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Caring Arms Will Support (CAWS), a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2008 by Cheryl Ann Wilson-Sprinkle to develop a system of care and support for adults 45 and older to lead independent and dignified lives for as long as possible. CAWS is based on a caring, supportive and team-driven approach that is committed to identifying services and meeting unmet needs. Through coordination, collaboration, volunteers and partnerships CAWS Inc. works to develop new services, enhance existing programs, and pursue funding resources that help to enhance or create new senior focused programs.


Our Mission:

CAWS is a senior service organization that strives to enhance the lives of senior citizens through the creation of programs and facilities that can assist people 45 years and older to be productive, active members of South Central Virginia.

Our Vision:

The long-term vision of Caring Arms Will Support is to provide a holistic one-stop senior center in South Central Virginia. Through coordination of services and collaboration with existing human service, governmental and businesses the senior will receive services that will meet the needs of the whole being.

1. Workforce Development: Seniors will be provided with employment and training skills services in order to help them prepare to re-enter or remain in the workforce. Seniors will be provided with on-the-job training, job shadowing, small business workshops, computer training, resume writing, application completion and interviewing training by qualified trainers who are adept with working with the seniors.

2. Activity Center: Seniors will be provided with a fully functional activity center. The center will boast of having a heated swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, activity room, yoga and Tai Chi classes, a reading room, audio visual room, nutritional cooking classes, crafts as well as games.

3. Respite Care: Seniors who are care-givers will be able to utilize the services at the center to rest, relax and take care of their well-being.

4. Transportation: Providing seniors with the autonomy and freedom that is often lost when they are no longer able to drive is the goal. By contracting with CAWS the senior will be able to receive consistent, clean and reliable chauffeured transportation services.

5. Adult Day-Care: Provide a place where seniors can participant in the activity center while receiving the assistance they need in a monitored environment.

Why support a CAWS? Building a strong support system for seniors is important to everyone, not just to those over a certain age. Aside from the fact that everyone might eventually need such services, the older population is a vital part of each community. They are the roots of our society. Their wisdom is valuable, their knowledge priceless.

Today, the need for senior services is greater than ever. Due to economic shifts, many will need to continue working in their later years. Some who have already retired are finding that they need to return to work just to make ends meet. Those who are living on fixed incomes are finding it harder and harder to afford even life’s smallest pleasures. Young families, under stress themselves, find it difficult to help.

The CAWS dream will bring vitality, hope and peace-of-mind to South Central Virginia families and a new dimension to community spirit through­out the area.

Cheryl Ann Wilson-Sprinkle, Chair & CEO

115 Saint Paul’s Drive
Lawrenceville, VA 23868
Office: (434) 294-8751
Fax: (434) 292-7373

Mailing Address:
Caring Arms Will Support
P.O. Box 686
Blackstone, VA 23824

Email: caws1inc@gmail.com

Tax deductible contributions may be sent to the above address or may be made online.

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Board Members

Cheryl Ann Wilson -Sprinkle, MPA, BA - CAWS Inc.

Betty Ann Boston, Rev., DD - Rehobeth Ministries

Courtney Petley, LCSW - Piedmont Geriatric Hospital

Heidi Perez - Southside Virginia Community College

In Memoriam
Jerry Ring
former board member


 
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What does the CAWS logo mean?

The logo was designed with the senior population in mind and the philosophy of CAWS Inc.

o The name CAWS has three key meanings:

· The name of the organization, Caring Arms Will Support
· A homonym of ‘cause’
· The initials of Founder, Chair and CEO, Cheryl Ann Wilson-Sprinkle

o The maple symbolizes strength, endurance, balance, promise, and practicality.

o The fall foliage symbolizes seniors in the autumn of their lives, who have changed, grown and are even more beautiful than they were in their green youth.

o The arms reaching upward symbolize hope, love and compassion that are there to catch, steady, or embrace the senior if and when the need should arise.

o When you look at the entire logo you will realize that it resembles a woman with her arms outstretched. She has strong shoulders and a strong neck to hold up the head that is full of ideas, dreams and the belief that seniors are a special population who can, have, and will continue to grow and learn while contributing to their community, homes and our country.






by Cheryl Ann Wilson-Sprinkle

Cheryl Ann Wilson-Sprinkle

We've had another successful season of our Secret Santa for Seniors Campaign. I must once again thank the wonderful anonymous donors who have taken it upon themselves to assist someone less fortunate. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

Over the years CAWS, Inc. has gone through several changes. Some of them have been strategic and happy while others have been by surprise and not such happy occurrences. All of them have been difficult and that is the crux of the matter, change is difficult.

This year I would also like to give accolades to the wonderful people who give of their time in order to make things like Secret Santa happen or to help civic organization or a struggling Not-for-Profit. These people are what we call volunteers and without them many good deeds would go undone and many small companies and organizations would not survive. So what do you do when change occurs and you have no way of stopping it from happening? Well, I have chosen to continue to move forward with the original mission and vision of the company. Our goal is to become South Central Virginia’s first holistic senior one-stop service center. We have met our three year goal and now, even with a forced change, we are poised to move towards our next five year goal.

Please take a moment to read this little ditty I found at a partner senior organization. The writer is unknown but I can almost guarantee that it was written by a volunteer.


Why Be a Volunteer:

It is not for the money
It is not for the fame
It is not for personal gain

It is just for the love of other human beings
It is just to give a helping hand

It is just to give a little of one’s self
That’s something you can’t buy with wealth

It is not for a medal worn with pride
It is for that feeling deep inside

It is that feeling that you have been a part
Of helping people near and far.

Thank you volunteers!

Cheryl Ann Wilson-Sprinkle

 
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