The WIBL paint parties are here

The WIBL paint parties are here

wooden it be lovely

Want to have a meaningful experience, special time to spend with friends or family, and a convenient way to help out in the community?

Wooden It Be Lovely is excited to announce that we will be hosting private paint parties on Thursday evenings this fall. Our paint parties are held at Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church. The first 30 minutes consists of a presentation about the program, and one of our associates will tell their story. Following the presentation, the group will be lead upstairs to our paint studio, where there are projects already setup and ready to be started. This really helps our associates and volunteers by getting some work ready for the next week. We like to compare our parties to those where the guests paint a canvas and drink a glass of wine. We may not have wine, but the volunteers leave with the satisfaction of doing something good for others, while making a difference and bonding with close friends and family. Book your party today by calling 217.546.4631 and get excited, we can't wait to paint with your group! 

ATHENA Leadership Award recipient: Our director!

ATHENA Leadership Award recipient: Our director!

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We are so very excited and proud of our program director, Rev. Margaret Ann Jessup for her recognition this past week as the 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient by Illinois Women In Leadership. She was selected for the work that she has done to help single mothers in need, and her commitment to the neighbors and congregation of Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church. It was such an inspiring evening, and we enjoyed the opportunity to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of 10 incredible ladies.

Before dinner began, everyone had a chance to socialize and meet with the nominees. A delicious meal and presentation followed. The video that was shown featured an interview with each ATHENA candidate and the individual that nominated her. It gave us a peek into what the women have done to make a difference, and what they're passionate about. It was nice to be able to see the efforts and accomplishments they have made to positively impact in the lives of others. A HUGE congratulations goes out to each one of these awesome women.

Thank you to Illinois Women In Leadership, ATHENA International and all of the sponsors, family members and friends who supported and attended the event. We are honored to have been a part of this night. 

* Photos courtesy of Gemma and Chris Long of Gem PR & Media, the official media and photographer for the ATHENA Awards

Please Meet Our Volunteers: Mike & Paula

Mike and Paula are an amazing volunteer couple. One of Mike's hobbies is woodworking. Paula was an art teacher and loves all things artistic, especially painting. They came to Wooden It Be Lovely after reading about the ministry in the Springfield’s Own (SO) Magazine. Mike says that when he was reading the article, he immediately said to Paula, “they need us, I bet they are getting furniture that needs a bit of repair.  I can help them with my woodworking gifts and you can help them paint”. Mike and Paula have been volunteering once a week for several months and have added to the ministry in so many way. The Associates just love them and have learned so much from them. Paula says, “I have been blessed in my life and I believe giving back to the community is my way of glorifying God.”