Community Service

Difference Makers, “Having Fun Doing Good in One Day”*

Co-Leaders – Connie Berding, 513-675-4565 or, and Barb Magee, 814-504-3703 or

Come Join the FUN FROM GIVING! The group organizes volunteer activities that “make a difference in a day”.  Activities range from helping at the Children’s Center, preparing welcome home bags for servicemen returning to the US, beach clean-up walks, to valentines for the elderly.  Each year the group chooses what activities they wish to do to help the community. Highlights from 2018 – 2019 were: Collected/bagged toys donated for Children’s Center/Bluffton Self Help; Collected items/packed baskets for returning military with “Operation Morale Support”; Created favors/cards for Meals on Wheels clients/ Volunteered at History Day (Heritage Library event); Collected/delivered food items for Sandalwood Food Pantry; Created/stocked roadside Little Library boxes for Boys’ and Girls’ Club and St. Luke’s Church (NOC program site); and Helped with SOAR interaction parties for adults with special needs. A kick-off session is scheduled in October for an organization meeting; and then a planning meeting is conducted later in the month.

  • Location: Various depending on activity
  • Day: Various depending on activity
  • Fee: $5 sign-up fee for interest group sign up at September luncheon – all participants must re-sign for the year and pay the fee.

Knitters and Crocheters Interest Group~

Leader – Marge Igyanto 404-314-0868,

Calling all knitters and crocheters! This new interest group will meet once a month for social time and to create items for local hospitals or chemo centers. Things that may be made by the group are: baby blankets, permie hats, chemo hats (child and adult), and shawls, lap robes, etc. A kick-off meeting will be held by those interested in participating where the day, meeting location and patterns may be shared. Come join us to make something good and do well too!

  • Location: Palmetto Electric Community Room, 111 Mathews Drive, HHI
  • Day: Varies, 10am to noon
  • Fee: None

No Sew Blankets for Family Promise*

Leader – Mary Ruberti,  843-802-4319 or

Family Promise is an organization that helps the Homeless. They work with 7 different organizations, around HHI, who feed and house the homeless but this is only for a week at a time. The truth is that one week burns out their volunteers, and Family Promise wants to encourage the parents to work hard to get jobs (they don’t want them to get too cozy). BUT WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS. There is no stability in these kid’s lives. No wall to even pin-up a poster! Thus the blankets. These blankets are theirs forever! Plus, warmth and something to snuggle in ( like Linus).

HOW: You will need two pieces of fleece the same size. Their length should be either: 1 1/4 yards, 11/3 yards, 1 1/2 yard or for a teenager or Adult 2 yards. I suggest the top be a print or plaid (age appropriate) and the bottom a solid color. Solid colors are less expensive. Also, you will need a pair of scissors and a ruler to measure the strips and keep your lines even. At my last class, one person made the whole blanket (for an Adult) in 1 12 hours.


Leader: Tamra Avrit, 517-344-1624 or

Come join this interest group which is focusing on the sources and methods WAHHI uses to raise funds to support the Youth Community Service Awards and our WAHHI Charitable Fund grants. Currently, there are more needs identified in the community than WAHHI has as fund capacity. We seek any woman interested in and experienced with fund development; and anyone who has an interest and passion in helping serve as outreach coordinators for various fundraising events throughout the year. Come join us!

  • Location: Palmetto Electric Community Room, 111 Mathews Drive, HHI
  • Day: Varies, 10am to noon

* These groups require a fee & may have additional fees for supplies, extra field trips, meals, etc.

~ New this Year