My friends and I get to work with so many cool nonprofits and philanthropic organizations, that I thought it would be worth sharing some of the important services and resources that are available in Seattle. If you’re interested in getting involved and volunteering, making a charitable contribution or even just learning about the landscape, my goal is to highlight how to do so through this category and [volunteer].
Last week I was invited to sit at my friend’s table for the Washington Women in Need luncheon event at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Seattle. I was excited about this for three reasons: 1) I hadn’t seen her in awhile and wanted to catch up, 2) I haven’t been a GUEST at a fundraiser in months – just an organizer, and 3) I wanted to learn more about the organization.
I realize that #3 makes me sound like a philanthro-nerd, but I have to share the email invitation that I received about the event:
As I’m sure I’ve shared with each of you, WWIN does amazing stuff, and I feel fortunate to be part of it. To date, we’ve awarded over 5,500 grants to low-income women from all across the state for help with education and health care. Our small grants–none greater than $5,000–enable women to attend school, go to much-needed doctor’s or dentist’s visits, access mental health counseling, and cover the costs of health insurance premiums and co-payments. In the last week alone, we’ve made 18 grants for physical, dental, vision, and hearing services, including to:- A homeless woman living in a Seattle shelter- Two recent refugees to the United States- A recently divorced mother of a young son, who was forced into bankruptcy this year- A 72-year-old woman raising her 10-year-old grandson, who said in her voicemail, “I apologize for my slurred speech – I don’t have any teeth left.”These women are seriously struggling! And they reach out to WWIN for help getting past their hurdles. I am really proud that WWIN can help them in a small way and would love the opportunity to tell you all more over lunch next week.Though the event is one of our annual fundraisers, I really just want you to join me for lunch (which is free :)). Come hear about WWIN’s work from some of our kickass grantees! They’re shining examples of the women we serve – women who are motivated to improve their lives, and just need a helping hand to do so. (We’ve all been there!!!)