Mesa News


Hello “Chicks”:

 

Our next volunteer night is just 19 days away!  Bethany P. is our monthly leader and we will be doing a craft called a “Tree Canvas”.  It looks REALLY cool!   We could use some volunteers to help the kiddos with the project, encourage them, and just be there so they know they are cared for.

 

CCC flowering tree

 

Please RSVP to Stacy if you would like to volunteer this night.  Meeting time is at 5:45pm and we end at 7pm.  All volunteer events are held at the Child Crisis Center in Mesa.

 

Also, please check out our new Chicktime Blog!  http://chicktimemesa.wordpress.com/
Here you will find the address and directions to the Center on the Home Page.  If you “follow” the blog, you will get an automatic email when a new Volunteer event is posted.  Click on the “Where We Serve” page and you’ll find a drop down for the “General Wish List” of items the Center is in need of.

 

We are also now on Facebook – so be sure to “Like” our page to find additional information and events held at the Center.  Facebook page name is “Chicktime – Mesa”.

 

Hope to see you on the 21st and thank you girls for all you do!  We had such a great turnout last month – we were able to have Music Night for the both the Middlers and the Big Kids!   Check out a couple of the pics on the Blog – the gals from Chicks with Picks were amazing!!

 

Stacy & Cheryl

 

Ps – new Tshirts have arrived!  We now have black and brown to choose from.  If anyone needs one for the 21st, just email me color and size.  ($10 wholesale cost)

Hello Chicktime gals!   I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  We had a great time at the Child Crisis Center Saturday night.  We had 4 musicians from the Chicks with Picks foundation come play music for the kids at the Center, ages 4 yrs to 10 yrs.   Chicks with Picks is a non-profit that uses female musicians (of all ages)to reach those in need, through their music.  They play for the Phoenix Childrens’ Hospital, and also hold fundraisers to help families with medical expenses.  We are overwhelmed with gratitude that they chose to partner with us!  I wish I could have taken photos of the kids smiling faces, and clapping hands…but, due to confidentiality we just cannot do that.   I think the Middler girls sang “Let it Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” about 5 times.  They took turns singing in front of the group, and not knowing all the words, but could belt out “Let it go!” when the chorus came – too stinkin’ cute!  

 

Rachel closed out the night with the her original song “Safe Haven” – explaining that your safe haven could be home, it could be a person, …the song was very befitting for the evening.  It was just beautiful.  We then had a special request for Pharrel’s “Happy” song.  Although Rachel didn’t know how to play it – she quickly pulled it up on her iPad and gave it her best shot – making one little boy in particular very happy!  

Did you know?  A child in Arizona is abused or neglected every hour.
Over 7,500 children in Arizona last year had to leave home due to reports of child abuse (Arizona Department of Economic Security Child Welfare Report). Approximately 30% of all of these reports were of physical abuse; the rest were emotional abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse. Even though each child’s situation is very different, they all had one significant common factor; 100% could have been prevented.

 

Our hope is to one day find the wings at the Child Crisis Center completely empty.  Until then, we are in desperate need of volunteers to come spend time with the children at the Center…our children from our communities…who deserve so much better than what they have been dealt.  Come sit with them, talk with them, laugh with them, and on May 17th – SING WITH THEM!

 

On May 17th, we are absolutely thrilled to have CHICKS WITH PICKS coming to the Center.  Our Chicktime group will have both the Middlers and the Big Kids this night, so we are in need of extra help (double our usual number).

 

Please RSVP to Stacy if you would like to volunteer this night.  boltmans3@cox.net.

5/17/14   5:45pm – 7pm

All events are held at CCC.

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Thank you AZ Chicks for coming out to the Child Crisis Center in April to play with the Middlers.

 

Also, a big thank you to those members that joined us at the 13th Annual Fiesta in the Tropics night at Gainey Ranch.  It was a wonderful evening under the stars.  With a live mariachi band playing…we celebrated, shopped the live auctions, and enjoyed some amazing south of the border cuisine!  More importantly, we helped to raise much needed funding for the Child Crisis  Center.  (The funds go to direct care needs of the Emergency Shelter.)    350 people attended, and over $150,000 was raised!!   It was such an incredible event,  I hope more of you are able attend next year and get to experience it.

 

 

Thank you Kathy & Cindy for leading the Team Building events for the Big Kids!  Also thank you to Cheryl, Joey, Angie and Daniel for showing up to play with the kiddos!  I heard it was a great event.  Here are some of the highlights of the games they played:

* Rock, paper, scissors, with a twist…THE KIDS LOVED  egg, bird, dinosaur then king or queen. 

