Anthem Giving Circle calls itself a “small but mighty” team of 26—pooling time, talents and money to make a difference in local lives. Think of it as a book club with a bigger purpose.
The group started in 2007 with five people. “After moving to Anthem, a few of us wanted to do something locally to give back,” said AGC Co-chair Bernice Volinsky. “After reading an article about a young boy needing a service dog, we decided to start a giving circle here.”
Those roots lead AGS to donate money to the Van Alstine family of Anthem to purchase an autism service dog for their son Luke [In&Out, June 24, 2011]. “The Van Alstine family touched all of our hearts and we wanted to make their dream a reality,” Volinsky said.
In September, Luke welcomed home his new service dog, “Hope.”
“AGS has single-handedly donated one-half of Luke’s fundraising goal,” Luke’s mom, Roxann Van Alstine said. “AGS’s physical, monetary, and emotional support made this entire process an encouragement to our family. AGS helped strengthen our love and hope in Anthem. Not only did Luke receive his dog named Hope, we now have more hope for Luke’s future.”
AGS also pitched in to help offset medical costs for a family battling a rare eye cancer in their toddler [In&Out, Oct. 13, 2011]. “We made a donation to Emily Stakes last night,” Volinsky said.
AGS hosts annual fundraisers and receives donations from its members. The group falls under the non-profit umbrella of We Care in Anthem and is accepting new members.
10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12
42201 41st Dr., Anthem
Gifts, crafts, jewelry, art, food, raffle and more. Vendors welcome.