The Women's Giving Circle is excited to participate in the Her Mind Live event on March 5, 1:00-7:30 pm at Laurel Park!
A number of WGC Advisory Board members and donors will take part in the day and we will be providing information about the WGC at the event. And, WGC will be featured in the Her Mind Magazine, in the Helping Howard section!
As the Her Mind Live website states:
Her Mind Live is part networking, part personal & professional growth and part fun and will offer:
A donation will be made to Blossoms of Hope whose mission is to enhance the quality of life through beautification projects and support for cancer and other causes.
WGC is excited to participate again this year in the Visionary Women: Paving the Way Exhibit in partnership with the Columbia Art Center.
Visionary Women is an art exhibit hosted by the Columbia Art Center - by women, for women in recognition of National Women’s History Month from March 8 - 29, 2020.
WGC has two opportunities for our donors to enjoy this fantastic exhibit:
There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP here.
The WGC is proud to fund Journey again this year!
Journey Camp for Girls, or “Journey” is a week-long camp for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade girls in Howard County, MD that is run by Maryland Leadership Workshops and conceived of and funded by the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County.
The idea behind Journey is to bring girls, in their formative years together to learn about leadership, empowerment, and community. At Journey each student identifies her own leadership skills, strengths, and challenges in a supportive and fun environment that fosters self-esteem and confidence.
Journey 2020 will be held July 12-July 18 at Washington College:
A week at Journey includes:
Support for Journey provided by the Women’s Giving Circle, a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County.
Contact information for Maryland Leadership Workshops: 301-444-8623; email@example.com; mlw.org
** CANCELLED ** Sadly, we just got word that the Girl Power STEM event scheduled for this Sunday, 3/15 has been CANCELLED due to concerns about the Coronavirus/COVID-19. We were looking forward to this amazing event, and have already put 3/14/21 on the calendar for next year.
The WGC is proud to fund this amazing program again this year: JHU Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) hosts Girl Power, a STEM expo for middle and high school girls, with support from the Maryland Space Business Roundtable and the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County.
The event features hands-on activities, cool demonstrations, and take-home material for the girls to encourage an interest in STEM careers. Girls have the opportunity to talk to professional women in STEM careers such as aerospace, computer science, electrical engineering, geology, information technology, and space mission engineering.
There is no registration required. Girl Power 2020 is scheduled for March 15, 2020, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mark your calendars and help spread the word! More information will be available soon. Last year this event attracted over 700 elementary and middle school students for a crowd of 1,100+. We are honored to be a long-time sponsor of this wonderful #STEM event for girls! #womenshistorymonth #girlpower
Members of the WGC Advisory Board are are reading "Waking Up White" as we continue our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work.
The reading and discussion of this book is a first step in our overall DEI efforts, which is part of WGC's Impact 2024.
Impact 2024 is WGC’s five-year, $500,000 fundraising effort and focus on diversity, equity and inclusion for women in Howard County.
We are fundraising to build on our past and enhance our future by increasing our grantmaking to programs that benefit women and girls, as well as strengthening our infrastructure to grow the circle. And, we are enhancing our core values to better meet our mission by implementing a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to all of our work.
We will be enhancing our core values to better meet our mission by implementing a diversity, equity and inclusion lens throughout every aspect of the work WGC does under the leadership of WGC DEI Committee Co-Chairs Hina Naseem and Judy Smith.
This will be a meaningful and important journey for the WGC, and we look forward to many WGC donors joining us.
The YWGC is collecting and providing feminine products to county residents in need - for their inaugural year philanthropic project.
Did you know ...
This is a need, that is easily and often overlooked. Please help and bring some dignity back to our women and girls in this effort. Please donate feminine hygiene products today or give today - monetary donations collected will be used to purchase items.
At this time, YWGC will be collecting products at the following sites:
Howard County Businesses! Please let us know if you would be willing to serve as a collection site - thank you!
YWGC participants were honored to meet this week with mentor Nette Stokes, Founder of JustLiving Advocacy, Inc., who has also spearheaded collection efforts for years and who has just donated supplies to the YWGC. "The YWGC is doing great things and I am very proud of them" said Ms. Stokes.
Sponsored by the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, YWGC is comprised of girls in 7th - 12th grade who share the same passion: helping women and girls in need. Members of the YWGC raise money and make grants to nonprofit organizations in Howard County whose missions support women and girls.
“We are so proud of these young philanthropists who are committing themselves to learn more about the community and raising money to fund programs that are meaningful to them” said Barb Van Winkle, WGC Advisory Board Chair.
Please help spread the word! You can follow the Collection drive Instagram page @YWGCdrive, and spread the word to friends.
We look forward to the collective impact we will make together in Howard County, and specifically in the lives of hundreds of women and girls.
Contact YWGC Co-Chairs Lee Draminski and April Force Pardoe with any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County received the request below from our partners at FIRN to help with an immediate need in the community through our Emergency Response Network (ERN). They requested $800 to help a woman in need and in a very short period of time, our donors responded and funded the request in full - thank you!
Here's the request that we helped with:
This woman is a 34-year-old Howard County resident and a mother of three who has been working as a janitor for many years. In the past few months, she developed a hernia that made it impossible to lift or bend, forcing her to quit her job. The client has been told by doctors that surgical treatment is the only way to repair it. She is uninsured and cannot pay for treatment. She is late with her rent and was able to pay only $600 of the $1,400 she owes for December. Although she has another job prospect, she still needs $800 to pay the rest of this month’s rent.
We pooled your contributions and will send the funds directly to our partners at FIRN. We are making a bigger difference together than we might otherwise be able to alone – the reason for our giving circle!
If you have any questions about the WGC or our Emergency Response Network, please email email@example.com
Thank you for your support of women and girls in our community through the WGC’s Emergency Response Network (ERN).