* Stand in line holding a cup and straw and passed smarties to the next kids cup…they loved this one! 

* Blindfolded a partner and the other partner had to give directions on where to go to pick up item.

* Hot chocolate game…where the kids had to cross over stepping on little markers as a team.  Very FUN!

 

Don’t forget the upcoming Child Crisis Center Gala on April 12th, Saturday.   We have a table of 10 being held for Chicktime – get your RSVP in by the end of day tomorrow as it’s LAST CALL.

CCC Fiesta in the Tropics

 

Tickets are normally $175 — but Chicktime Mesa is offering the tickets at a reduced cost of $100.  First come, first served!  Hope to see you there!

Blessings,

Stacy

 

The “Chicks” are really excited about our upcoming March event at the Child Crisis Center!

 

Kathy L. is our March monthly leader and she has a great “Team Building and Challenge Course” event planned.   We are in need of 5-7 volunteers to help with activities and just come play with the kids.  We will be with the “Big Kids” this night (ages 8-12 yrs old.)

Wooden mannequins pushing puzzle pieces into the right place

The event is Saturday March 22nd, from 5:45pm to 7pm.  If you would like to register for this event, please email Stacy @ boltmans3@cox.net.

 

Thank you for all you do to serve the children at the Mesa Child Crisis Center!

Blessings,

Stacy Breckenridge & Cheryl Namie

 

We are off to a great start this year here at Chicktime (Mesa)!  I am in awe at the number of women that have come forward to help the hurting children in our community.  (Did you know we have over 100 volunteer members here at Chicktime Mesa?)   Some of these women have come with “hearts on fire” to get involved!  I am ever so grateful for you!  Our calendar for 2014 is almost entirely full with leaders for each month, and the activities planned are so thoughtful.  I am so excited to see all that our group accomplishes this year.

 

Did you know May will be our second month that we will have both the Middlers and Big Kids together?  Our goal is to get to the point where we are able to run activities for both wings of the children’s home.  WE CAN DO IT!   :)

 

A BIG THANK YOU to Erica A for putting on the BEST puppet show for the Middlers on Saturday.  Check out the photos!   Erica had some of the 12-13 yr old girls from church help make the puppet theatres out of cereal boxes and parchment paper.  The kids cut out shapes of the characters from the beloved Humpty Dumpty story.  The shapes were then glued to colored popsicle sticks.   The kids decorated the front of their theatre with pom poms, stickers, glitter glue etc.  Then the REAL fun – Erica brought little table lamps for each of the kiddos – and their shadow puppets came to life!   Aren’t they just TOO CUTE?   The kiddos got to keep their table lamps and puppet theatres…and Erica left a poster board behind of the nursery rhyme.

 

Erica A. will be our February Monthly leader and she will be making “Shadow Puppets”  with the Middlers (ages 4-7 yrs old).  Erica is in need of 5-7  volunteers to join her and help out.   The event is Saturday the 22nd, from 5:45pm to 7pm.  Erica has had some wonderful little helpers gathering all the supplies together.   You have to come see the darling puppet stage they have put together!

puppet CCC

If you are interested  in volunteering for this event– please RSVP to Stacy at:  boltmans3@cox.net.

 

Thanks so much for all you do!

 

Stacy Breckenridge & Cheryl Namie
Chicktime, Mesa

 

Thank you Rebecca C for leading our January event!   We received the below photograph from the Child Crisis Center.  The Middlers had a GREAT time with all the activities planned.  They especially loved the Cheese Head game!

 

Thank you to the following volunteers who helped out:  Angie B, Jesi H, Ashley C, Johanna B, Cheryl N, Tabitha H, Lorena V, Brittany S and Marida L.

 

JAN CCC Thank you 2014

 

 

 

 

 

January News

 

Happy New Year Chicktime Gals:

 

We are gearing up for our first Volunteer event for 2014!

 

Rebecca Carlson is our Monthly leader and will be doing a “Mini-Olympics” night with the Middlers (ages 4-7 yrs old).  Rebecca is in need of some volunteers to join her and help out.   The event is this Saturday the 18th, from 5:45pm to 7pm.

 

If you are intestered in volunteering for this Saturday – please RSVP to me at:  boltmans3@cox.net.

 

Thanks so much for all you do!

