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AMIGAS PUNTO COM
April 26, 2011

I began volunteering more than 4 years ago. I liked everything I was told about what Amigas' purpose and plan was but I really became a "believer" when I began to see lives of families positively impacted by information the wives and mother's learned through the many workshops and chats that they had with each other and the Amigas team. The relationships with my daughter and my husband really improved when I began putting into practice what I learned in the series of talks about Love Languages. I didn't know that I wasn't speaking their languages. I only spoke mine. So, there wasn't much communication going on. We all took a little test that told us what our Love Language is. Then I began learning to speak theirs. At Amigas, we shared stories of setbacks and victories. I got lots of good advice and shared stategies that worked for me. That is just one example of the good things that Amigas has done for me. My present focus is what I'm going to do and how I'm going to live after retirement. It's coming too soon for me and the economy is not in my favor. I'm talking with my Amigas. Recently we had an employment program specialist from the Employment Development Department of the State of California give us a talk. She shared information that led to two jobs among the ladies that attend our workshops. WOW! Two lives got back on track to taking care of themselves and putting food on the table plus, their self-esteem is back. This month Amigas is collecting boxes of cereal and diapers to give to Emanual Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps needy families. It had a long list of needs. Amigas chose to donate cereal and diapers. I'm looking for the best deals in supermarkets and then I'll buy.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my relationships with family members; learning about drugs, the law when it comes to common problems with teens, self breast exams and mammograms, STDs, the local food bank (my daughter volunteers) and much more.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Offer child care during the meetings.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I volunteered two Saturdays ago to man the Amigas Punto Com table at the YMCA Healthy Kids event in Chula Vista. We gave out information, etc. I pick up and deliver bagels which are donated by a local bagel shop. .