Be the change you wish to see.
As we gathered in community on Tuesday night, there was both a palpable excitement (punctuated by silver and pink Mardi Gras beads!) and a grounding sense of gratitude–for our zen-like surroundings, the power of connecting in person and the impact of our collective gift.
After impassioned presentations by all three organizations, we were thrilled to award our $25,000 gift to RAHAB. RAHAB’s work to end human trafficking and serve its victims on every level is selfless and inspiring. The 900 square foot home that provides refuge for vulnerable women will benefit with the addition of a private meeting space made possible by our grant. We also awarded two $5,000 gifts to the night’s other presenting organizations, OHuddle Mentors and ProjectNICU, further propelling their missions.
Since our inception in 2019, because of the women in our ranks, nearly $200,000 has been provided for organizations that serve women and children in Northeast Ohio. Together, we have helped fund an apartment to keep homeless families together; renovated a bathroom to better serve women in recovery; provided stability to children in the foster care system; secured mental health programming to extraordinary students; opened an outreach center on the weekends; and supported families navigating the deep trauma of sexual abuse.
These projects represent only a portion of our impact. The true power of giving is how it multiplies, inspiring future generations of philanthropists, giving circles and our community (we’re so proud of 100 Girls Strong OHIO!). One of our previous grantees, Terri Heckman of the Rape Crisis Center, also joined Tuesday’s event to remind us that we are changing lives and should feel pride in the ripple effects of our gifts, which not only help locally, but often stimulate changes at the statewide level for essential programming.
Spring brings joy and hope, and we look forward to spreading more of these essential elements through our important work together. We are so proud of our collective impact and deeply grateful for your involvement. We are stronger together!
On the eve of World Gratitude Day, more than 100 members of our giving circle gathered for an evening of connection and generosity. As the sun set during the golden hour, it created the perfect setting for an event that drew us all into the spirit of truly listening and giving. Clearly, Mother Nature approved and held the rain back to create the quiet we needed to focus in on the passionate messages presented by our three organizations.
After a close vote, we awarded Saint Martin De Porres our $25,000 gift! The Cristo Rey High School in Cleveland prepares students with limited economic means for post-secondary success in education and work through a mutually transformative work-study experience. Our gift will go a long way to support their To and Through College Program, which ensures that alumni can continue to thrive with the resources and support of skilled advocates who help guide students through the challenges of post-secondary education and entry into the work world and beyond. We also awarded $5,000 gifts to our additional two presenting organizations Grace House Akron and First Glance. Thanks to your generosity we were able to gift a total of $35,000!
But we'd like to give more. Our goal for 2023 is to give a total of $50,000 at each Giving Event! We need your help. Please invite your friends to join 100 Women Strong OHIO. We are here to answer any questions they might have. Please host a social for friends who would like to find out more about our organization. We are here to help. Spread the word. Invite them to participate in tangible giving events. We really are stronger together!
We know you’ve read this before, but it bears repeating, because it’s so important that you know the true impact of your generosity. Since our inception in 2019, we have helped fund an apartment to keep homeless families together; renovated a bathroom to better serve women in recovery; provided stability to children in the foster care system; secured mental health programming to extraordinary students; opened an outreach center on the weekends; and supported families navigating the deep trauma of sexual abuse.
And sometimes it takes a little while for the fruits to develop. Brittney Bush, Development Director, RAHAB Ministries, the recipient of our $25,000 gift at the First Giving Event of 2022, provided updates about the many successes RAHAB has experienced in their efforts to end human trafficking and help victims emotionally, spiritually and physically since we last met. Brittney also informed us that our gift has enabled a beautiful sun porch to be built onto the organization’s safe home, providing the women with a bucolic, quiet place to connect with family, friends or to just be alone.
We would also like to thank our volunteers from 100 Girls Strong OHIO who volunteered precious time on a school night to help set up and take down the lovely decorations, feed our members and for their own volunteer efforts throughout the year. Their next giving event is at the end of October. Stay tuned! They make our corner of the world a better place.
The crisp fall air ushered in the end of our Giving Event season. The magnificent hues of autumn were reminders of the beauty in this world, in each person to whom we have touched somehow through our giving or our time, and to the people who tirelessly work every day to positively impact people who need them the most.