Susan Chandler, Petals with a Purpose
Think Green: if you want to help people and save the planet, then Petals with a Purpose is for you! Each week, volunteers, people with a social conscious, and individuals with and without intellectual disabilities create natural gifts of beauty using recycled items destined for the landfill like soup cans and glass bottles. These recycles are transformed into flower vases, filled with fresh donated flowers, and then are delivered to places in the community as “Acts of Random Compassion.” About fifty vases are delivered weekly to local hospice patients, Meals on Wheels recipients, local charity events like the Special Olympics as well as neighborhood senior centers.
Petals with a Purpose was started by Susan Chandler, a Volunteer and Social Program coordinator at The Arc of the Triangle, who believes that everyone should wake up with a purpose each day. The Arc advocates for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Petals with a Purpose was created with this in mind. Using only volunteers who lead and participate in the group, everyone in the community gets involved regardless of their level of independence making friendships—making a difference, changing the world one petal at a time.