January is an unpredictable month. I never know how many projects will come my way and weather can be an issue for deliveries... and if I don't receive materials, I can't finish projects. No matter what, I stay busy, and this is the month I work on donations for local nonprofit organizations.
I managed to help the Iowa Veterans Home with a batch of historical documents at the end of December. I was happy to squeeze the work into my Christmas schedule. While the work was done in December, I'm counting it as my 2017 donation. Smaller projects have come up as well. I have already helped or donated to: The Orpheum Center, St Mary's Church, Meskwaki Settlement High School Art Department and ISU Extension's 4-H 5K Run/Walk.
As for larger community events, there are a few I keep in my donation schedule. One of which I completed this week.
Night of Stars will be held April 8th this year. It was started 25 years ago by a friend of mine who survived skin cancer and wanted to give back to the American Cancer Society. Now the event proceeds are shared between the American Cancer Society and Iowa River Hospice. Both organizations are special to me. My mom battled cancer and at the end of her life we contacted hospice for care. This year, we are donating a framed Terry Redlin print "O Beautiful For Spacious Skies".
I don't have a lot of extra time and I don't have a lot of extra cash, but if I can help the community a bit with a few donations, then I hope to make a difference.