Thanks to all of our members and non-members alike for helping us collect over 300 ‘Nouie Bags’ filled with essential items for homeless women and young girls. We presented them to City Mission and Family Promise of Lorain.”
WWC Nordonia Chapter
Thank you to our Nordonia Chapter for collecting over 100 dresses for The Rockin’ Frocks – A non-profit organization that collects formal attire for young women to attend special occasions because every girl deserves her chance to shine.
Parma/Middleburg Hts Chapter supports Blankets of Hope
From January 7th until February 4th the chapter will be collecting fleece material to donate to the blanket making ladies of Blankets of Hope. Each blanket requires 1.5 yards of fleece material.
Blankets of Hope was founded by Helen Tagliaserro. The purpose of Blankets of Hope is to give blankets to people who are suffering in situations to bring warmth, comfort, and security so they can feel a sense of being cared for.When patients and/or their families are having a difficult time in the hospital (ie, maybe someone is dying, young people who are scared, people who are trying to cope with a tragedy, patients who are alone, etc.) Helen gives them a handmade blanket.
Helen began giving these blankets to second floor patients only at Medina General Hospital. After word spread how effective this act of kindness was emotionally, spiritually, and even physically, the blankets were made available for patients and families throughout the entire hospital.
One recipient of a blanket attested to what it meant to her to receive one:
“As someone who has experienced receiving this act of kindness, I can attest to how much the blankets meant to not only me but also my family. My grandmother was dying a quick and somewhat unexpected death. It was a horrifying experience. We weren’t ready to let her go. We sat by her bedside for the last days of her life. We were upset, exhausted, drained. Helen walked in with an arm full of blankets. She laid one on my dying grandmother and my exhausted grandfather. We all got a blanket and were so appreciative. It felt a little more like home that day in the hospital. The blankets were a present that we continue to treasure. They brought us a sense of security and warmth then and they serve as a remembrance now.”
The chapter wants to thank Helen Tagliaserro for such a wonderful sesrvice!
Parma/Middleburg Hts Chapter supports M.A.D.D. in “Walk like madd”
The Parma/Middleburg Hts Chapter of WWC will participate in “Walk like madd” on September 27th at Ely Square in Elyria, OH. Early Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and opening ceremonies begin at 10:00 a.m. They will have a WWC tent & would appreciate the support of other WWC members to come out and participate. If you want to join the walk, you can sign up at www.walklikemadd.org/cleveland
Parma/Middleburg Heights Chapter supports Rally4Recovery
We are supporting the Rally4Recovery on Sept 6, 2014. There is a 1 mile walk, and rally to raise awareness of recovery to substance abuse, eating disorders, codependency, and depression in our community. WWC will have a sponsor table at the event and would appreciate the support of our organization as a whole to come out and participate! This is a family event with games for kids, food, bands, and speakers. The walk kicks off at 11am and the rally runs 12-2:30 at Grace Church 7393 Pearl Rd Middleburg Heights.
Contact Maureen Hausler (216) 978-1602 for more information
Thank you to the Hudson Chapter for their donations to Children Services.
Thank you to all who contributed to our efforts to provide the Summit County Children Services with school supplies for their Back To School drive for Summit County’s foster kids. Your help is very much appreciated! Children Services Thank You Letter
Thank you to the Hudson chapter and Sarit Zamir for their philanthropy efforts!
Thank you to the Hudson chapter and Sarit Zamir, the chapter Philanthropist, for orchestrating the donation of over 60 bags and baskets of small toys and gifts for young school children and toddlers through Summit County Children Services. A special thanks to Hudson chapter member Ashley Woodford for rounding up the most toys through her amazing extended network and for driving the whole load to SCCS.
A big thanks to the Fairlawn chapter for their philanthropy efforts!
The Fairlawn Chapter’s philanthropy project for February was collecting lottery tickets and monetary donations to create a lottery collage for the Victim Assistance Program’s Annual Mardi Gras Gala event. The monies raised will go to benefit the Victim Assistance Program, which provides support, prevention and justice for victims of crime and tragedy, their families and communities throughout Summit County.
For more information on the Victim Assistance Program, please contact Missy Klein, Community Education Liaison/Victim Advocate at Victim Assistance Program. 330-376-0851. email@example.com.
WWC Hudson Chapter
The corporate office of WWC would like to extend a thank you to the Hudson chapter for their most recent philanthropy project. The Hudson chapter participated in the “Christmas Families for Summit Kids and Emergency Assistance Program.” They provided over 40 toys to their sponsored child for Christmas. Further, they provided over 20 items for the second family with a mom and 12-18 month old and over 20 items for the tween/teen program.
Way to go Hudson!!!!!
WWC Hudson Chapter in support of
Breast Oasis…reaching women across the globe.
