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Amanda Ivarra is a graduate of Texas A&M University. After graduating with a degree in Health, she moved to Austin and started working for a national non-profit organization. She spent 5 years coordinating community events and programs. After leaving the organization, she started to focus on her creative pursuits. Currently, she is working on developing her own jewelry line. Writing has always been a hobby for Amanda. For most of her life, she’s kept journals. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to take her writing public and began blogging and guest blogging. The one thing this girl can’t live without is music. Not really one to sing or play an instrument, she just loves music. Perhaps, it’s the songwriting that she admires so much or a good beat that she can dance to. Whether she’s attending a concert with friends, hanging out with the guys watching sports, volunteering in the community, hiking or visiting the newest places in town, Amanda lives to enjoy life. But, nothing brings more joy to her than being able to make someone smile or laugh!

I Can Make It Foundation: Promoting Health & Wellness Through Creativity

Photo Credit: I Can Make It Foundation

Walk the halls of Dell Children’s Medical Center on a Sunday afternoon just before 2 p.m., and you’ll notice the young patients sneaking by the Conference Room. It’s obvious they’re up to something. So, what is it? They’re waiting for the I Can Make It Foundation’s jewelry-making class to start, an opportunity for them to foster their creativity and create a wearable necklace, bracelet and earrings.

What began in August 2009 with one volunteer teaching a couple of children how to make jewelry has developed into a 501(c)3 public charity with in room patient visits during the week and two monthly classroom style programs.

The I Can Make It Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides jewelry-making and scrap booking classes and events to patients and their families.  Through the I Can Bead It! program, patients and their families have the chance to create quality, wearable jewelry.  Through the I Can Picture It! program, children and adults are given the opportunity to create seasonal, holiday, birthday or other special event cards and keepsakes.  Both programs offer the children and their families a chance to learn a new craft that brings a sense of self-satisfaction and empowerment during a time in their lives when they feel powerless.

As the I Can Make It Foundation continues to gain popularity at Dell Children’s Medical Center and considers expanding its services to other local hospitals, it begins to experience growing pains as well.  How can you help?  Consider volunteering or making a donation.  The Foundation can always use more volunteers to assist in teaching classes, helping out with events or projects or handling administrative and clerical tasks. In addition to volunteers, the organization relies completely on in-kind and cash contributions.  Beading and scrap booking supplies, tools and materials are always needed, and cash donations can be made via the organization’s web site.

Photo Credit: I Can Make It Foundation

The mission of the I Can Make It Foundation is to promote health and wellness to those in need by providing a creative, fun environment while learning a new craft, such as jewelry-making and scrap booking.

I Can Make It Foundation, Inc.
1538 Arusha Street
Round Rock, TX 78664
Ph. 512-852-1054

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