Some nine years ago, in the back of a coffee shop in Weiser, a cancer survivor hoped to make the cancer journey somewhat easier for those in our rural communities. With the help of God, good doctors, family, and friends she had traversed the journey and won. During that journey, she met many who did not have the support system she was blessed with. She felt a calling to do something and did.
During the past nine years, Angel Wings Network, Inc. has grown from the back of the coffee shop to a stand-alone office, a committed board of directors, a core group of committed volunteers, and one part-time staff person. This small, non-profit organization has served not only the cancer patient, but has been a support system for their family and caregivers. The lives touched are many.
Like so many small non-profits doing good work in their communities, Angel Wings has faced many challenges, not the least of which is funding the various services provided. Finding sustainable sources of income is a huge challenge and full-time task. In addition, volunteer staffing is tough to maintain and grow. Staffing an office, sitting side by side with patients undergoing treatment at an infusion center twice a week, and transporting clients to and from appointments takes committed, compassionate volunteers.
Other services such as providing gas cards to help patients get to treatment have always been a part of the work. Giving each person who comes into the Angel Wings family a handmade prayer blanket has been a tradition since the beginning. These things require money and volunteer time.
The rural communities in our area have been great support for this little organization and we could not have done the work we have without it. We are extremely grateful to all the 4-H clubs, church groups, civic groups, and individuals who have made donations and prayer blankets, attended our events, and volunteered their time. We appreciate the Weiser Senior Center for providing meals and local businesses for generously donating items for auctions, raffles, door prizes, and patient goody bags. Thank you!
However, the NEED for the services and support that Angel Wings Network, Inc. provides has far outgrown our ability to fund the work. As a result, the Board has decided to downsize, move out of the office space currently rented, and move into an office space recently donated. More information about our new location will be announced soon. Our intent is to continue to provide the services mentioned above, and maintain a presence in the community, through outreach to various community groups and visibility on social media, etc. We will also remain accessible through our existing office phone line: 208-414-9464. Our affiliate group, Angel Riders, will remain active and represent us in local parades and rodeos.
It is our hope and prayer to continue helping those in need that are battling cancer. We also hope that a major funding source, or benefactor, can be found who sees the value of this work in our rural area. In addition to monetary donations, we need drivers to help transport patients, to and from appointments, and individuals to go to the infusion center to spend time with patients undergoing treatment. These are vital services in high demand.
We urge community members, leaders, and churches to contact Angel Wings Network, Inc. if you have thoughts or ideas on how to keep this important support service going.
Angel Wings Network, Inc. Board of Directors
Editors Note: The YouTube video below is an early video, the Board Of Director has changed and as we just read the location is also, but it is a nice video of the beginning...