 

Stacy Breckenridge & Cheryl Namie
Chicktime, Mesa

 

 

Thank you Chicktime Mesa gals for all you did in 2013 that benefitted the children at the Child Crisis Center.  You donated your time, your finances, your talents, ….your hearts.  We are so grateful for you!  2013 was a successful year here at Chicktime!  Our chapter has grown to 83 members and with that, we brought some fun events to the kiddos this year.

 

In 2013 we learned how to do art journaling (with author Ms. Dawn), we created tiaras and swords (with beautiful girls Michelle & Sydney), learned yoga poses (Namaste Ms. Sundi), checked out scorpions under black lights, made punch with dry ice, saw how gases can inflate a balloon (thanks to  “Felicia the Great” – Engineer), scrapbooked with the ever talented Shannon R. and Gracie K.,  made ooey gooey “Oobleck” with Cheryl, played HeadBanz & Pictionary during our Game Night, decorated Halloween cupcakes with Cakes by Lisa, and ended the year with our Movie Under the Stars night (special thanks to the creative gals at Destination Manager – Stacey O. & Danielle P.)

 

Our 2014 calendar is filling up with more great events to come!  Here are some sneak peaks:

  •  Shadow puppets  with Erica A.
  •  Science Experiments  with Felicia
  •  Animal Interaction & Carnival games
  • Team Building and Challenge Course with Kathy L.
  • Music Night – courtesy of Chicks with Picks

 

 

We have a new calendar tool on the Chicktime website (thank you Cheryl for keeping this up to date for us!).  It’s a pretty slick tool.  You can RSVP for volunteer events here & automatically add it to your smartphone calendar.

 

Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

 

Stacy & Cheryl

 

 

 

What a fabulous group of women!

What a fabulous group of women!

 

Last night was a huge success!  Thank you to Erica, Medhen (& her fabulous friend!), Stacey O., Athina, Joey, and Danielle for your big hearts!  The kids had a great time watching Monsters University under the stars last night. A huge thank you to Stacey O and Danielle P. who were our leaders for this event.  They got us a great deal on the projector screen cost, and their company donated the Harkins movie theatre popcorn and bags!   And the glow stick bracelets were a huge hit!   It was so fun to hear the kiddos laughing at the movie, all bundled up in their blankets…under a beautiful full moon last night.

 

It was the perfect event to close out 2013.   I am so blessed to know such a great group of women, and look forward to 2014 and all that we will accomplish!

 

Putting popcorn bags together

Putting popcorn bags together

 

 

 

 

 

November News

 

 

Monsters University Movie Ticket Stub

This month Danielle P. & Stacey are hosting our “Movie under the Stars” night at the Child Crisis Center.  Please join us as we watch our favorite monsters reunite in “Monsters University”.

Both the Middlers and the Big Kids will join us this night.   We have a vendor that will be setting up an inflatable movie screen with a great sound system.

 

We will be bringing popcorn for the kids, staff and our volunteers.   Don’t miss this night!  This is a great opportunity to get a large group of Chicktime volunteers together as well.

 

**   Bring a coat/jacket as we will be outside and it will get chilly!

 

Please RSVP direct to Stacy if you would like to volunteer – boltmans3@cox.net.

Date: November 16th, 2013

 

Time: 6pm – appx 8:30pm.   Please arrive about 5 minutes early for check-in.

 

Place:

Child Crisis Center

604 W. 9th St.

Mesa, AZ 85201

 

 

 

 

Our next volunteer night at the Child Crisis Center is this Saturday, 10/19.

 

Lisa McGee is our monthly leader and will be doing Halloween Cupcake Decorating with the Big Kids.
I have the following volunteers already signed up to help: Kiva, Danielle I., Gloria L., Rachel L., and myself. I can fit another volunteer in, so if you wanted to attend but hadn’t RSVP’d yet – please let me know as soon as possible. Also, if you signed up and for some reason cannot make it Saturday, please let me know so I have time to find a replacement for you.

 

Hope you all enjoyed your Fall Break (if you have kiddos in school) and the nice change in the weather! I just got back from Big Bear last night and it was so nice to see the leaves turning and feel the crispness in the air! I love this time of year!

 

I am looking forward to Saturday and hoping to bring some smiles to the Kids at the Center. They won’t be trick or treating with their families this year, or attending Fall Festivals with their families. I know the Center will have some events planned for them and I am thankful to all of you for being a part in that.

