Several WHO ladies formed two-person teams to conduct the first-ever shop-a-thon competition to replenish our supply of starter kits for the Father Ed Judy House.
Natalie Miller, Erica Hynek, Billie Adams and Kim Bontrager gathered at a local Wal-Mart on a Saturday morning to see which team could make it through to checkout with all the items that go into the WHO starter kits (and there are a lot of items!). Team Kim and Billie won the competition, with supplies for two kits purchased in an amazing 17 minutes and at the lowest price!
Dana Larson, chairwoman for the Father Ed Judy House, sends out a million thanks to our shop-a-thoners. Everyone enjoyed the time and competition, especially the outcome: Two starter kits were delivered to FEJH and two are in back stock!
At the WHO-VOA annual meeting in May, we were delighted to honor Dianna Kunz with our 2013 WHO Hero Award!
Dianna is the president and CEO of Volunteers of America in Colorado. When Women Helping Others was just a couple years old and looking to grow from its start as a giving circle, Dianna took our fledgling organization under her wing. As Dianna told Deb Meogrossi at the time, she agreed to adopt WHO for the opportunity to see a grassroots giving circle like ours evolve. The rest is history. We created our bylaws and became a real 501(c)3 under the umbrella of Volunteers of America as of July 1, 2009.
Since then, Dianna, Tanesha Bell and the other folks at VOA have been so generous with their support, their time and their guidance. Without Dianna, WHO wouldn’t be where we are, nor would we be able to grow to where we want to be. In gratitude for the precious opportunity she granted to us, we have awarded Dianna Kunz as our 2013 WHO Hero. Thank you so much, Dianna!
The WHO-VOA board of directors established the Shelly DeWit Scholarship Fund, in honor of a great WHO lady who we lost last year. And through our affiliation with Volunteers of America, we awarded the first Shelly DeWit Scholarship of just under $600 to a young woman to help her be able to take the Phlebotomy course taught at Emily Griffith’s Technical School. Just another way WHO Cares!
Here's a wonderful story about how Women Helping Others (WHO-VOA) has helped a family in need.
Suzette Miller, the processing manager at Cherry Creek Mortgage, brought the family's plight to our attention. A single mom and her nine children have been struggling to make ends meet. The oldest boy, Joey, needed to get his driver’s permit so that he could help with the family driving. But the family couldn’t afford the tuition to training school.
Upon hearing about the challenge, the WHO-VOA Executive Board met to see what we could do. Our WHO-VOA mission is to “serve the needs of disadvantaged women and children along the front range of Colorado, seeking opportunities to make a significant and sustainable impact in the improvement and enhancement of others’ lives through our personal and financial involvement.” And this situation certainly fit that mission! So WHO-VOA paid for Joey’s tuition to Master Drive.
WHO-VOA raised over $11,000 as a result of being the CMLA holiday philanthropy for the fourth year!
Holiday cheer was spread at Father Ed Judy House, where WHO-VOA helped sponsor a successful party for more than 200 people. WHO-VOA provided a photographer, so each family got a special remembrance photo. We also gave 25 $25 Target/WalMart gift cards to the moms to do some Christmas gift shopping for their kids.
More holiday cheer went to Brunetti Lofts, where WHO-VOA sponsored dinner, Santa Claus, and fun cookie decorating with the kids.
Big thank you to everyone who made it to our August General Membership meeting. Especially to Delizios for hosting us. We collected almost $1,000 in two short hours!
For the third year, WHO-VOA was blessed by the members of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association (CMLA) as the chosen recipient of their generous giving via the Holiday Giving Tree and the Annual Holiday Charity Auction. We raised more than $9,500 to help us continue to support our philanthropies.
The WHO-VOA board of directors added three new philanthropies to be served by our organization: Brunetti Lofts, Bannock Youth Center/Youth Transitions Program and the Veteran Women’s Center.
Ending our fiscal year blessed with uncommitted donations, WHO ladies were able to approve additional support to our philanthropies:
About a year ago, Cindy Bradley submitted all three of our philanthropies to our volunteer committee as possible recipients of Jeans Day fundraising at CHFA. FEJH was chosen to be the fourth quarter recipient. We presented a check to Wendy for more than $1,800.
WHO-VOA once again was blessed by the members of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association (CMLA) as the chosen recipient of their generous giving via the Holiday Giving Tree and the Annual Holiday Charity Auction.
Please click here to view the letter of gratitude sent to CMLA.