AWB Newsletter Feb 13 2007
Subject: AWB - Valentine's Day Message; Volunteer Inspirations
| New Orleans
Upcoming AWB Trainings
in Boulder (Feb. 23-25), Bay Area (March 23-25), Boston (March 30-April
1), New York (June 1-3). 16 CEU's, including 4 for Ethics/Safety
requirement. Click on link at left for more details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acupuncturists Without Borders is currently implementing plans to roll
out our Veterans Projects around
the country, treating veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan (and
their families) for stress and trauma with free community acupuncture.
As you may know, we are doing Disaster Relief/Trauma trainings around
the country. At each training that we do, we will be meeting with those
attendees who are interested in spearheading a local veterans project.
You do not have to attend a training to get involved, though it will be
a good way to network with others in your community. We will keep you
posted as these local programs are put into place. We are currently
raising funds to support this nationwide veterans program.
We are also raising funds to send teams back to New Orleans. If we can raise the
requisite funds, we will send teams back - if you want more details on
the budget needs, please contact us at email@example.com.
If you would like to make an earmarked donation to specifically support
either the Veterans Program or New Orleans, please make a note of that
on your donation check or on your Paypal donation. To donate click on
AWB website link on left.
Our Year End Fundraising Campaign
raised $8,628.00. Thank you so much for the support!
A Valentines Day Message
My 18 year old cat, Austin, almost died a few weeks ago.
We cut short a badly needed vacation to come home to be with him for
his last days, or so we thought. We fed him his favorite foods, did
acupuncture treatments on him, and mostly gave him tons of tender
lovin' care. Now, I know that things don't always work this way, but he
has rallied back to life - it is quite amazing. The vets were sure
those were his final days.
It has brought to my heart, again, that this is what we
have done in New Orleans. Basically, as an organization, we have showed
up, over and over again, to offer some lovin' care to those suffering a
great deal. And it has reminded me, again, not to underestimate the
incredible power that this lovin' care can have on people's lives
(along with acupuncture, of course!).
Left to Right - AWB
Volunteers in New Orleans - Teresa Zeigler (IL), Jeya Aerenson (OR),
Pat Flood (WA), and Graham
Hi All - I just spent the day at an amazing event called Project
Homeless Connect. It was held at the Fairgrounds here. There were
all kinds of services for the homeless population - medical, dental,
vets, homes, energy, counselling, etc. I was set up in the medical
area, 5 chairs in my area. About half of the people who saw me had
experienced acupuncture before, I only used ear points, NADA and
sometimes a few others for pain. Fortunately there is a community
clinic in Eugene that charges between $5-15 so I had a place I could
refer to for follow-up treatments.
I have ideas for the next time this happens. It was the first time this
was offered in Eugene, over 600 people came to it, a couple of hundred
volunteers and the mayor gave a speech. United Way organized this and
apparently it is happening in many cities. It was the AWB experience
that allowed me to go into the venue with complete confidence of how to
set things up and I had a good sense of what to expect and how the day
Jeya Aerenson, L.Ac. (OR), AWB Volunteer
Jordan Van Voast's team at
Camp Hope, Louisiana
Dear Friends of AWB,
Just wanted to share with everyone the good energy from the opening of
my Community Acupuncture clinic in Seattle. Serena Sundaram, L.Ac., my
partner in this venture, and I received about 60 visitors on a Thursday
afternoon/evening into our new clinic space.
CommuniChi (the name which Serena coined for our clinic) is the first
dedicated Community Acupuncture clinic in Seattle. We have eleven
recliner chairs in a circle inside one 450 square foot room, with
another equal sized room as a reception area, and a large closet. The
clinic was, in many ways, born on the streets of New Orleans.
Both of us had done community acupuncture type work during and
following our graduation from school, but it wasn't until AWB's work in
Katrina that the idea was ready to give birth to some larger project
into which we have begun to pour our life energies.
Speaking of AWB, it was homecoming week for AWB volunteers in the
Seattle area. Besides Serena and myself, other AWB "alumni" present at
our Grand Opening were Bill Wulsin, Pat Flood, Linda Minato, and
I can only begin to describe the rich feelings - akin to being a new
parent - that the birth of this community clinic has blessed me with.
Together we gave ear treatments to almost half of the people who
attended (25 to 30), and at one point, our 11 recliner chairs were full
as the full moon rose over the Cascade mountain range - a stunning
scene of natural beauty fully visible from our top floor clinic atop
Seattle's Beacon Hill.
Much more to share, but not enough time for the awkwardness of words.
If you or a friend is passing through Seattle, please let them know
about our clinic (www.communichi.org) We are located at 2524 16th Ave.
South, #301 in Seattle. 206-860-5009.
Jordan Van Voast, L.Ac.
Acupuncturists Without Borders