Ashley and Sally were back at in Birmingham this month and of course, we want to share the fun we had with our Dothan friends and family!
We hosted an Easter egg hunt and picnic in the park for the girls this month. We hid close to 200 Easter eggs and the girls found them ALL!!!
We enjoyed yummy cupcakes, cookies, and homemade chicken salad sandwiches.
We even had time to do a little crafting in the park together!
Another successful Chicktime in the books! This month was a little crazy but that’s okay… we like it that way!
We started the day off with science projects. Ms. Ranah Blair taught us how to make lava lamps and they turned out SO cool. We also did the coke and mentos experiment with the Diet Coke shooting further than any other soda did… a sticky mess but we had so much fun.
Next, we did a little rock art with Ms. Rachel Kurihara teaching us how to paint basic mandalas.
Our kiddos are so creative! In our final hour, we took a little field trip down to Mt.Gilead Baptist Church where they were hosting a Spring Water Fun Day for kids in the community.
We had so much fun today =}
Thank you to everyone who attended Chicktime March today! We are so blessed by each and every one of you!! Ms. Anna came to share her time and talents in the kitchen with us as she taught us how to bake cupcakes.
We celebrated Easter a little early this year and we hid 176 Easter eggs around the campus and we are pretty sure the kids found them all… if not, it’s a good thing the Easter bunny left plastic eggs this year!
There were board games played and laughter in every room! We also got to hug the necks of two of our favorite people, Heidi Barnett Pickels and Mr. Mike and we are SO happy to be working with them again!!
Ms. Sally Ann Raetzke was in charge this month and we can’t thank her enough for making sure the children had Chicktime this month!!!
We hope you will all join us for Chicktime April =}
#ChicktimeDothan #iLoveChicktime #dolifeBIG #LoveServeGive
Ashley and Sally recently took a little road trip to Birmingham to lead the March workshop at Grace House but we also wanted to show our Dothan family some of the amazing vision boards that the girls made.
For almost 25 years, Grace House has been providing stable, Christian homes for girls who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. The residential campus in Fairfield houses girls who have been removed from their homes and placed in state custody.
It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with the girls and the Bham chicks. After Chicktime, a few of us went to lunch together and enjoyed just a little more fellowship and getting to know each other.
It was powerful to sit at a lunch table together with women from another city that we had never met before.
We are so honored to have served alongside Chicktime Birmingham this month and we can’t wait to visit again!
#ChicktimeDothan #ChicktimeBirmingham #iLoveChicktime
We had so much fun at Chicktime February! Our workshop leader this month was Que Nona Valentine Guilford and she definitely showed our volunteers and the kids a great time!
We began our day by sharing a few moments listening to Que’s favorite song that reminds us that we are all a miracle! Next, we painted/decorated picture frames and Que reminded us to always cherish the small moments in life.
We also took a few moments to appreciate that February is Black History Month. Ms. Aaliyah and Mr. Noah presented us with information about their heroes and Ashley gave us a brief history lesson and reminded us to love our neighbors no matter their skin color or beliefs and to “throw kindness around like confetti”.
Lastly, we baked and enjoyed some yummy and gooey cookies! Today was a great day and we can’t thank our volunteers enough for coming out and a VERY special thank you goes out to Que and Abby Hall Albritton for making Chicktime February happen!
Abby, Ashley, Ranah, and Sally <3
Thank you to every who attended our second annual Community Spa Day! We had an amazing afternoon with some pretty incredible women and children. In the spa room, we had Mary-Morgan and Hannah sharing their talent of hair cutting by offering free cuts and styles the to women of the Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention’s domestic violence counseling group and the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home kids.
Lauren shared her gift of make-up tips and tricks by offering and Vanessa shared her loved of manicures with us. When the kids were not getting pampered, we having a blast making slime and playing games!
Thank you to all of our volunteers who braved the bad weather and came out to help us make this day so special! We hope to see YOU at Chicktime February!
Abby, Ashley, Ranah, and Sally
Thank you to everyone who played a part in helping to bring our annual Christmas party @ ABCH to life! we had THIRTEEN volunteers today and a special visit from the man in red… SANTA!
Our workshop leader this month was Ms. Ranah and she was amazing! We made ornaments and decorated cookies.
