2018 Community Projects
Each year, our chapters select a non-profit organization to support, through some sort of community project. Some of our chapters volunteer together at an event, some hold donation drives, and others find different creative way to give back. Regardless of the project they take on, all of our chapters take supporting their communities seriously and we are very proud of the contributions that our organization makes to local non-profits.
Chapter 111 in San Jose supported Cancer CAREPoint for their community outreach project. Cancer CarePoint provides personalized counseling, assistance, resources and education to cancer patients, survivors and their families. Chapter 111 donated and assembled "Chemo Care Bags" as a small piece of comfort to those undergoing chemotherapy.
Chapter 113 in San Jose gathered and donated toiletries to Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence located in San Jose. Next Door provides shelter and support for women (and their children) who are fleeing domestic violence. Next Door establishes housing and advocacy services free of charge to assist women in their transition. We hope our toiletry donations will help while they are reestablishing their lives.
Chapter 114 in Los Gatos supported two organizations this year!
In June, they helped out Dress for Success San Jose. They gathered a variety of businesses attire, including sweaters, jackets, suits, blouses, skirts, dresses, handbags, and costume jewelry pieces.
In November, they participated in a poinsettia drive for Soroptimist International. Proceeds go to their grant program enabling scholarships for students who are head of household, are going to school, and have a child at home. Their participation resulted in 40 poinsettias purchased totaling $330.00!
Chapter 122 in Los Altos held a food drive to support Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills. They are the community's safety net, providing critical support services that preserve and promote stability, self-reliance, and dignity. We collected 32 pounds of non-perishable food items to help stock their food pantry, as food donations are down 6% and their client count is up 14%!
For the third year in a row, Chapter 126 in San Jose supported the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, by helping to staff their annual Wingin' it at the Winery fundraiser. WCSV rehabilitates over 5000 animals a year, and this event--the only one they do--is critical to their operating budget. This year, WCSV raised $40,983.90, a record number--more than double from 2017. Chapter 126, along with a few members from other chapters, provided support by conducting setup and clean up for the dinner and auction, serving food, and delivering the auction winners' items. Once again, our group was wowed by the live owl release! WCSV's tiny staff has said they are beyond grateful for WNA's help and support, and just couldn't do this event without our team.
Chapter 140 in Saratoga chose to support the Heritage Home in San Jose as a way to give back to the community. We collected toiletries and baby supplies for the women living in the home with their newborns. The Heritage Home was created to help pregnant women overcome homelessness, addiction, and other hardships while becoming loving mothers to their newborn babies.
And the organization as a whole supported two wonderful community organizations through our events this year.
At our 10th Annual BRAVO Awards in February, our members supported Dress for Success San Jose, who's mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. This is obviously a cause very near and dear to our hearts. DFS is always looking for clothing that would be appropriate to wear to a job interview, so our members rallied to the cause and donated many large bags' worth of interview appropriate clothing, including accessories like shoes, scarves, and handbags, as well as close to $200 in cash through raffle ticket sales.
In September, we hosted our 11th Annual Fall Mixer and Small Business Summit where we collected donations for the YWCA Silicon Valley. They are dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We collected items for their Survivor Care Kits, including toiletries, journals, clothing, snacks, and handwritten notes of encouragement. All in all, we collected many boxes full of supplies, as well as over $300 in cash.
We're looking forward to see the impact that the Women's Networking Alliance makes in 2019!