By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, WGC Executive Director
The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County is building a community of philanthropists and creating a permanent legacy to address the needs of women and girls in Howard County.
One of our stated goals is to increase the life skills of women and girls, which we are focused on through our grantmaking. We are are also working to meet this goal by hosting an HCPSS Student Intern this year, recognizing that internships can provide a real-world learning experience that can help increase the life skills of young women, open doors, and shape future paths in college and beyond.
We recently welcomed our new Student Intern, Adora Brown to the WGC. Adora is a senior at Mt. Hebron High School, and already has a good deal of marketing, communications, and media experience as the Editor-in-Chief of the Mt. Hebron High School Newspaper, and through volunteer work as the PR Manager for the Delta Scholars, and other activities.
One thing Adora is supporting this year is our WGC (S)heroes Among Us Virtual Mosaic Wall, where we are highlighting women across Howard County before, during and after our March 8, 2021 Annual Celebration that focused on “Democratizing and Diversifying Philanthropy Through the Power of Collective Giving”. We are excited to highlight (S)heroes across Howard County who make a difference in so many ways, every single day, and invite women in our community to nominate (S)heroes in the coming weeks and months. In fact, take a look at Adora's #WGCShero Snapshot here!
We are thrilled to have Adora supporting the WGC's Membership and Events Committee, and invited her to share some thoughts about interning with the WGC:
1. We are so excited you are working with the WGC this year! Why did you want to take time during your senior year to intern with the WGC?
"I wanted to pursue something out of my comfort zone for my last year of high school. I knew that the Women's Giving Circle would allow me to continue my passions, but in a new and more localized format. I have always hoped to create change in my community, and WGC allows me to do just that!"
2. Now that you've joined our Membership & Events Committee, what are you working on that interests you?
"I have been helping out with finding sponsors for this years' virtual event. It is truly a learning experience for me, and I am very excited to be challenging myself. I am also working on a socially distanced pick-up event for members who purchase gift bags. Hopefully, we can get a lot of passionate student volunteers to assist in this endeavor."
3. What is the most interesting thing you've learned so far about women's philanthropy and giving to programs that benefit women and girls? What would you like us to know?
"It has been really interesting to learn about the process of putting together an event. Finding sponsors, getting donations, spreading the word, and putting together the individual facets of the event are just a few of the necessary steps. It has been so inspiring to bring the final event to fruition while truly making a difference for women and girls in Howard County. The Women's Giving Circle does so much to help the Howard County community, and I am so grateful to be a part of it."
Thank you for experience, ideas, and hard work Adora ... welcome!