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.
WHO ladies donated 100 day planners to the Professional Women Group members to use in scheduling interviews, classes, etc. They LOVE this gift for getting organized.
WHO ladies donated "Safety" kits to this year's Professional Womens Group graduates. Each contain a 28 qt cooler, kitchen fire extinguisher, emergency candles & matches, "Family Emergency Preparedness" book, emergency phone number book, & first aid kit. What a surprise graduation gift for them.
WHO ladies have donated a much needed paper shredder to Dress for Success for their use to safely finally purge old files. Also a paper cutter for cutting event invitations and such in-house, allowing them to save $50-$100 per month. Also, our monthly donation of nylon knee highs continues to Dress for Success clients to use during their first suiting appointment & then take home with them.
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From Donna Deteau, the Executive Director at Dress for Success. Here is her email:
We are so blessed that your WHO angels have "adopted" our clients (and staff). Our ladies are thrilled that they can complete their outfits with knee highs. And the shredder is a dream come true! Thank you WHO!
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Boy Scout Troop 814 volunteered their time AGAIN this year to tune up the bicycles at Mountain Star Center. Thank you!
A big thanks to Mary Lynn Lewark (referred by a WHO member, Laurie Gallegos) for donating a beautiful playhouse to the Brandon House, a Volunteers of America facility.
Thanks to the generous donations of members and friends, WHO-VOA is now supplying Starter Kits for the Volunteers of America.
WHO-VOA is so grateful to the members of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association (CMLA) for their gracious giving via the Holiday Giving Tree and the Annual Holiday Charity Auction.
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More pictures from our fundraiser at Pete's Garage!
The Grand Prize!