How to help the local family cover mum’s funeral costs

Donna Pulliam Memorial Service

Crowdfunding campaign to cover burial costs

WHAT IS HAPPENING? “Last week my mother Donna Pulliam passed away. She was home with her family and passed away peacefully after a very difficult month in hospital,” said Amber-Rose Reed, Argus-Courier film critic and head of from the Copperfield Bookshop, over the weekend. “I and other family members have cared for her for the past 10 years after a brain injury left her cognitively and physically very impaired. Although her health has been highly variable since then and though things have been very difficult at times, I cherish the time we spent together and she was able to keep me smiling until the very end. I believe the reverse was also true.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help Pulliam’s family with uninsured burial costs. Of Pulliam, the campaign page says: “She loved to paint and write poetry. She leaves her beautiful art to her loved ones so that they can enjoy it beyond her death.

WHO IS HE HELPING? The Donna Pulliam Memorial Service Fund will help Amber-Rose Reed and her family pay for Pulliam’s burial and funeral services. So far, the campaign has raised just over $5,000 towards its goal of $10,000.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? Visit the Donna Pulliam Memorial Service’s fun GoFundMe page for more information or to donate: (search for Donna Pulliam).

The village network needs volunteers

Help wanted for newsletters, program planning and more

WHAT IS HAPPENING? Volunteers are needed by the Village Network of Petaluma to help with newsletter preparation, event and party planning, and to do practical things like changing light bulbs, hanging pictures for aging adult members. A presentation of the volunteers is scheduled for Wednesday, February 9 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHO IS HE HELPING? The Village Network in a non-profit organization run by working adults 50+, operating in the Petaluma and Penngrove area. The network is part of a national movement harnessing the wisdom of today’s seniors to revolutionize the experience of aging. To learn more, visit

WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? To attend, go to the Village Network website and register on the Events page.

Do Valentine’s Day for Petaluma Seniors

Help wanted for newsletters, program planning and more

WHAT IS HAPPENING? 12 years ago, the Petaluma People Services Center began inviting the community to create original, handmade Valentine’s Days to deliver to local seniors. Now the program has expanded, delivering a valentine each year to every Petaluma senior they could find. Last year, the PPSC delivered over 5,500 cards. This year they will do it again. All you need are valentines, and that’s where you come in. By Monday, February 7, create as many cheerful, brightly colored, handmade valentine cards as you can and mail or deliver them to Petaluma People Services offices at 1500 Petaluma Blvd. South. Create the card using crayons, paint, markers, collage or whatever you can think of, include a cute message, then make another one. 5,500 cards is a pretty big number.

WHO IS HE HELPING? The Petaluma People’s Service Center Valentine’s Day Card Distribution will provide a handmade card to every senior in Petaluma, many of whom are at increased risk and have sheltered in their homes during the pandemic. A Valentine’s Day might be just the thing to brighten their day.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? For more information or to ask questions, visit or call 765-8488.

Community shredding event

Money raised will help St. Vincent High School’s Grad Project

WHAT IS HAPPENING? Got a bunch of papers you’d like to shred but don’t have access to a shredder? On Saturday, January 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at St. Vincent de Paul High School, a drive-through shredding event will be held. Just drive up, donate, and turn in up to five bags full of shreddable paper items. A very big machine will take care of the rest.

WHO IS HE HELPING? All donations will benefit Safe and Sober Grad Night for SVHS 2022 Seniors.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? St. Vincent de Paul High School is located at 849 Keokuk Street. Enter Keokuk Street, donate and hand out up to five bags of shredded paper goods.

Do you know of an upcoming benefit event or fundraiser? Please send information about the needs of local groups and non-profit organizations. Any special requests or online donation campaigns can be posted in this column. Send all Where and Why (What’s going on? Who is it helping? What else should we know?) to Community Editor David Templeton at .