August 21 is National Senior Citizen’s Day

President Ronald Regan Outside Oval Office in 1983In 1988, then President Ronald Reagan declared August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day… a day created to honor, support, and celebrate the wisdom and achievements of the seniors in our community.

We here at Power of Flowers believe that every day is Senior Citizens Day. A large majority of the recipients of our bouquets are senior citizens in nursing homes, retirement communities, health care communities, veterans homes, hospice centers, Meals on Wheels programs, senior centers… anywhere there are seniors in the Greater Merrimack Valley, most likely POF has made stops to deliver joy in the form of fresh flowers.
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AND the Winner Is….. (Drumroll)

On a glorious day in June, The Second Annual Power of Flowers Volunteer Appreciation Brunch was held at the beautiful Tewksbury Country Club. The happy sounds of happy volunteers and staff enjoying their meals and each others’ company resounded from the rough-hewn rafters of the room. Suddenly, a hush fell over the crowd. Joyce B. introduced Kali W… it was time to announce the Winner of the Coveted 3rd Pink Apron Award.

To a huge round of applause, Liz J. was announced as the winner. Liz is the Executive Assistant of the Power of Flowers Project and a part-time volunteer herself. The personalized pink apron is presented to the person who demonstrates outstanding dedication, generosity, and efforts in carrying out the mission of the POF project. Selected by volunteers via secret ballot, Liz emerged victorious in what was a tight race.

Some of the comments voters gave in support of Liz as their choice were:
• Her can-do attitude is contagious.
• Her energy levels are outstanding.
• She’s one of my favorite Energizer Bunnies!
• Always helpful and willing and patient and happy, despite crazy hectic days!!
• Hands down all around get done girl.
• She goes “above & beyond” being a great volunteer.

Liz, Congratulations on your well-deserved award! You are terrific! We all thank you for all you do… We’d be lost without you.

Read more about the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch in the Blog Post, “Our Volunteers… Have the Heart”

Our Volunteers… “Have the Heart”

Elizabeth Andrew, Team Leader for Habitat for Humanity, said “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

We totally agree. So on June 14, we celebrated the kind hearts of the Power of Flower Volunteers at our Second Annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch held at the Tewksbury Country Club.

Over 65 volunteers attended the festive event.

After a lovely meal, Joyce B. gave a short presentation of how far POF has come from its humble beginnings in her basement in Dunstable with just a handful of volunteers to its current location at the Tewksbury Hospital Campus with over 150 volunteers.

Joyce recognized several of the volunteers who logged more than 400 hours during the year:

    Barb B.
    Rita B.
    Maria F.
    Barbara M.
    Cindy V.

…and several volunteers who have logged more than 500 hours:

    Lois A.
    Joyce B.
    Linda C.
    Jane R.
    Kali W.

Liz J., this year’s recipient of the coveted Pink Apron Award was announced. Pink is one of the POF logo colors and the apron is awarded twice a year to someone who demonstrates outstanding dedication, generosity, and effort in carrying out the mission of the POF project. You can read more about Liz and The Pink Apron Award in the blog post “ And the Winner Is… (Drumroll).

Joyce introduced Leslie K. our new Executive Director. Although her official start date wasn’t until June 19, Leslie was on hand to meet the volunteers and join in the camaraderie and fun. Read more about Leslie in an upcoming blog post.

Before all attendees packed up their prizes and headed home, a collection of useful items was presented to a “safe house” shelter for battered women and their children. Many of the women arrive at the house with little but the clothes on their backs and are in need of essentials… soap, shampoo, toiletries, clothing, etc. When POF heard of the urgent need, they rallied and contributed many of the items requested. Representatives of the safe house were very grateful and overwhelmed at the outpouring of support POF had for their residents.

With sincere are heartfelt thanks to our Volunteers for all that you do and for having so much heart.

Nonprofit Organization Awareness

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network declared June 5 as Nonprofit Awareness Day. Although that date has passed, we wanted to share some information you may not know about the many ways the Power of Flowers Project impacts local communities.

You probably know that our organization, comprised almost entirely of volunteers, works to make a difference in the community one flower at a time. On the Home page of our website, you will see a Bouquet Counter that is updated daily with the number of bouquets we have delivered to those in need since we began in 2009. Currently that number stands at over 66,000 bouquets.

We have delivered over 66,000 bouquets to those in need.

To illustrate the magnitude of that number, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA holds 66,829 seats during football games. Picture each fan in a seat holding a Power of Flowers signature bouquet, and that’s how many smiles we’ve generated with our bouquets.

