Five local women with a passion for serving others and who can relate to many of life's triumphs – cancer, poverty, hunger and abuse – have coordinated a new organization designed to help women in need.
"I've had this vision for several years and it just seems like other things would take its place and it'd get put on the back burner," said Doolin.
But now that all local resource centers for women have vanished, the efforts of the Girls In Action group are needed now more than ever.
"The women of the community have nowhere to go for information," said Doolin. "I just have a heart for women. We need to become more of a community."
In addition to Doolin, the organization is compromised of gifted volunteers Elizabeth Apps, Sandy Adams and two anonymous volunteers who share the same goal and desire to help fellow women.
The quintet will offer assistance with homesteading – enhancing cooking and baking capabilities, teach those how to manage and balance a checking account and their bills, and how to be more self-sufficient. They will also extend counseling services and provide a broad range of information.
"If we can't provide what they need, then we will do our best to get the information for them," said Doolin, who is certified in domestic violence, trafficking and approaching people who have been exposed to those circumstances.
Doolin said the organization is excited to meet members of the surrounding communities. They also hope to form friendships and have fun as a group during "Ladies Nights" full of laughter, fellowship and different activities.
"It's for women, both young and old," said Doolin. "Sometimes there are women who don't have anybody to talk to, no matter what their age is."
In the midst of social media, Girls In Action hopes to be a safehaven and place where women can have one-on-one time and more face-to-face interaction.
"You can't let a community just go and connections die out," said Doolin. "That's when people wonder, 'Do I matter? Does anyone care?'"
Girls In Action will host an Open Air Boutique on Wednesday, July 10, to introduce themselves and their mission, share their testimonies and enjoy an evening of shopping. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will be held at the Madison Park Pavilion (next to Madison School) on North Montgomery Street in Litchfield.
Shoppers may choose from a selection of clothes, gently worn shoes, jewelry, belts, home decor and more. In addition to the boutique, drawings will be held, as well as gift basket and certificate giveaways. Snacks and ice water will be provided. The group will be passing out packets on how to properly install a child's car seat and other helpful information.
Upon arriving to the event, women will register with contact information, not only for the drawing, but to give them an opportunity to share their needs on the backside of the registration card. Those who would rather talk to one of the Girls in Action committee members during the event, may pull them aside.
Those interested in donating items may contact Doolin at 217-971-6757 or monetary donations can be made at TCCU in Litchfield.
The group looks forward to hosting events twice a month, during daytime and evening time hours, to accomodate all women. They are currently seeking a building to hold events and serve as a permanent location, and will be hosting various fundraisers in the near future.
For more information about Girls In Action or to reserve a spot at the Open Air Boutique, contact Doolin.