Cleveland—On Saturday, May 2, the American Mutual Life Association (AMLA) assembled volunteers at two landmarks of the Slovenian community in Cleveland: The Slovene Home Skilled Nursing Facility and the Slovenian Garden at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park.
The volunteers set-out to lend a helping hand as part of the program known to fraternal organizations across the country as “Join Hands Day.” This program was initiated by the American Fraternal Alliance, of which the AMLA is a member. The goal is to give back to the community through volunteerism—something AMLA Members often do anyway. This event happens this time each year, and interest in participation continues to grow.
One group of AMLA Volunteers, led by AMLA Staff Member, Carol Pozelnik, worked at the Slovene Home Skilled Nursing Facility. The volunteers weeded flower beds, pruned trees, and planted new flowers so that the residents of the facility could enjoy the outdoors in either of the enclosed courtyards on the premises. Special thanks to Jeff Sas, SHSNF Administrator, who made it possible for the AMLA team to work there.
Another contingent of AMLA Volunteers, led by AMLA Fraternal Affairs Chair, Lisa Kane, set up at the Slovenian Garden at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. These volunteers also worked to beautify the landscaping by weeding and pruning. They were assisted by Pirc Landscaping, a Slovenian-owned business, which donated 5 yards of premium mulch and delivered to the garden for the volunteers to spread. The mulch was spread throughout the flower beds, and gave the garden’s main patio a very finished look. Special thanks to Phil Hrvatin, AMLA Lodge 20, who acted as our point of contact to arrange this event at the Slovenian Garden.
The AMLA is a community based organization that strives to help its members and the surrounding community thrive. Membership in the AMLA is simultaneous with the purchase of an AMLA Life Insurance policy, and life insurance is something everyone should have anyway. While volunteering isn’t a requirement of membership, AMLA Members generally share the understanding that the good you share with others, may in turn be shared with you. If you are interested in becoming a member, visit the AMLA web site: www.AmericanMutual.org, or call the AMLA Home Office at 216.531.1900 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.
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