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July 2017

Growing Through Grief Summer Support Group

July 24 @ 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Amanda the Panda Offices, 1821 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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**Pre-Registration is REQUIRED** Support groups are held seasonally, four times per year, for six consecutive Monday evenings. Children (Kindergarten and above), teens, and adults are welcome to attend Amanda the Panda’s support groups. Each support group starts with supper, and everyone then divides into smaller peer groups based on age, where they do a variety of age-appropriate activities to facilitate discussion sharing. Childcare is available for children preschool-aged and below upon request. Our theme for summer support group will be…

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August 2017

Volunteer Facilitator Training

August 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Amanda the Panda Offices, 1821 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Those interested in volunteering as a Camp Counselor or Support Group Facilitator are required to complete this training. Teske Vance, Program Coordinator, will lead volunteers through a training that meets the following goals: Volunteers will be equipped to lead support groups of all ages. Volunteers will learn the dynamic of dealing with grieving individuals, children, and families. Volunteers will know the proper steps in dealing with crises that occur during services. Volunteers will gain a general understanding of grief camp…

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September 2017

Amanda’s House CLOSED

September 4
Amanda the Panda Offices, 1821 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Amanda's House will be closed today.

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Volunteer Facilitator Training – Part 1

September 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Amanda the Panda Offices, 1821 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Those interested in volunteering as a Camp Counselor or Support Group Facilitator are required to complete this training. This is part one of a two part training. The will be held on September 5 & 7 from 6-8:30p.m. Teske Vance, Program Coordinator, will lead volunteers through a training that meets the following goals: Volunteers will be equipped to lead support groups of all ages. Volunteers will learn the dynamic of dealing with grieving individuals, children, and families. Volunteers will know the proper…

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Volunteer Facilitator Training – Pt. 2

September 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Amanda the Panda Offices, 1821 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Those interested in volunteering as a Camp Counselor or Support Group Facilitator are required to complete this training. This is part two of a two part training. The will be held on September 5 & 7 from 6-8:30p.m. Our Program Coordinator, will lead volunteers through a training that meets the following goals: Volunteers will be equipped to lead support groups of all ages. Volunteers will learn the dynamic of dealing with grieving individuals, children, and families. Volunteers will know the proper steps…

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October 2017

Fall Camp Amanda the Panda

October 14 @ 9:00 am - October 15 @ 2:00 pm
Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center, 10896 Nixon St.
Indianola, 50125 United States
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At Camp Amanda the Panda, children (Kindergarten and above), teens and adults find a place of comfort and support as they connect with others who have experienced the death of a loved one. Together, with the companionship of trained volunteer camp counselors, campers gather to honor, remember, learn, and grow in their grief journey. Campers are grouped with peers their own age and enjoy an overnight at the scenic Camp Wesley Woods in Indianola, Iowa. Amanda the Panda camp counselors…

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Amanda’s House CLOSED

October 16
Amanda the Panda Offices, 1821 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Amanda's House will be closed today.

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November 2017

Amanda the Panda’s Birthday!

November 11
Amanda the Panda Offices, 1821 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Today is Amanda the Panda's birthday! Amanda the Panda was born in the heart of JoAnn Zimmerman in 1979. With no financial resources, the organization was supported by a dream – to be a caring presence in the community and to serve children. JoAnn formed Amanda Cares, Inc. and created Amanda the Panda in 1980. The primary focus for Amanda the Panda during the first seven years was to be a special friend to children living with cancer. She made…

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Amanda’s House CLOSED

November 23
Amanda the Panda Offices, 1821 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Amanda's House will be closed today.

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December 2017

Volunteer Facilitator Training

December 5 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Amanda the Panda Offices, 1821 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Those interested in volunteering as a Camp Counselor or Support Group Facilitator are required to complete this training. Teske Vance, Program Coordinator, will lead volunteers through a training that meets the following goals: Volunteers will be equipped to lead support groups of all ages. Volunteers will learn the dynamic of dealing with grieving individuals, children, and families. Volunteers will know the proper steps in dealing with crises that occur during services. Volunteers will gain a general understanding of grief camp…

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