The HFA was put together about 10 years ago as a means to organize parents, children and families within town - it started out as a simple spreadsheet of a few local moms and has grown into over 400 families. Besides organizing parents and children we have also taken on projects and charities in town that are family friendly. For the last several years we have helped to support monthly programs at the Jubilee Center and annually we have given out grants to local charities to help with specific projects, last year we awarded money to Hudson CASA for support of foster children, the Jubilee Center for camp programs and Hudson Cradle for newborn care.
We use our large Cabin Fever event (scheduled this year for March 1st) as a chance to connect with members and to award the chosen charities with grants. We are looking for people that might be interested in helping to organize and put together the event for 2009. The event usually produces a large gathering and is hosted at the Elks Club on Washington Street. During the event we host several sessions of entertainment that range in age appropriateness, it is a perfect opportunity for you to review classes that are in town, see demos and to determine what your child might prefer best, we do arts and crafts, photo stations, etc..... as in the past the event will be free for existing members of the HFA. A nominal admittance fee will be charged for non-HFA families, with an option to join the HFA and get free admittance.
In addition to all the entertainments, demos, etc.... we will also have a raffle for many wonderful prizes. The prizes range from spa services, gym memberships, birthday parties, class packages, etc..... as you can imagine contacting the vendors, coordinating with pick up of items, preparing them for distribution and then contacting winners, etc.... can be a huge undertaking. I am looking for a few members that would be interested in helping to work on this part of the event... in the past we have been able to recruit enough people that you would only be responsible for short list of vendors/stores to contact. We are also looking for raffle prizes, if you have a prize that you would like to donate please contact me directly.
The event itself also requires that we have several volunteers available for helping to maintain the raffle section, safety patrol, entertainment scheduling, set up and clean up.
If you are interested in helping out with the Cabin Fever event this year please contact me via email at email@example.com. Like most of you, I too am a working mother of two and understand the value of time and how hard that it can be to make some - so any help that you can offer is greatly appreciated! The HFA has always hosted these events for the betterment of our children, our community and the charities.
Heather M Khazen