Walk With Sally News – April 2018



April 2018 Newsletter

Over the last few weeks Walk With Sally has been up to a lot, here’s a rundown of the latest activities and events.

Volunteer Hours infographic, 2912 Mentor hours + 502 support hours = 3414 total volunteer hours so far this year

If you’re interested in joining our tribe of volunteers – click here!

Volunteering 101

“The essence of life is to serve others and do good.” – Aristotle

Walk With Sally volunteers at an event

April is National Volunteer Month and here at Walk With Sally we would not be able to accomplish nearly as much as we do each month, without our incredible volunteers.  From our dedicated mentors, to our special event committees and office volunteers, there’s a space for anyone who wants to give back. If you’ve considered volunteering, take a peek at our recent blog post detailing all the ways you can get started with us.  We want you to be a part of our tribe!

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Bonus Activities – Another Community Event for the Friendships

California Pizza Kitchen boxes painted by the Walk With Sally mentor program at a recent bonus activity

While you may have heard about our quarterly Walk With Sally produced Friendship Activities, we offer another mini-program of “Bonus Activities” for our friendships to participate in as well.  Bonus Activities open up even more opportunities and access for the kids in our program to experience new things. These can include anything from tickets to a Lakers game to a musical performance like Seussical.  Typically these events are not produced by Walk With Sally, however in our recent partnership with California Pizza Kitchen, they have helped elevate even our Bonus Activities.  Our most recent collaboration was Pizza & Paint this past weekend, where everyone got together to celebrate Earth Day by recycling things they found around the house and painting on pizza boxes.

Walk With Sally kids dressed up at California Pizza Kitchen bonus activity

The Results Are In!

Friendship Bowl high fundraiser Sharon Strauss with our hosts, Sparky from the L.A. Sparks, Brad Sperber of Manhattan Beach Toyota and Walk With Sally Founder Nick Arquette

Walk With Sally’s 11th Annual Friendship Bowl brought together all kinds of fundraisers to support the kids! This year’s event featured more than 30 teams, 100+ fundraisiers ranging from mentors to brand new friends, and even Sparky the L.A. Sparks mascot showed up to cheer everyone on! Together the teams of fundraisers were able to raise over $120,000 which will help support 24 new friendships throughout their first year.

Some incredible achievers include Team Bender Squad who raised over $22,000 and teams Gutter Ballers, Depeche Bowl, Spare Necessities and Rappers Delight who all raised over $5,000 as well!  Our outstanding individuals include Suzanne Sharer, Sharon Strauss (pictured above with Sparky!), Tina Patel and Michael Harrington who were all able to individually raise over $5,000 to support a friendship through its first year!

Thank you to everyone who participated, collectively you made a HUGE impact!!

Friendship Bowl team dressed up for Bowl in One: Team Gene at Walk With Sally's annual peer-to-peer fundraiser

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Heart to Home

vision board at Heart to Home art healing program session

Walk With Sally’s first Heart to Home gathering of the year brought together 14 participants for a day of vision board creation. The purpose of our Heart to Home program is to give our mentors and mentees a creative opportunity to connect  and heal through art. Led by artist Drica Lobo, each session features a new project and chance for our friendships to deepen their relationship. Drica had this to say about why she is so dedicated to the success of this program:

“It has been an incredible life experience being able to use art as a healing method. Giving hope to these kids and helping them understand that creation is a reflection on experiences and a transformation of thoughts and feelings into beautiful things.”

For more on how our Heart to Home program helps participants heal through art, check out this recent blog post.

Mentor and mentee together at the Heart to Home art healing session creating vision boards

 FTK: For The Kids Social Club

The Stats
Volunteer Hours: 155 so far this year!

FTK social Club volunteers at the Friendship Bowl

The FTK Social Club aims to inspire and connect young professionals and philanthropists throughout Los Angeles to help support the mission of Walk With Sally. FTK has volunteered at a variety of outreach events, special events and mentor program activities this year, leaving a big impact wherever they go. On top of all this, FTK hosts social networking events every other month to bring together like-minded awesome humans like you! Join in on the fun at the next event on April 26th!

FTK Mixer save the date at Schold Brewery

Junior Mentors – Leaving Their Mark

The Stats
Current Active Junior Mentors: 13
Volunteer Hours: 87.5 so far this year!
Our Junior Mentors (mentees ages 14-17) have been flourishing and making breakthroughs this year! These older mentees have been engaging on a deeper level while taking on leadership roles within the Mentoring Program. They can be found giving advice during mentor trainings, volunteering during Friendship Activities, special events and more. These experiences are instilling a sense of leadership, responsibility and providing them with important interpersonal skills as they become young adults. Keep up the great work guys!
Junior Mentors in action volunteering at the Walk With Sally friendship activity

Upcoming Events

Time to get out of the house!  We’ve partnered with some awesome events that will be benefitting Walk With Sally.  If you live in the L.A. area we hope to see you there!

Hammitt’s 10th Birthday Beach Bash
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4th Annual Kentucky Derby Party
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