Our hearts our overjoyed and we know we are blessed! Thank you to all of our volunteers and donors for your support and hard work!
We hope you will join us for Chicktime January’s Spa Day next month!
#ChicktimeDothan #LoveServeGive #dolifeBIG #JesusIsTheReason
Abby, Ashley, and Ranah
Chicktime Dothan Leaders
3rd Annual Christmas with Exchange CAP Update:
Hey everyone! Ashley here! Every year, Christmas rolls around way sooner than I am ready for. It can be such an overwhelming time for a nonprofit organization. We have such giving hearts and we just want to help everybody… no matter how unrealistic the idea may be! Every year, I sit down and think to myself, “Ashley, what have you gotten yourself and the Chicktime Dothan chicks into?!?!?” and then I remember how truly blessed we are to live in such a wonderful community and how God ALWAYS shows up! This weekend, we will serve our Alabama Baptist Children’s Home kids just as we do every month and we will have an awesome workshop full of crafts, love, laughter, cookies, gifts, and a VERY special guest but today, I got to represent our community, our supporters, and volunteers by doing what I look forward to doing the most every year. I delivered 12 gifts bags filled to the top with everything from purses and wallets to soaps and personal trinkets that you all wanted to share with women in our community. Women that we do not know. Women that have and are accomplishing something that many people across the country do not survive… domestic violence. Thank you all so much for helping us to bring the 3rd annual Christmas with Exchange CAP to life. We could not do what we do without YOU!
Thank you to everyone who attended Chicktime November at the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home! The temp cooled down a good bit yesterday but it was just right for some fun outdoors. Our workshop leader this month was our Founder and Leader, Ms. Ashley and we made leaf sun catchers, scarecrow magnets, and pumpkin patch pudding.
The kids also wrote their letters to Santa and we know he can’t wait to go shopping for them! We hope you will join us for Chicktime December next month. Our beautiful Co-Leader, Ms. Ranah is busy getting ready to bring us an awesome Christmas party! We’ll see you there!
The holidays are officially here and Chicktime Dothan is diving into our busiest time of the year! We are kicking off our 3rd Annual Christmas with Exchange CAP project and Santa has also asked us to help mark some items off our ABCH children’s wishlists. In order for us to do either of these things, we need YOUR help! If you re interested in helping with either project, please contact Ashley or Ranah today!
Third Annual Christmas With Exchange CAP!!
The Christmas season is quickly approaching! This can only mean one thing… it’s time for our 3rd Annual Christmas With Exchange CAP! The Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention offers free trauma therapy for abuse victims in our community. It has been our pleasure to serve them every year via the Christmas project which allows us to donate gifts to the twelve women enrolled in their domestic violence counseling program. We are asking for donations of small jewelry, candy, picture frames, scarves, make-up, journals, gift cards, candles, toiletries… anything that is on your heart to give this Christmas season! We will accept these donations through December 17th! Please contact us to make arrangements for your donations to be picked up or dropped off so that we may add them to the gift bags!
Help Bring Christmas to the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home!!
Thank you to everyone who attended Chicktime October at the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home! Ms. Lisa from the Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention was our workshop leader this month and she had lots of Halloween fun planned for the kids and the Chicktime Dothan chicks. Ms. Lisa’s character building lesson was all about the fact that luck is what you make it. She shared various superstitions with the kids like horse shoes, black cats, and four leave clovers and she told us that these things are just symbols and they do not really determine if something will turn out to be good or bad for us. The focus was for the children to understand that being honest and treating each other kindly is the best way to have good luck!
We played an awesome trick-or-treat came in the which the kids picked up as much candy as they possible could with a zombie claw. It was interesting watching them try to grab as much candy as they could without dropping any! We also made our very own spiderwebs with silly string.
For snack, we made black cat Oreos….. yummy!
Ms. Rachel from Canvas Me Henna also came to visit us this month and the kids were all treated to the face painting of their choice. Thank you so much to all of the volunteer who made Chicktime October a success! We hope to see YOU at Chicktime November!
