Your Fall Preview!
We hope you have had a wonderful summer! With September fast approaching, we wanted to give you a sneak peek at AAWGT's Fall line-up. Mark your calendars and join us!
September 17th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM - AAWGT Monthly Meeting: Annual Grants Showcase - "Your Dollars at Work!" Come hear from 7 area non-profits about the great work they achieved through their 2013-2014 AAWGT grants -- and, hear from our 6 newly awarded 2014-2015 grantees about their upcoming plans for this year - all focused on positively impacting the lives of women and families in Anne Arundel County.
October 8th - 6:00 - 8:00 PM - AAWGT Monthly Meeting: Education Session Part II, Mental Health in Anne Arundel County. In this second of two Education sessions focused on mental health, we will continue to explore the issues, the available resources, and the needs in Anne Arundel County.
November 12th - 6:00 - 8:00 PM - AAWGT Monthly Meeting: Members Only. Calling all AAWGT members to be part of an engaging strategic discussion about what we do and who we are as an organization.
December New Members Reception - stay tuned for additional information.
And, finally, be sure to join (Members only, please) the AAWGT Book Group! Great group - engaging discussions! For dates and book titles, see Upcoming Events on this web page.
Mental Health Part 1 - the BIG Discussion
The complex subject of mental illness incorporates issues of health and society that touch many aspects of our lives -- AAWGT's June 11 education session addressed over 70 members and guests on diverse topics surrounding the mentally ill. Mike Drummond, Executive Director of Arundel Lodge, and Frank Sullivan, Former Executive Director of the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, were interviewed by Bess Langbein, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County and Bev Marcus, AAWGT member. The conversation covered definitions of mental illness as well as Anne Arundel County’s ability to house, transport, treat and provide supportive and preventative services to the growing numbers of mentally ill. Read More
AAWGT Awards Grants for 2014-15
On May 14, the AAWGT membership voted to award $93,715 to seven area nonprofit organizations in support of their programs that improve the lives of women and families in Anne Arundel County. This year, 28 members participated in a rigorous and deliberative review process conducted by the Grants Committee which produced a slate of qualified finalists on which the membership voted. The proposals reflected the broad range of women’s needs and service responses. Through their philanthropy, the members of AAWGT have contributed $600,000 since 2007 as an investment in their community.
The AAWGT grantees chosen by the membership for 2014-15 are:
For details of the awards
- Anne Arundel Mental Health Agency: Youth Suicide Awareness
- Center of Help: Homework Help and Leadership Program
- Food Link: Wholesale Charitable Produce Distribution
- The Light House: Family Case Management
- Partners in Care
- Planned Parenthood of Maryland: Clinical Services For Women in AA County
- YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County
, see 2014 Grantees
Member Field Trip to See Dollars At Work
AAWGT’s annual Spring Field Trip took place May 23 and featured a tour of the new Family Literacy Center at the Brooklyn Park Community Library (BPCL). “We are grateful to AAWGT for the funds awarded to the Brooklyn Park Community Library through your grant for our new Family Literacy Center,” said Anne Arundel Public Library Foundation Executive Director, Hampton “Skip” Auld. Read More>>
Spring Open House
Over 75 members and guests gathered at the Historic William Paca House and Gardens on April 9. The theme for the event was membership. President Karen Smith spoke to key aspects of membership. LEARNING : AAWGT has a commitment to knowledge and features education sessions 3 times throughout the year. These sessions highlight the issues in Anne Arundel County and make us better informed grant makers. GIVING : This includes not only the giving of dollars to local agencies, but also the giving of time and talent by the women who make up AAWGT. NETWORKING : Women of AAWGT have an opportunity to visit grantees, work on committees, and participate in a book club besides a host of other capable, fun women.
The Membership Committee, Heidi Busch, Chair and Paula Abernethy, Co-Chair then took the stage along with a panel of five members – Sharon Stewart (Founder of AAWGT), Barbara Hoffstein (Founding member), Jenny Kottler (Current Secretary and member since 2010), Lois Kelberman (Current Education Asst. Chair and member since 2012), and Sally Iadorola (New member). The panel was asked a series of questions regarding their involvement in the organization.
For a full write-up on the session, click here.