In addition to spreading the joy by delivering bouquets, we regularly hold Flower Therapy Workshops in a variety of locations. We bring all the necessary supplies and teach people how to create their own bouquet. For example, a few weeks ago, we held a Flower Therapy Workshop at The Oblate Residence in Tewksbury. Everyone had a great time… the gentlemen and the POF volunteers.

We’re not ones to rest on our laurel leaves either. We’re instituting a Kindness Connections program which will allow local businesses to join in on the fun helping the community. Similar to Flower Therapy Workshops, a Kindness Connection event is held at a local company and POF volunteers show company employees how to make bouquets, which are then distributed into the community. Stay tuned for more information on this worthwhile new offering.

Along with regularly scheduled deliveries and workshops, POF reaches out to the community when tragedies occur. Recently after a fire at Courville at Nashua, residents had to be relocated to Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation-Greenbrier also in Nashua. In an effort to lift sagging spirits, POF quickly sent over 160 bouquets to the permanent and the relocated residents and staff of the facility.

In May we sent a few Mother’s Day bouquets to a battered women’s “safe house.” We received a lovely note from a woman who provides support for this and other causes in the area. We were so very pleased to hear that this small gesture was so well received by the residents and summoned some much needed smiles.

In order to continue to do this work, the Power of Flowers Project relies on donations, grant money and proceeds from fundraisers, such as the recent Victorian Tea, the Annual Plant Sale held at the Tewksbury Senior Center, and the Annual Spread the Joy Luncheon coming on October 18, 2017.

AND from viewers like you. Please consider helping the Power of Flowers Project so that we can spread the joy even farther! There are several ways you can do this… Here’s How.

We’ve Got Mail!

At the request of one of our members, we delivered a few bouquets to the residents of a battered women’s “safe house” in the area on Mother’s Day. As Power of Flowers bouquet deliveries go, it was relatively small; but the effect of the gesture was great.

We received this lovely note from the woman who provides support for this and other causes in the area.

“Last month your amazing facility donated a bouquet of flowers to each mom at a safe house that I service. I cannot express their gratitude.

There are 5 women at the safe house today (number changes every day). These women know nothing but violence and pain. Our last mom came in with a 5 week old baby and 5 broken ribs. Each story is worse than the last.

Your donation of flowers made these women smile. That is such a rare thing. So many times we take these little things for granted. A smile. You changed their mood for the day. They felt loved and cared for and for this I can never thank you enough.

With my sincerest gratitude,
Paula “

It means to much to us at Power of Flowers to hear first-hand stories of the impact that such a small gesture can make.

We love getting mail!

Community Service with a Smile!

The Tewksbury Senior Center graciously let Power of Flowers hold our annual Plant Sale on the Center’s grounds in early May. Despite the rain, the plant sale was a success, but there were a few pots that didn’t get sold. What to do? What to do?

Last Friday to repay the kind folks at the Senior Center, 8 POF volunteers spent the day at the Center planting 40 or more of the remaining perennials for residents to enjoy… another example of Power of Flowers commitment to recycling and spreading joy.

With Phyllis D. as their group leader. the terrific, hard-working, get-the-job-done-and-have-fun POF volunteers, were:

  • Eileen B.
  • Rita B.
  • Linda C.
  • Sandy D.
  • Joan M.
  • Heidi W.
  • Kali W.

Tewksbury Garden Club also sent over some members to help with Carole B. as the group leader.

Ashley Springman, Director of the Council on Aging at the Tewksbury Senior Center, was greatly impressed with the results.

Thanks to all who participated… you did a great job. You Rock!!

School Gets An A+ in Generosity and Kindness

CHCH Flowers

CHCH Flowers Arriving at POF Workshop

Last week, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall, a private school in Waltham for grades 9 through post-grad, held its 189th commencement ceremony. After the festivities, CHCH generously donated 25 beautiful floral centerpieces and 3 stunning bouquets to The Power of Flowers project.

Back at our workshop, POF volunteers refreshed the flowers, which they then used to create smaller bouquets.

Twenty-four hours after the flowers were picked up from CHCH, 80 bouquets were delivered by our Joymobile to Brookdale Senior Living in Chelmsford where they brought much joy to residents.

We at Power of Flowers extend our best wishes to all the 2017 graduates of Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall and our sincere thanks for sharing your wonderful celebration with others.

Recycled CHCH Flowers Going to Brookdale

Recycled CHCH Flowers Going to Brookdale

A POF Volunteer rearranging CHCH Flowers in small bouquets

A POF Volunteer rearranging CHCH Flowers in small bouquets