February 2017 Newsletter


Happy February, folks!

Madison’s Goal of the Month: Self Care/Love

Valentine’s day is here and I hope that you all are spending some quality time with all of your loved ones. It’s important to nurture those relationships with others, as well as to nurture your relationship with yourself. In our service, we spend much of our time focusing on helping others before helping ourselves. As someone who has experienced both the emotional and physical toll of stress and neglecting my own needs, I want be more intentional about self-care and providing myself with the time and space I need to re-energize. Hopefully, being more attentive to maintaining my physical and emotional health will only help improve the attention and service I provide to others, and the love I provide to those who matter most to me. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup!

If you are interested, here are some great guides from Idealist.com on self-care and de-stressing that I thought might be helpful in our daily lives and service:

9 Two Minute Tips Quickly De-stress

5 Self-Care Strategies For Care Professionals

Burned Out? 5 Things You Can Do Daily to Feel Better

Chef Michelle’s Easiest Truffles Ever

Well, it’s February and love is in the air.  Why not make these simply delicious truffles for all your loved ones?  They are so very easy and look absolutely beautiful when placed in a decorative box on a sheet of wax paper or in individual candy cup paper.  Don’t forget to tie a pretty bow around the box with a special note!



1 bag of chocolate chips (bitter-sweet or semi-sweet)

1/3 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine chocolate and cream. Cook, stirring, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in flavoring. Pour into a small dish and refrigerate until set, but not hard, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Form balls and roll in toppings such as sprinkles, cocoa, nuts, powdered sugar, etc.


The I.Q. Corner

(Inspirational Quotes that energize you to “get things done” this year) by Tracey

“Life is a dance between making it happen and letting it happen.” 

“What gets measured gets done.”

“[In life] I got two choices, what I do is, make moves or make excuses.”

So until next time…….be inspired!!!


February Babies

Let’s wish a collective “Happy Birthday” to one of our members who has a birthday this month!

Tisha (February 24)

Enjoy your day, Tisha!

Bright air balloons

February Team Service

“On Friday, February 3rd, our team went to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Along with our AmeriCorps team, there were two other groups: Cisco and NC State international students. We participated in salvage. Salvage is food that cannot be sold at the grocery store. There are a variety of reasons why it cannot be sold in the grocery stores. One of the big reasons is due to the foods appearance. The food may have dents, or torn packaging due to it falling off the shelves or forklift in the warehouse. There are also in some cases where a store may have an overstock of a certain item and need to get rid of it because there is no more space within the warehouse. A couple of years ago, salvage food would have been thrown away. Thanks to the Food Bank, they are able to send their trucks to local grocery stores to pick up that food that now goes to feed the hungry.

With the help of Cisco and NC State students, we boxed 6,100 pounds of food and prepared 5,136 meals in an hour. Go Team!!”




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