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AWB Newsletter Feb 13 2007 Subject: AWB - Valentine's Day Message; Volunteer Inspirations
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February 14, 2007
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Greetings!

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 trainings@acuwithoutborders.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 info@acuwithoutborders.org.

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!
Austin

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!).

Pat Flood, Father Luke, and Jeya Aerenson
Left to Right - AWB Volunteers in New Orleans - Teresa Zeigler (IL), Jeya Aerenson (OR), Pat Flood (WA), and Graham Marks (NY)

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 might go.

Jeya Aerenson, L.Ac. (OR), AWB Volunteer



Jordan' s team at Camp Hope
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 Sachiko Nakano.

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.
Sincerely,
 
Diana Fried
Acupuncturists Without Borders

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