Episcopalians Caring for the Community
It's almost time to TAP! 
TAP 2017 will take place on June 26-30 from 8:45 to Noon at the Rankin Arts Center Uptown. 
TAP is a week-long art program for children ages 6-11. Through music, drama, dance, art and stories, TAP paves a way for a lifelong journey of peace. Children are recruited from diverse cultures and faiths and provided the opportunity to unify through art.
About this year's theme: A butterfly begins its life in one form, and ends it in another: Transformation! Through the performing arts, TAP transforms hate to love, anger to peace, confusion to clarity, judgement to acceptance, competition to community. Come be a part of TAP 2017: “Transforming Me to We”
There is an application process for TAP. You can apply online HERE or print off a brochure and mail it in HERE

Other ways to participate in TAP:

Teen Intern/Mentor Program: We are also seeking teens to serve as Interns (rising 7th & 8th graders) and Mentors (9th-12th graders). Teen training takes place the week before TAP, June 19-23. You do not have to have participated in TAP before to apply! If you're interested, contact us by replying to this e-mail. 
TAP Co-Planner: TAP Co-Planners will continue to develop this year's curriculum  for TAP at 4:30 p.m. on April 3 at CVEM. If you'd like to take part in planning this amazing week, e-mail us HERE or just show up April 3!

Last month we mentioned to you that we were beginning the process of planning for our future and would be seeking your input. 
Truly, any strategic planning efforts would be useless without the voices of YOU--our stakeholders.
So we are hoping (if you haven't already) that you will take a few minutes to complete a survey for us. You can be entered to receive a $25 gift card, as well!

If you ARE a member of an Episcopal Parish in the Chattahoochee Valley, please take this survey HERE.

If you are NOT a member of an Episcopal Parish in the Chattahoochee Valley, please take this survey HERE.

Just to keep you updated, here's what else is happening with our Strategic Planning:
  • Surveying Direct Service Clients for their input
  • Board and Executive Director are meeting with as many social service agencies in community as possible
  • Planning neighborhood meetings

 The purpose of all this is to hear from all stakeholders to learn what outreach and social justice work is being done in our communities, to hear what folks think our greatest issues are in communities and how others think CVEM could partner and be effective in making a difference. We will report back to parishes in early May and develop our three-year strategic plan in mid-June.

Ms. G's story is that of determination. When she first came to us in 2016, she had been homeless but had recently found a job and an apartment.
She was referred by one of our amazing partners, St. Anne's, and we were able to help pay a portion of what she needed to get into her new home.
This month, 50-year-old Ms. G came to us again. She had recently been given an eviction notice after she had gotten behind on some bills during job transitions. She had just been hired at a local university to lead their CDL training program but needed a substantial amount to keep her home. 
She is persistent, if nothing else! 
By seeking the help of other agencies and churches, she was able to come up with all but $100, which CVEM provided.
"This just goes to show how one agency can't really help solve all these problems, but working together we can make a dent," said Norma Wolff, Direct Service volunteer. "She is a very strong, never give up woman and now she has another chance to succeed."
Infusion Bed Race
Infusion participated (pictured above) in the Valley Interfaith Promise (V.I.P.) Bed Race this year. VIP is an agency that partners with local churches to help homeless families get back on their feet. Again this year, Infusion partnered with St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, who provided all the materials for Infusion teens to decorate and race their bed. 

We have several chairs (pictured below) that folks have donated to CHAIRity for CVEM. They are in need of a creative touch for the event May 21 from Noon to 6 p.m. at Arts in the Park in Lakebottom Park. They can be painted, stained, redecorated, upholstered, repurposed...the sky's the limit! If you'd be interested in taking a chair (or several) to decorate to be sold in our CHAIRity fundraiser, please give us a call at 706.327.0400 or e-mail us back here. You can do one on your own, with a friend or a group or even find friends who may help us out!
Note: Chairs don't have to be back until the week of May 15-19 so there's plenty of time!

SAVE THE DATE: Interested in making a chair or not, we hope you'll plan to attend the CHAIRity for CVEM at Arts in the Park. Sunday, May 21 from Noon to 6 p.m. in Lakebottom Park! Come & Shop for one-of-a-kind chairs!

CHECK OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING in the parishes & communities Around the Chattahoochee Valley!

These are just a few of the events, but see our Community Calendar HERE for updates throughout the month. Have something that needs to be on there? Email us HERE.

Have you had a chance to attend one of the wonderful Lenten lunches at Trinity this season? The final one is Monday, April 3 at noon. Find out more HERE.

St. Thomas will hold a Safeguarding God's Children training from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This training is required by the Diocese for anyone working with minors. More details HERE.

(Photo By Bill Monk)

Attend a worship service at Historic Zion in Talbotton, Georgia at 4 p.m. More details HERE.
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