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Dream Makers again participate in 2013 NAMIWalks
NAMIteam-webApproximately two dozen Monarch participants laced up their sneakers to walk 2.4 miles for a great cause. Monarch’s Dream Makers were among approximately 1,200 people who participated in the 2013 NAMIWalk sponsored by NAMI North Carolina, held in Raleigh on May 4.


Each year, NAMI North Carolina and their 36 local affiliates provide hope and help to individuals living with mental illness and their families. The day was an opportunity to demonstrate support for those living with mental illness, education awareness and advocacy. The event turned into a celebration for the more than $113,000 NAMI NC raised. All of the funds raised will be used to support NAMI's programs across North Carolina. These programs include education, support and advocacy involving depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Monarch’s Dream Makers, led by Angela Furr, Region 3 administrative assistant, collected $1,575 and exceeded the team’s set goal by $575 and donations continue to trickle in. The three top Monarch fundraisers this year were: Lindsey Colavito, person supported; Beth Townsend, person supported and Jermaine Hill, operations manager. Kara Froberg, clinical operations director, managed a Monarch booth during the event.

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Stanly Academy students, SIS form partnership
Stanly Academy SISStanly Academy Learning Center and Stanly Industrial Services (SIS) in Stanly County have created a mutually advantageous partnership. Some seniors from Stanly Academy who have maintained good grades and conduct have been selected to volunteer on Fridays at SIS. The students will assist with Bingo games, the community garden, or to simply spent some time with the people supported.

"This is an excellent learning opportunity for our students to give back to the community," said Mike Campbell, principal at Stanly Academy.

The people supported at SIS are sharing information about themselves and their artistic talents with the student volunteers in an effort to meet more people within their own community and foster positive relationships.

"This is a great way to bridge the gap between SIS and our community with lasting benefits," explained Megan Todd, program manager at SIS.

Pictured (L-R): Stanly Academy student Dylan Lowery, Megan Todd, SIS program manager, Mike Campbell, Stanly Academy principal, Brett Rupp, Tyler Broome and Quenton McLendon (in front).

Artists’ work featured in art walk, displayed in downtown Monroe
Billys artworkBilly Williams and Jimmy Wiesendanger, residents of the Lake Monroe home in Union County, love to paint. Both have had their artwork on display at Union Diversified Industries (UDI), a day program and workshop they attend in Monroe. Williams has even sold a few pieces of his artwork. Most recently, both men received acclaim during the Monroe Art Walk, a bi-annual event started in 2007 to highlight the area’s Downtown Business District and to draw attention to Monroe’s incredible local artists.

Jimmys artworkWilliams’ and Wiesendanger’s work was seen by hundreds of people who attended the art walk last month. Their paintings continue to be displayed in Bibi, a popular downtown restaurant in Monroe, where it is available to be purchased. Proceeds from the sale of the featured artwork will benefit UDI.

Volunteers honored
Last month, Stanly Industrial Services (SIS) in Albemarle held a Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony.  Dozens of people supported, partner agencies and SIS volunteers were honored SIS volunteer recognitionand the Bells of Joy, a choir comprising of people we support led by Courtney Ledbetter, developmental specialist, performed during the event. Approximately 30 people supported received volunteer certificates issued from Governor Pat McCrory’s office, according to Kerry Martin, SIS site manager. Three volunteers and one intern from Stanly Community College (SCC) were recognized for their time and dedication to the people we support at SIS. SCC holds a certificate program at SIS, Martin said. They were all recognized for all of the hard work around the building and in the garden.

SIS’s volunteer recognition event was hosted during National Volunteer Week, held April 21-27, which is a time to celebrate people who are doing extraordinary things through service. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the president and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country. 

Pictured above (L-R): Effie Eakins and Linda Conner from Stanly Regional Hospital, Donna Harwood with O.A.S.I.S Elliot Scheml and Billy McRae and Eddie Baldwin from E.E. Waddell Center,  Brian Shaff and David Tucker from Albemarle High School, knelling Jamie Huston.

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