Do you have a hobby or talent that you would like to teach to someone else? Are you the best gardener in your neighborhood? Does everyone love your cupcakes and pies? Can you paint like Picasso? Chicktime Dothan is currently hosting our 2017 Workshop Leader Drive which is the time of the year when we fill our calendar with the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home for the upcoming year. We don’t need you to be the best at what you do… we just need you to come and share your time and love with us! Whatever YOU love to do, so do the children we serve and they want to learn how to do it from YOU! Below, you will find the list of month’s available. Interested in leading a workshop but not sure exactly what activities you would like to do? That’s okay! One of our Chicktime Dothan Co-Leaders will be with you every step of the way to make sure that your workshop is the BEST workshop! Also, our ‘How We Serve’ page on our website details what it means to lead a Chicktime Dothan workshop and our ‘Dothan News’ page is full of fun pics and details from workshops from previous years! We love and appreciate all of our volunteers who help make our workshops a success and we can’t wait to see what 2017 is going to bring! If you would like to reserve your month as workshop leader, please contact us ASAP!
Thank you to everyone who came to Chicktime September! We had a great time with ABCH kids as always. Ms. Brenda from the Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention was our workshop leader this month and she brought the fun to Chicktime!
Our character building lesson this month was a reminder that being creative is one of the best outlets for us to have in our toolbelts and Ms. Brenda taught us how to impress our favorite memories or whatever makes us happy onto tin foil. Then, we framed them! Everyone made awesome picture frames.
Next, we played everyone’s favorite game… The candy game! Fifteen seconds to unwrap the giant cellophane ball and grab your goodies! Our candy already had us all sugured up but there was more to come with homemade ice cream! As loud as we could, we shook our bags till we had sprinkle and candy filled yummy ice cream.
We can’t thank our volunteers enough for the time they devoted to the children today and we hope YOU will join us next month as Ms. Lisa from Exchange CAP comes to bring us what will surely be a spooooky good time! Sally and Ashley will also be finishing and setting up our scarecrows from last month so look for more pictures from Scarecrows in the Garden to be posted soon!
We had so much fun at Chicktime August! The kids really enjoyed building our scarecrows and everyone worked really hard to bring them to life! We still have a long way to go to get our ‘crows ready for display but we enjoyed sharing in this experience with the kids today and can’t wait for them to see the final product! Our character building lesson this month was “I believe that I am someone who can do great things” and was presented by Ms. Michaela. She taught us that no matter what our situation in life may be, we have to keep trying to be the best version of ourselves and never give up!
Our ‘crows will be on display at Dothan Area Botanical Gardens during the month of October so make sure to stop by and see our Creepy Crawly Candyland!
The Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention is taking over Chicktime Dothan for the next couple of months and we couldn’t be more excited to have them!! This month, Ms. Brenda, Ms. Pam, and Ms. Lisa are busy preparing what is sure to be an awesome day of crafts with the kids! So, put on your Chicktime shirt and let’s get ready to grab a paint brush & make some art!
Our character building lesson will be, “I am being creative when I dance, draw, paint or write a poem or story”.
If you would like to join us next month, contact Courtney @ 704-661-3419 to RSVP!
Ashley and Courtney
Chicktime Dothan Chapter Leaders
Chicktime July was a blast… literally! This month was all about science. Our first science experiment involved a small cup of water and one gummy bear. We left our gummy bears soaking in water during the afternoon and at the end Chicktime, the kids noticed that their bears had all expanded. We noted that osmosis is the reason for the expansion. Our next experiment had us making plastic out of milk and while it did not smell good and it was kind of gross… the girls really enjoyed seeing the final product shaped like their different cookie cutters! After we cleaned up our lab station, we did a simple experiment with oil & water. The girls quickly learned that they do not mix but they had fun making bubbles! Next, we incorporated a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) project into our afternoon, The kids had to make a spaghetti & marshmallow tower with only the supplies given. Who ever had the tallest tower at the end of eighteen minutes won a prize. L won the activity and got herself a gift card to Starbucks! Our final experiment of the day was homemade bottle rockets. Unfortunately, it didn’t go quite so as planned and of all the rockets we made, only one actually took flight… well, exploded… on Ms. Ashley! The girls loved trying to figure out different ways to make the rockets work.