 

Stacy
Chicktime – Mesa, Founder

Cupcake Decorating Halloween

 

August News

Join the Chicktime gals on Augsut 17th to create Scrapbooks with the Middlers (ages 4-7) at the Child Crisis Center

 

Gracie K and Shannon R will be our monthly leaders. They are in need of at least 3 more volunteers to help this night.

 

RSVP to Stacy at boltman3@cox.net

 

Below is a picture of the book we will be creating.

 

CCC Scrapbooking

 

Creative Memories describes the book this way: “Make it simple. Make it matter. A Simply Said Book is a fantastically quick way to share your hopes, sentiments and memories with someone you love. We give you the format to fill in the blanks with your photos and feelings to create a unique tribute. It’s love and honor in under an hour.” Chicktime – Mesa purchased the books with $2 from every sale going directly to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

 

Time: 6pm – 7pm Please arrive about 5 minutes early for check-in.

 

Place:

Child Crisis Center

604 W. 9th St.

Mesa, AZ 85201

 

 

July Highlights

 

CCC July Thank you

 

Thank you Cheryl N. for being our July monthly leader! Cheryl & 4 other volunteers read the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Suess.  Then they made “oobleck”.  Check of the photo of the cool oobleck they made!

 

Cheryl N. and four volunteers will be leading our event in July!

 

June Highlights

 

Thank you to those that volunteered this month!  We had another fun night of Science Experiments – -this time with the big kids!

We received the following hand written note from CCC:

CCC June thank you

Two Girls (10-12) Looking at a Rack of Test Tubes

This month Felicia is conducting Science Experiments with the Big Kids at the Child Crisis Center.

 

If you missed this event in March with the Middlers, you won’t want to miss volunteering this night!

 

Felicia puts on a fantastic science event for the kids!!

 

 

Please RSVP direct to Stacy if you would like to volunteer – boltmans3@cox.net.

 

Date: June 15th, 2013

 

Time: 6pm – 7pm Please arrive about 5 minutes early for check-in.

 

Place:

Child Crisis Center

604 W. 9th St.

Mesa, AZ 85201

 

May Highlights

Thanks to a great group of volunteers that showed up to play games with the Big Kids at CCC!   (Joyce, Shobhana, Cheryl, Sundi, and our  two newest members  Mary Ann & Natalie!)

 

The kids (& the “Chicks”) had a great time playing Pictionary, Guesstures and HEDBANZ!

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For those that don’t know – this was Joyce’s last time to volunteer with us.  We are sad to see her go.  Joyce has been with us since the start of Chicktime – Mesa, and she has volunteered with us every month.    Thank you, Joyce, for sharing your time with us and the kids at CCC.   You will be deeply missed!!   We wish you and your husband well on your new adventure in Michigan, and hope that you find a new Chicktime chapter in your area!!

 

I have to share a few of the Pictionary drawings the kids did Saturday night.  What artists they are!  Can you guess what the Pictionary word was?

Our May event is full!!  Thank you Gabby, Joyce, Shobhana, MaryAnn and Shannon for volunteering this month.

 

Gabby is going to join me in leading a “Game Night” with the Big Kids at CCC!   We will be playing Jr. Pictionary and Guesstures (charades).

 

Date:  May 18th, 2013

Time:  5:50pm – 7pm

 

 

 April Highlights

CCC Thank you April

Thank you Ms. Sundi for our fun night learning yoga with the Big Kids at CCC!   And thank you to our fabulous volunteers who joined us:  Felicia, Joyce, and our newest members Shannon &  Shobhana.

 

 

I received the above photo from the Director at the Child Crisis Center this week.    What a great group of women you all are  — I am so blessed to be on this journey with you!

 

 

 

 

Yoga for kids!

 

Woman Doing Yoga

 

Join us on April 20th, 6pm to 7pm at CCC for some yoga fun with the Big Kids!

 

Yoga is an ancient system of physical exercise, breathing techniques and  meditation practices that aim to strengthen the body and calm the mind. Yoga can  be a useful tool for both children and adults, and yoga for children may be  especially helpful for developing focus, calmness and body awareness.   An article in Yoga Journal points out that many children are under great stress  from school, peers, activities and home life. Yoga may be able to help children  reduce stress and deal more effectively with stressful situations.

Ms Sundi K. will be our instructor for this event.  If you would like to volunteer to help this night, please RSVP to  Stacy at boltmans3@cox.net.

