Sun Senior News Article
By Sandi Dolbee
Stand Up Placer. The Sacramento Women’s Chorus. Sierra College. Placer County’s PFLAG chapter. These are only some of the groups that have benefitted from the efforts of Marie Salers and the charity outreach committee that she leads on behalf of Lavender Friends.
Lavender Friends is a club that serves the LGBT community in Lincoln Hills. The outreach charity committee is called Lavender Hearts and Marie has been its chair for the past six years.
Lavender Hearts' leader Marie Salers.
“Our committee’s chosen charity is Stand Up Placer, which supports domestic violence victims, abused children and victims of sex trafficking in Placer County,” says Marie, who is herself a retired nursing supervisor at UCD Medical Center. She organizes meals for the Stand Up Placer’s “safe house” and collects clothing for its thrift shop. In addition, Lavender Hearts helps the women in the program have nice clothing and toiletries, “so they can attend court dates and appear at job interviews looking their best,” Marie explains.
Last year, Lavender Hearts also held a fund-raiser for an LGBT program at Sierra College and donated baskets for a Sacramento Women’s Chorus benefit. Members also assist in judging Placer County PFLAG’s scholarship program for high school students.
“Later this year, I will be organizing a group from our club to assist the Salt Mine in distributing food to the needy in Lincoln,” says Marie.
By the way, Marie is a Placer County Master Gardener, which means that when she’s not busy with Lavender Hearts, she teaches research-based gardening information to the public.
While primarily a social group, Lavender Friends’ mission statement makes it clear that “equally important is our goal of supporting one another and offering service to our community.” You can learn about the club’s events and programs at www.lavenderfriends.com.
Marie sums up her motivation this way: “I believe what we do for each other we receive back tenfold.”