Meeting 1: February 4, 2016
Twenty-five wonderful women came to our inaugural meeting in Gainesville. They voted to make our first contribution to the non-profit Rise Up Prince William, with the specific cause of contributing to the redesign of a local veteran’s home to make it wheelchair accessible. When all the checks were in, our chapter contributed $3,400 to this worthy cause!
Meeting 2: May 11, 2016
At our second meeting, we selected Haymarket Regional Food Pantry as our donation recipient. The HRFP, founded in 2004, is feeding over 600 families each month. When all the checks were in, we donated $4,300 to this wonderful organization, and helped HRFP in their mission of H.O.P.E – Helping Other People Eat.
etingMeet 2: May 11, 2016
Meeting 3: August 9, 2016
Our chapter selected Backpack Buddies to receive our third quarter donation. Backpack Buddies is a program offered out of Victory Elementary School in Bristow, VA, which supplies students in need with backpacks filled with non-perishable food items to eat over the weekend when school lunches aren’t available. Our chapter’s donation of $4,800 will provide these students with food for three months!
Meeting 4: November 10, 2016
Our members decided to support the Prince William County Animal Shelter / PW SPCA. We donated $5,100 to their microchip program which tags each animal that passes through the shelter. This contribution brought our 2016 donation total to $17,600!
Meeting 5: February 9, 2017
Our chapter marked its one-year birthday with our first-quarter meeting of 2017! Our members voted to support Mission Sleep, a local non-profit that provides overnight newborn care to military and first responder families whose babies are born when a partner is deployed, wounded or deceased. We were thrilled to raise $5,500 to support this amazing cause!
Meeting 6: May 9, 2017
We raised $5,200 for the Sweet Julia Grace Foundation, a local charity with a simple mission: To fill in the gaps, grant wishes, and meet the non-medical needs of children that are seriously ill, have special needs, or are in the midst of a medical crisis. The Sweet Julia Grace Foundation (SJGF), based out of Bristow, VA (in Northern Virginia), is a non-profit, all volunteer organization which honors Julia Grace Knight, who only lived 12 beautiful years because of a rare genetic disease called I-cell. SJGF was formed by Julia’s parents, who wanted to bless other children in need. Our members were thrilled to support this amazing cause!
Meeting 7: August 8, 2017
Our chapter voted to support I Can Shine, an organization that sponsors camps for special needs children where they learn to ride a bicycle. We raised $6,100 for a camp slated to be held at Colgan Sr. High School in Prince William County this spring, covering the majority of the costs. This donation brought our total chapter giving to $34,400!
Meeting 8: November 13, 2017
We finished 2017 with a $6,300 donation to the Georgetown South Community Center, and helped bring Christmas to some of the 300 underprivileged children who live in this rebounding Manassas townhome community. While most of our monetary donation was dedicated toward providing warm winter clothing to the children, many members of our chapter went the extra mile and “adopted” children, providing toys and other gifts for their parents to put under the Christmas tree.