The Hudson Chapter of WWC is collecting new or gently used bras in support of “Breast Oasis.” Breast Oasis was started to encourage women who are able to connect with and support women in need by donating new or gently used bras while also sharing their thoughts and words of encouragement. Each donated bra will have a unique and anonymous number provided by the donor that will allow each recipient to connect with their donor online through this website (www.breastoasis.com). Breast Oasis is the only group that provides this type of donation with a very personal way for donors and recipients to connect. They are an organization built around the idea that small, intimate donations can provide hope and comfort for thousands of women around the country.
Please drop off your donation at one of our chapter meetings at Hattie’s Café in Hudson beginning November 18th, then every other Friday at 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Hattie’s Café is located at 164 North Main Street, Hudson, OH
WWC Fairlawn Chapter
The philanthropy project for the Fairlawn Chapter of WWC for the month of October was accepting moentary donations for the creation of a basket for the March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction being held on Monday, October 24th at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.
Donations were accepted at the September 29th meeting and the basket was put together by Buckeye Baskets, a division of United Disability Services, another Akron area non-profit organization. The group presented the Italian Cooking Basket to Amy Kocka, Community Director with the March of Dimes at the chapter’s October 13th meeting.
If interested in tickets for the event, please contact Heather Taylor, Event Co-Chair at 330.347.9453 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The auction will be held at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St. on Monday, October 24th from 5:30-9:00 p.m.
WWC Elyria Chapter
Thank you to the Elyria Chapter for donating their time to the Neighborhood Alliance 2011 Christmas for Kids. The member of the chapter baked cookies, donated plates, napkins and cups and also assisted at the party. The helped pass out food, clean up, and helped the children with a craft. Santa even came! They had a wonderful time serving!”
Thanks to Elyria chapter for their support of a benefit dinner and Raffle to raise money for medical treatment for a woman diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called LMS. The Elyria chapter donated at $125 gift certificate from Silpada Jewelry.
WWC Fairlawn Chapter
The Fairlawn Chapter of WWC is seeking donations and sponsorships for our WWC-Fairlawn member, Susan Summerville for Project Ed Bear’s 17th Annual Gala on November 28th at the Quaker Station downtown Akron.
Project Ed Bear is a 501c3 non-profit, all-volunteer organization with a mission of meeting the needs of pediatric oncology patients in Ohio working closely with Akron Children’s Hospital and Akron Childrens Hospital of Mahoning Valley. Project Ed Bear provides a bear to each patient diagnosed with cancer at Akron Children’s Medical Center. With something of their own to cuddle and snuggle, patients also benefit from the organization by providing holiday parties, a party celebrating the end of chemotherapy,play station 3’s in each hospital room, stockings at Christmas, laptop computers , Camp Ed Bear (formally Camp C.H.O.P.S) and college scholarships.
For donations, please contact Leslianne Love, 330-289-7046 or email@example.com
WWC Chagrin Falls Chapter Partners with Dress for Success
The Chagrin Falls Chapter of Working Women Connection (WWC) partnered with Dress for Success to launch the first Professional Women’s Group presentation on Saturday July 9, 2011. Dress for Success was a natural and perfect fit based on WWC’s philosophy to Inspire, Motivate and Celebrate. WWC chapter members, Jennifer Cabic, Alisha Hussain, Susan Rahn, Debi Jenks, Diana Geremia and Linda Sadler were each assigned a table of women for a 15 minute rotation discussion based on their category of expertise. The WWC women were able to share their knowledge, experience, struggles and successes as entrepreneurs. This format worked perfectly and these women were able to have discussions on topics such as: Goal Setting, Listen to Your Heart, You Are Your Own Brand, Employee Development, Job Opportunities in the Legal Field and Differentiating Yourself in Business.
There was immediate positive feedback from the weekend by Lonnie Brown, Manager of Employment Retention Programs Dress for Success Cleveland: “I write to thank you on behalf of Dress for Success Cleveland. Your presentation on July 9th was truly inspirational. You provided our Professional Women’s Group members with honest answers to some of the business world’s most spellbinding questions. Your words of wisdom were well needed and greatly appreciated. It was wonderful to hear Working Women Connection’s philosophies on business and on life. More importantly, it was wonderful to hear that the driving force behind success is determined by one’s ability to follow their dreams. Thank you again for sharing your time, expertise, passion and advice with all of us at Dress for Success Cleveland. It was an experience none of us will forget. Thank you and we look forward to working further with you all!”
Chagrin Falls Chapter wants to challenge other chapters to speak to this amazing group of Women from Dress for Success. Contact Lonnie Brown at 216-391-2316 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Dress for Success Cleveland women also need interview clothing and business casual clothes for conducting business meetings. This is a great opportunity to check your closets and donate to the wonderful program! For Clothing Business Attire Donations, call the automated Clothing Donation Drop Office Request Line 216-391-2314.
WWC Medina Chapter Volunteers at Medina County Home
by Pam Miller
Sometimes fate puts a person in the right place at the right time right when they are most needed.
Sandra Jenkins happened to be that person the day she walked into the activity director’s office at the Medina County Home. This past fall, she was out promoting a nonprofit group that had recently started up in Medina called Working Women Connection. Her mission that day was to introduce the group to some local organizations and find some ways that WWC could become more active in the community.