Five Ways The Well Auxiliary Helps Healing Happen

The Well Auxiliary members Becky Hicks and Vickie Fisk with volunteer Jackie Hatton

This month The Well Auxiliary begins its fourth year of serving The Well Community. The Auxiliary was formed in 2016 as a means for volunteers to develop additional avenues to assist The Well Community and to find new ways to help members thrive. For the Auxiliary 2018 was a year filled with service, fundraising, planning and preparing for another year of blessing Well Community members through its efforts.

Made Holidays Merry

For those living with serious mental illnesses, holidays can be especially lonely times. But, at The Well, members have opportunities to celebrate with others who share their struggles, and these occasions are made more festive through the efforts of The Well Auxiliary. Last fall, the Auxiliary decorated for The Well’s Halloween and Thanksgiving dinners and provided goodie bags for each person who attended. They also assisted with the annual Christmas party, helping to decorate and serving dessert. These celebrations are often the favorite ways members commemorate holidays.

Raised Money for Christmas Gift Cards

Each year The Well collects funds to purchase Walmart gift cards that are presented to Well Community members at the Christmas party. For many, these cards are the only gifts they receive during the holidays. This year, The Well Auxiliary had a dedicated fund drive and raised over half the money needed for these cards.

Honored a Faithful Volunteer

In June, The Well Auxiliary honored Ann Tabony, a retired art teacher, for her dozen years of service through teaching art classes to Well Community members. The reception, planned and hosted by the Auxiliary, featured a showcase of members’ artwork, including the sale of several pieces, as well as words of appreciation by staff and members. Ann was also presented with a piece of handcrafted jewelry.

Held and Planned Events

Hosting fundraisers is one of the primary ways that The Well Auxiliary seeks to support those dealing with serious mental illnesses. In March the Auxiliary hosted a “Kendra Gives Back Party,” giving members of the community an opportunity to donate 20 percent of the proceeds from their purchases of jewelry, gifts and home décor at Kendra Scott to The Well.

In addition, the Auxiliary started planning its inaugural fundraising luncheon, WellSpring Celebration, which will be held in April 2019 at the Belo Mansion. Dallas Cowboys legend and hall of famer Charles Haley will be the keynote speaker. Renowned sportscaster and broadcast journalist Scott Murray will serve as the emcee. WellSpring Celebration promises to become a favorite annual event and a primary source of funding for The Well.

Served Meals and Hugs

In addition to assisting with holiday events, many Auxiliary members enjoyed serving some of the meals held each week at The Well. A group from the Auxiliary provided dinner during Thursday Night Life in both January and February and various members of the organization helped with additional meals throughout the year. These times of volunteering involved not only serving food but making friends with those who come to The Well, allowing Auxiliary members to get to know and understand them better.

The Well Auxiliary is always open to new members! Annual dues are just $50 for an individual and $75 for a couple, and membership provides numerous ways to get involved. Join now and help the Auxiliary come alongside individuals living with life-altering mental illnesses all year long. 

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