Anne Arundel Women Giving Together, a women's giving circle, supports initiatives that improve the quality of life for women and families in our community.



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2015 Grants Showcase

The 2015 Annual Grants Showcase was held Wednesday evening, September 16, at Loews Annapolis Hotel.  Nearly 150 members and guests, including representatives of both our 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 grantee organizations, exuberantly attended the event.

Before the program began, everyone was able to visit with representatives of the nine current grantee organizations and the seven most recent grantee organizations.  While visiting with friends and meeting the grantees, members and guests enjoyed delicious appetizers provided by Loews. All of the grantees were eager to share information about their programs, outcomes, and successes.

After a very brief business meeting, AAWGT President, Maureen Cavaiola welcomed our grant recipients and expressed appreciation for the strong partnerships between the Giving Circle and community nonprofits that help improve the lives of families in our community.  Last year AAWGT awarded $93,715 in grants; $105,505 has been awarded for the current year.


Bess LangBein Receives AAWGT Award

Bess Langbein, Executive Director of CFAAC from 2007 until 2015, was awarded the second Laurie Sharp Running with Scissors Award at the Grants Showcase on September 16, 2015.  Bess has been involved with AAWGT almost since its inception. She worked with leadership and its members to help establish a professional and transparent grant process, helped educate our members on emerging and current community issues, and encouraged the Circle to serve in various ways to improve the community where we live. Bess was a colleague and friend of Laurie Sharp and so it is most appropriate that these two intrepid, strong, and caring individuals link their names together with this award.

The citation on the award read as follows:

AAWGT is forever grateful to Bess for advancing philanthropy in Anne Arundel County, making our community a better place for all, and supporting and expanding the work of AAWGT.

Photo:  From left, Bess Langbein, Maureen Cavaiola, President, AAWGT, and Sharon Stewart.

living on the ledge - The myths of poverty

We often hear or read in the media some statements about poverty that really are myths. On June 10, AAWGT sponsored a forum that brought together community leaders to address three myths head on, shedding light on the real nature of poverty in our community.

The first myth: “Anyone who seeks help gets all their needs met from the social service system and they don’t need anything else.”  Edith Harrison, Deputy Director of the Department of Social Services for Anne Arundel County, said, “Our agency exists because life happens. A lot of times people leave our offices angry. They’re in trouble but they have some resources that disqualify them for aid.”  Cathy Bird, Executive Director of Food Link, Inc., shared a list of “Ten Things You Can’t Buy With Food Stamps” including toilet paper, soap, diapers, laundry detergent, deodorant, and all paper products. She went on to say, “You would be amazed at the number of people who work and yet face eviction or another calamity because of some event.

Photo:  From left, Pamela Polgreen, Moderator, Rev Dr. Carletta Allen, Mario Berninzoni, Cathy Bird, Edith Harrison


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