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 Grantees



May 13 was the day:  The day our membership voted to provide $105,505 in funding to nine programs that will impact the lives of families, women and young people in our county:
  • Anne Arundel Community Action Agency: Green Summer Works ($10,000)
  • Anne Arundel County Food Bank: Back Pack Buddies ($10,000)
  • Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency: Youth Suicide Awareness Action Team ($15,000)
  • Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation: Creating a Family Literacy Center ($15,000)
  • Center of Help: Homework Help & Leadership Development ($6,000)
  • Food Link: Emergency Baby Pantries ($15,000)
  • He Opens Paths to Everyone (HOPE for All): Transitioning Homeless Families ($4,505)
  • The Light House: Family Assistance Program ($15,000)
  • Rebuilding Together: Women Homeowner Renovations ($15,000)

Photo: Green Summer Works Class of 2015

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Running with Scissors Award


In honor of Laurie Sharp, AAWGT’s 2013 President and member from 2007 – 2014, the Laurie Sharp Running with Scissors Award was presented for the first time at the May 13, 2015, meeting.

Laurie saw no barriers to success; she always had an idea and a plan. Bronwyn Belling, Judy Coughlin, Barbara Haight, Sandy Sweeney had a vision to greatly improve our grant program.

After months of research and a successful quest for start up funding, they successfully launched our brand-new online grant process.

Like Laurie, they saw no barriers, executed a plan and delivered!

Photo:  From left, Sandy Sweeney, Bronwyn Belling, Barbara Haight, Judy Coughlin


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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