At this time of year, many of us are bombarded with numerous requests for support from charitable organizations that are doing important work in our community. There are so many pressing needs and worthwhile causes that it sometimes becomes challenging to determine how and where to allocate our limited resources.
As the chief fund-raiser at Pittsburgh Section, I am grateful that so many of you choose to generously support NCJW each year. We are launching our annual Stay at Home Ball this month, chaired by Debbie Levy Green and Lynda Wrenn, and I am proud to report that we already have 35 members in our Leadership Circle (donors who contribute $1,000 or more to the Stay at Home Ball). About one-third of these Leadership Circle donors are new to us this year, which is a testament to the significant impact that NCJW has on the lives of women, children, and families in our community.
The following is a short list of some of Pittsburgh Section’s accomplishments over the last year:
- We launched The Center for Women, serving over 300 women in transition through referral services, workshops, one-on-one consultations with law and financial experts, and robust mentoring and internship programs.
- We revived the Pic-a-Bag project, providing 300 bags containing comfort and care items to the county’s Children, Youth, and Families Division, which serves children entering the foster care system. We are expanding the program this year to provide 1,000 bags to several agencies working with at-risk children.
- We held a highly successful Annual Meeting with over 200 in attendance, where we honored past president Judi Kasdan and hosted inspirational speaker and author Liz Murray.
- We committed to launching Pittsburgh Section’s first Back2School Store in the summer of 2015; we will supply 200 pre-qualified elementary school children in need with school supplies, clothing, and other necessities that will help them start the school year with enthusiasm and positive self-esteem.
- We saw over 5,000 children at our Children’s Rooms in the Courts, providing a safe and nurturing place to play while parents attend to court matters, often supplying the neediest of families with clothing, shoes, strollers, and food.
- We renewed our commitment to advocacy work, launching our first educational and awareness-building program on human trafficking, one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world today.
I hope that what you read here will inspire you to give generously to NCJW. I couldn’t be more proud to help lead the Pittsburgh Section as the number of women, children, and families we touch grows each and every year.
Happy Holidays and Warm Wishes!
Andrea Glickman, Executive Director