staff Pick: LARRY BRUNSON

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This volunteer received several nominations from different staff members. He is dedicated, steady…as Ms. Shawnta said…“Anytime we call him, for whatever reason, he’s there.” This volunteer works all over the building—equipping the Children’s program, doing facility maintenance. Oftentimes, he will bring supplies or candy to help prep for parties. What’s more, he does this unasked. He is always thinking of Coburn Place, anticipating needs of staff and residents.

More than this perhaps, we want to honor work mentoring youth in the community. We feel privileged to be a tool this volunteer uses to mentor youth and teach them life skills. What an encouragement it is to see this volunteer encouraging his mentees to serve and give back.

Volunteer GroupS of the Year Award: ELANCO, KAPPAS, IU SCHOOL OF LAW WOMEN’S CAUCUS

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Thanks to Elanco and their generosity, plus a commitment to good old fashioned elbow grease, our old Children’s Service Area was “flipped” in almost just a day. These volunteers ripped out old cabinets, cubbies, sinks and toilets, and then painted the whole place. All with donated items. After that (because they still had time and energy!!) they constructed storage closets upstairs and sorted through donations. We are grateful for their service and the huge impact they made for us (and continue to make!)!

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Oh how we love the Kappas, let us count the ways: we love how they do trick-or-treating with our kiddos, how they volunteer to work our yearly Hopeline Drive at Lucas Oil Estate. We love how they raise awareness and support for us year round, and how this spring, they’ve sent team after team of volunteers biweekly to help out in the facility.

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It started with a tour, and ended with the Women’s Caucus donating 20,000 dollars to Coburn Place. In between, was hours and hours of hard work. Organizing a silent auction, a dine & donate night, a raffle, and other donations within the Law School. These women caught the vision for providing safe homes to their neighbors in need and they did what lawyers do: they advocated. Thanks to these fierce women, we are so grateful to you!

Top Hours: CINDY WADLETON (167.73), LYNN DAVIS (200.8), CHYNA PINNER (147.98)
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Without your support, there would have been nothing to celebrate. Thank you for sharing your time, talent and treasure to help our families succeed! Read more about the impact you’re making in your 2015 Impact Report.

So, what’s your story? We’d love to know why you support Coburn Place.

 

 

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