Patti Jo Patton, 1952 - 2021
Port Aransas (TX) Sister-Corps #1, November 2017
Marianna (FL), Sister-Corps, 2019
Our volunteers from all across the U.S. and Canada are brought together by the common bond of the love of the great outdoors through our sisterhood in Sisters on the Fly. In Sister-Corps, we are further mobilized to action from our mutual drive to “serve others”.
The fabric of our body of volunteers is woven from life experiences, different career and professional paths, the spread of our ages (30s to 80+), a continent of diverse geography, and our cultural differences that are woven to create a lovely “Damask”. Just as in the fabric, Damask, our “pattern” is woven into the fabric, instead of printed on it. The design that is readily seen by the eye is actually woven using a lovely satin weave, and the background is achieved through a plain, twill weave. We are like the fabric’s design: an appearance that is backed by dedicated, hard workers.
On a recent disaster relief project, when a team of 6 women turned an elderly man’s home of 45 years, BACK into a place where he could live, he declared through tears of disbelief, “Who are these women? Who are these angels that didn’t know me, but who came in for four days and gave me back a home I can live in?”
These volunteers are scores and scores of women from across the country that participate in our national blood drive giving some relief to the blood banks in desperate shortage. These are the women that fill backpacks and duffle bags with basic necessities for hundreds of women who flee abusive domestic situations and seek refuge in a women’s shelter with little more than the clothes on their backs (Luggage of Love). These volunteers who love the outdoors, engage in a river or beach or state park cleanup in order to be good stewards of our environment. This mosaic of women call upon their time and resources, to travel to an area devastated by disaster and camp in their rvs so they can give several days of manual labor to removing debris, or removing damaged drywall and insulation, who hang new drywall or install new flooring, in order to assist one family at a time to be able to go back home.
Who are we? We are Sister-Corps. The dash is important. The dash “makes the difference”. The dash in Sister and Corps is what takes place between the singular “Sister” and the group “Corps”. The dash is what we do. The dash makes a difference and so do we.
We have a place for every age and physical ability to help before or during the relief project, from clerical, light debris removal, interior painting, or even chainsawing and more!
Janet Koval, 1959 - 2018
Kansas City, MO
Gloved Hands Team Member
Port Aransas (TX) Sister-Corps #1
Dr. Julie Murphy, 1944 - 2021
Gloved Hands Team Member, Counselor, member of Advisory Panel
Marianna (FL) Sister-Corps