Our character building lesson this month was all about finding the good in every situation. We talked about different techniques that we can do to help clear our minds during tough situations so that we can set ourselves up to find the good in it. We watched Marry Poppins tell us how sometimes we just need a spoonful of sugar to help us get the job done and it really helped the girls to understand a deeper meaning… life happens and sometimes, the best way to deal with it is to just smile and get the job done. We have to keep moving on so find a reason to say ‘good’ and work towards making it better next time. We capped off our lesson with a quick art project in which the girls colored a thunderstorm on one side of the card and a rainbow on the other. It was just a simple reminder that storms do come sometimes but there’s always a rainbow at the other end!
For a pdf version of our science experiments instructions and supplies needed, click here.
July 2016: Science Day!
Chicktime June was one of the best workshops we have had in a while and definitely was one for the record books! The title for this month’s character building lesson was, “How I Look Is Not As Important As How I Act” and Harry the Otter helped us to understand that showing respect for those around us… no matter the situation or how we feel about that person… is the best way to show the best versions of ourselfs. We talked about the difference between internal and external traits and the kids put together a wonderful list of ways to be respectful. Ms. Kelley York-Massingill came to visit today and taught the kids about proper skin care and they LOVED it… even J (our only boy in the group right now) had a blast! He liked how soft his skin felt! All the kids got an awesome goodie bag from Ms. Kelley that included their very own skin care regimen so that they can begin taking steps toward having fresh and clean faces. The girls looked flawless in their new lip glosses as well! Next up, Ms. Precious Freeman and Mr. Biko stopped by for a visit. Mr. Biko took J outside for a manly game of basketball while us girls played the Assumption Game with Ms. Precious. Mr. Will Francis from Wiregrass 2-1-1 stopped by and brought the kids new toothbrushes from Sarrell Dental which are always a blessing! We topped the afternoon off by helping K celebrate her 13th birthday with yummy cake!
Thank you to everyone who came to Chicktime June and helped to make our workshop a success!
Our workshop leader next month is Ms. Ashley and she is busy planning a science day for the kids with lots of experiments in the works! Our character building lesson will be, “When I am sad, I help myself feel better by thinking of things that are good in my life.” and we’ll be talking to the kids about trying to always find the GOOD in everything! Be watching your emails for your Chicktime July invitations… we would love to have YOU join us!
This month’s workshop will be a combination of several workshops in one. We will have Ms. Kelley from Mary Kay coming to teach the children about proper skin care. Mr. Ricky will be bringing his Men’s Basketball Team over for a basketball clinic and Mr. Will from Wiregrass 2-1-1’s “Help Me Grow” will be coming to talk to the parents in attendance about some of the available resources in our area for their child’s health and wellness. It’s sure to be a packed day and we can’t wait to see you there!
For Chicktime May, Ms. Caitlin and Ms. Michaela brought us water day and we had a blast! The sun was hot and the water was cool! We started the day with water balloon dodge ball and baseball. We quickly realized that water balloons and baseball don’t mix very well and pretty much everyone hit home runs every time they stepped up to bat! Next, we played Pictionary with sidewalk chalk and let’s just say… we have some very creative kids! They drew everything from umbrellas to flip flops! After we had a huge water balloon fight, the kids tried to fill mason jars with a spoonful of water and it’s a good thing we were all already wet because the driveway was soaked! With one bubbles and one final water rocket bash, we wrapped up the day! We certainly had a great time today and we can’t thank our workshop leaders enough for providing us with lots of fun and laughs today! Thank you to all of our new volunteers that came today as well!
Join us on May 21st for #WaterDay! Our workshop leaders this month are Ms. Caitlin and Ms. Michaela and they always bring the fun! We will officially begin meeting @ 12:40pm this month so please arrive on time and ready to spend the afternoon with the amazing ABCH kids and Chicktime Dothan! We plan to get wet so bring a towel! We will also be announcing your new Chicktime Dothan leadership team!
Chicktime Dothan is proud to announce the beginnings of a beautiful friendship with Help Me Grow Alabama! Help Me Grow Alabama is a free information and referral line connecting parents and providers to information about child development and community resources. HMGA works with knowledgeable child development professionals to help you determine the appropriate community resources for you and your child. They strive to learn about resources for your child’s wellness and gain access to tools that will guide you through your child’s development. Mr. Will and the Help Me Grow Alabama team will help you be empowered when talking to your child’s doctor and will help you know what questions will matter the most in the development of your child. Chicktime Dothan has chosen to support HMGA in their mission because we feel that when we empower the parent’s of our community with access to available resources, then we are helping to stop the cycle of child abuse in our community… one family at a time! In the upcoming months, you will see HMGA at various Chicktime events and they will be available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding this program!
