Philanthropy Committee Announces Two 2016 Projects
Clothing Drive for HOPE Family Services
On Thursday, March 10, 2016, the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club kicked-off an ongoing clothing drive for HOPE Family Services. HOPE is one of the Women’s Club’s three longstanding adopted charities.
The LWRWC Philanthropy Committee decided that they wanted to provide extra assistance in the form of much needed in-kind donations, in addition to the club’s fundraising events throughout the year to help these charities with their most pressing needs.
Members brought the first installment of bags filled with gently used clothing to the March Meeting for the woman and children at HOPE. While the key focus is to provide casual career clothing for woman reentering the work force to start a new life, all types of clothing are appreciated since many women and children arrive at the shelter with only the clothes on their back.
This ongoing clothing drive for HOPE, spearheaded by LWRWC Philanthropy Committee member, MaryLee Danahy, is off to a terrific start and has been nicknamed “Labor of Love” by HOPE’s Executive Director, Laurel Lynch.
White Linens Gift to New Moms at SOLVE
Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club representatives Eileen Buzzard, Peggy Pontious and Monika Templeman delivered a multitude of bags and boxes filled with an assortment of high quality “white linens” valued at over $1200 to SOLVE Maternity Homes in Bradenton, Florida on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. SOLVE offers housing, mentorship and community for pregnant women of all ages in need and has been doing so for nearly 40 years!
The LWRWC Philanthropy Committee, spearheaded the generous white lines donation drive to assist SOLVE in acquiring the bedding and towels needed for their newest facility in Sarasota. The drive was a success and WC members generously donated a plethora of bags filled with a variety of white bed and bath items, including twin sheet sets, towels sets, blankets, mattress pads, pillows, and more to the Club’s General Meeting in March to provide comfy bedding and towels for new moms at SOLVE.
During their visit to SOLVE, the ladies met some of the remarkable staff, volunteers, and new moms. They were very impressed with the wonderful work being done by SOLVE’s Executive Director, Peggy Kerwin, and her dedicated staff who provide an excellent structured program (offered free of charge) and a nurturing “family” environment that is so conducive to relationship building and personal growth.
Susan Burgess, SOLVE’s Business Manager, and Maria Houston, SOLVE’s Client Services Manager, were delighted with the donations and expressed appreciation to the LWRWC for their loving gesture and for the many years of support to SOLVE.