 

March Highlights

Thank you Felicia for the awesome night learning about Science at the Child Crisis Center!   And thank you Michelle S.,  Joyce, Gabby, Brittany and Felicia’s sister (who came all the way from New Mexico to spend the evening with us)!

 

The kids had a great time (and so did the Chicktime girls!!).   For those that missed it, Felicia will be leading again June 15th, this time with the Big Kids at CCC.

 

We checked out scorpions under black lights, made cherry soda, learned how carbon dioxide gas blows up a balloon, and the difference between dry ice and ice made from water.   We topped off the night with dry ice in soda & ice cream!   The room was full of oooh’s and aaah’s as the bowl bubbled over with clouds from the dry ice!

 

 

I see you

This month Felicia is conducting Science Experiments with the Middlers at the Child Crisis Center.

We still have room for volunteers to assist Felicia with this event!! Please RSVP to Stacy @ boltmans3@cox.net.

Date: March 23rd, 2013

Time: 6pm – 7pm Please arrive about 5 minutes early for check-in.

 

This month Michelle S and Sydney S are throwing a Princess & Knights party for the Big Kids at the Child Crisis Center.

 

This event has filled up!!  Thank you Michelle, Sydney, Joyce, Cheryl & Felicia for volunteering this Saturday.

 

Date:  February 23rd, 2013

Time:  6pm – 7pm  Please arrive about 5 minutes early for check-in.

 

CCC Thank you kids

 

January News

 

Thank you Ms. Dawn for volunteering to lead our January event with the kids at the Mesa Child Crisis Center.   Dawn is a talented artist who has a passion for art journaling!

 

We will be providing each of the kids with their own blank  journal.    Dawn will teach them how to create their own journal through drawing, collages, & other art mediums.  I am very excited for this event!  Art journaling provides a way for the kids to combine art & words to express themselves in a creative way.

 

If you’d like to join Dawn this month to help the kids with this event, please RSVP as soon as possible.  This event will fill up fast as there are only 5 openings.

Date:  Saturday, January 9th, 2013

Time:  5:45pm – 7:00pm

 

art

 

December Happenings

 

Thank you to all the Chicktime gals that donated books to the Child Crisis Center in December!  We were able to donate 20 books to their Christmas party!!  They were very, very appreciative of Chicktime’s generosity.  I should be receiving a photo or two from the party and will post them to this site as soon as I get them.

 

The Child Crisis Center of Mesa has a need for about 40 copies of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  The Center has a program that supports grandparents raising their grandchildren.  Every year the Crisis Center throws  a Christmas party for them, which they love!  This year is a “Whoville” theme so they are hoping to give each family a copy of the book.

 

Many relative caregivers are finding themselves having to raise relative children because biological parents are unable or unwilling to care for them.  Statistics show that almost 3 in every 10 of the children in our schools are being raised by a relative caregiver.  The reasons are endless, but include: neglect, abuse, incarceration, substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness, death, and even military deployment.

 

If you are able to donate a new book, we would be very appreciative!   Contact me if you would like to help!  I’ll need all new books by December 8th, in order to have them delivered in time for their party.

 

As a reminder, due to outside activities and visitations at the Child Crisis Center, there are no Group Volunteer events in December.

 

friendly grinch
November Happenings

We had a great time in November visiting the Middlers at CCC!

A big thank you to Ms. Neal who was our group leader!   She did an awesome job of organizing all the games the kids played.    Also, thank you to Miss Gabby & Miss Cheryl –  you chicks ROCK!  We couldn’t have done it without you.

 

I received the following from the Volunteer Director at CCC.  I wanted to share it here — and just remind you how much you all are needed and appreciated!

 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

 

Join us in November for an Olympic-themed event at the Child Crisis Center!  Ms. Rebecca is our monthly leader & can use a few Chicktime gals to help with running relays, and other active games!  We will have medals for all the kids and some healthy snacks afterwards.  Please RSVP if you would like to attend this event.  First come, first served as space is limited!

 

Date:  Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Time:  5:45pm – 7:00pm

Wear your Chicktime tshirt, or contact Stacy if you need one!

Happy Halloween from Chicktime – Mesa!   We had a great October event with the kids at the Child Crisis Center.    Thanks to Gracie, Kari, Gabby & Erin for coming out and playing Halloween Bingo with the kids!   The kids had a great time, and EVERYONE won at least once & grabbed a prize from the Halloween bucket.  One of the highlights of the night,  as we were leaving…one of the girls waved us goodbye and in a sweet little voice said “Come back anytime!”