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I want to share the experience I had during the Women Helping Women Initiative in Virginia when collecting donations for the ACTS shelter here in Woodbridge. Recently I went to two stores, Lowe’s and Home Depot, to ask if they could donate weather resistant chairs for ACTS. They were to be placed in a meditation area alongside the shelter. I received WFWP letterhead from Irmgard in New York, and a donation form to be filled out by the donor. These helped a lot when asking for donations.I first went to Home Depot. There I met the Assistant Manager Daniel Savant. I introduced myself and gave him a WFWP brochure. I explained the work we do and the specific need of the shelter that we are trying to help. I also…
When we in the Virginia Chapter heard about the Women Helping Women initiative that was started in the Arizona Chapter, we immediately set to work to do a similar purse and backpack drive to help out women and children in local Virginia shelters. The Northern Virginia community ladies rallied and began collecting gently-used purses and backpacks, went to thrift stores and bought nice purses and backpacks, and went to community stores to get donations of practical items to put into the purses. There are so many people to thank for supporting the Women Helping Women Initiative in Northern Virginia! Finally, on May 4, Carmella Ciemny and I, delivered all the items to "The Women's Empowerment Center," a shelter for women and their children. The shelter's goal is to help those…
First, I want to let you know that our hard-working Carmella Ciemny who has been working with WFWP for the last two years has officially received the title of NOVA WFWP co-chairwoman. Moreover, Carmella recently received an award for her volunteer work representing WFWP from the Lake Ridge Fellowship House, an independent living residence for low income senior citizens, some with physical disabilities or limitations. Here is her testimony: "An award ceremony took place at the Lake Ridge Fellowship House in Woodbridge, Virginia on Friday, April 15. This was the first time they had an award ceremony in over thirty years. They invited me to come. My husband Jerry and my good friend Laurel Gooden accompanied me. I was very surprised when asked to sit at the front table. We…
On Saturday, February 13, 2016, the Northern Virginia Chapter of WFWP presented entertainment for around twenty-five senior citizens in a low-income senior residence in Woodbridge, Virginia. The event was organized by Mrs. Carmella Ciemny, NOVA WFWP Community Service Coordinator, and showcased the talents of young adults, their parents, and other members of the surrounding community including two Mormon missionaries. The goal of the event was to bring joy to the seniors. Because the residents had enjoyed the Talent Show the WFWP chapter had hosted in May of 2015, they had asked if the chapter could come again; so this is the second talent show NOVA WFWP has held at the residence. The event began with the Lake Ridge Fellowship House providing a chili lunch for the residents. In addition, the…
On a chilly, Saturday morning, November 21, about 40 people, mostly young people, gathered to raise funds for "Schools of Africa" and for local youth group leadership programs through raking leaves. This annual leaf raking fundraiser has been a tradition in the Northern Virginia (NOVA), community for over 12 years. These last two years, the local Northern Virginia WFWP chapter has partnered with the NOVA Family Church Youth Group to raise funds both for Schools of Africa and for the youth group's leadership programs. This year the group gathered at 8 o'clock in the morning, to share donuts and coffee and learn about the eight schools in Africa supported by WFWP. Mrs. Zena Ruf, the local WFWP chairwoman, shared about one graduate from a WFWP supported school in Mozambique who…
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