What’s Next

As we say good bye to the month of April I ask those of you who would like to be on my volunteer list for things to help me with throughout the year to send me your email and a little note of who you are and what you are able to do. I am in the planning stages for …

To Our Hospital Volunteers

I have spent a lot of time in the hospital in my life and I have been very lucky with doctors and nurses and the care I have received. I have also been in many different hospitals and have had many different experiences. We need every one of those employees to make the well oiled machine – the hospital itself …

A Sincere Thanks

I would like to personally thank all of those volunteers who help the Alesia Shute Foundation come to life. I try to make whatever we do fun for everyone, although it is work. I always remember that each and every one of you are helping out of the kindness of your hearts and taking time out of your very busy …

How You can make a difference

When we gift out books to families or when we visit places and chat with people who are going through terrible times, I know when we leave or when they contact me after they read my story that all the work we do with my foundation does “make a difference.” When I begin to work on and complete my Evening of …

Boston

What can I say or do to help us all understand this senseless crime. I cannot express my emotions over watching the news and seeing this bombing unfold before our eyes. It sickens me to think or say that we are not all kind, helpful and understanding, but I can say honestly that we outweigh those who feel compelled to …

Making a Difference

How do I plan on making a difference? I always know that I will make a difference each and every year. Sometimes I do the same things; other times I add something or hear about something worthy of involving myself in and I do it or a group of us do it. One of the things we love doing at least …

Statistics of Volunteers

Funny that there even would be studies on volunteering as far as I am concerned but there is and it does vary from state to state. Not sure why it would be so varied but I guess population, metropolitan areas, need, and things like this play a roll in it. I think how someone is raised is going to be part of …

It’s Not What You Do – It’s Why You Do It

Visting the Ronald McDonald Houses, going to Gildas Club to deliver books, meeting families – why do I do it? It is not just about raising money for charity. Although when I send my checks to CHOP to help make hospital stays more comfortable for the familes, it does give me great pride and pleasure to do so. The other side …

Importance of Volunteering

Sometimes people ask me why I do so much to give back. I have repeatedly heard, “haven’t you been through enough in your life to make up for all that extra giving”. Although at times I am taken aback by some of those comments, I do not get upset or angry but I do share with them my personal feelings. …

Moving Home

When they say there is no place like home, they mean it! Four months in a rental home just was not my real home. Don’t get me wrong, the home we rented was really nice – it was comfortable and everything one would need for healing after going through what we have been through this past winter – but it …