To learn more about Help Me Grow Alabama, you can click the links below to be connected to their Facebook and website. You can also contact 2-1-1 for more info today!
Art Day was a success! Thank you so much to everyone who attended Chicktime April today and a special thank you to our workshop leaders, Ms. Heather and Ms. Brittany who did a fantastic job! This week is nationally recognized around the world as #NationalVolunteerWeek and today we had a record FIFTEEN volunteers in attendance! Today we made awesome pieces of art using canvas and water guns filled with paint…. every color you could possibly imagine! Once we wrapped up our painting activity, we gathered around and played a game of trivia in which the kids beat us adults. Thankfully, the rain held off and we got to spend the whole afternoon outside. This month, you came to Chicktime prepared to get messy and for Chicktime May… prepare to get WET as Ms. Caitlin and Ms. Michaela bring us Water Day!
It is with a heavy heart that we develop this post this morning but we at Chicktime Dothan have decided that this dreaded post is necessary in light of recent events. Chicktime Dothan exists to serve the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home and the Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention. We are honored to accept that calling and serve those organizations with passion. However, it must be noted that we are not a resource center. Chicktime Inc. was not created to be poverty ministry. It was created to serve women and children of abuse via mentoring workshops and time spent with them. We were designed to create a fun and loving atmosphere for the hurting, healing, and broken women and children of our community that might not otherwise know love, friendship and kindness. We are honored by every community need that has been brought to us and we have tried hard to make sure those needs have been filled but Chicktime Dothan does not have the resources to exist as a poverty ministry. Praise God that he has put Chicktime Dothan in connection with some of the amazing resource centers in our community and as cultivated beautiful relationships between those centers and Chicktime Dothan. We humbly ask that those who are seeking assistance with clothing and monetary needs will contact Wiregrass 2-1-1 for assistance as they are able to assist you in a much greater capacity than Chicktime Dothan can. If you are looking for a fun and friendly environment in which you can volunteer via mentorship opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact us because that is a request we most certainly can handle!
Chicktime Dothan Leadership
Chicktime March was an absolutely amazing and beautiful workshop! We did something a little different this month in that we did not meet at the children’s home. Instead, the kids met us at the Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention and some of the women we have served for the past 2 years via our Christmas with Exchange CAP project came over to the center as well. All of the women and children received new hair styles thanks to Ms. Mary-Morgan and Ms. Paula. Volunteers pampered with nail polishing and hair styling. We are so blessed by the relationships we have with Exchange CAP and ABCH and it was truly our pleasure to serve the women and children in this way. There were tears of joy shed today and memories made that Chicktime Dothan will cherish forever! Thank you to the children’s home and the Center for allowing us to serve them today and a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who helped to make today so very special!
HCGD is an event that is hosted by various nonprofits in our community in which we set up a booth at Eagle Eye Outfitters and share information about our organizations. A few of this years nonprofits include; Chicktime Dothan, Child Advocacy Center, Dothan Houston County Substance Abuse Partnership, Houston County Rescue Unit, Joy FM, Legal Services Alabama, Living Hope Community Outreach, Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership (formerly HRDC), TOPS–The Ordinary People Society, Wiregrass Hope, Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center, Wiregrass United Way 2-1-1… And the list goes on! We will need 3-4 volunteers at our booth to help give out information about Chicktime in hopes of gaining new volunteers. If you can help, please contact Ashley @ 334-718-7890 or email@example.com!
Looking for somewhere to volunteer? Feeling a little nervous about inserting yourself in a group? At Chicktime Dothan, we realize it can be a little scary when taking that first step into the world of volunteering so we want to help you make that first leap!
Join our Chapter Leader and Founder on Saturday, February 13th @ 4pm for our .
What you can expect:
-You will meet our Chapter Founder and Leader, Ashley Simmons and some of our awesome chapter members!
-You will learn the origins of Chicktime Dothan.
-You will learn how and where we serve.
-You will find out how you can easily plug into our chapter and make steps towards becoming a member.
-You will learn how you can develop your passions and use your gifts to make the world a better place for the next generation!
-It will be a wonderful afternoon of friendship and fellowship!