I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions per se, just seems like a recipe for failure. In years past I’ve pretended to get on the resolution band-wagon and told myself I’d drop a few pounds, stop eating ice cream, start volunteering more. Frankly though I don’t really care that much about dropping a few pounds (I’m too lazy) and I really don’t care about not eating ice cream (I love ice cream so why would I want to never eat it again). But the desire to contribute more to my community continues to stay with me. I celebrated the end of 2012 with family and friends while others weren’t as fortunate. After reflecting on life’s blessings I resolved to put my desire into action finally. And with that, I bring you Women Supporting Women.
Women Supporting Women is a group of women I invited to join me in my outreach efforts. I know people want to do more, but life gets in the way and volunteer commitments can be hard to make & keep; people have lives, children, work, and it can be challenging to add something else to the calendar. I will host a cocktail party 3 times this year – more specifically, a “fund-raising-cocktail-party”. Prior to each party I will have done research on organizations I think are making an impact in girls’ & women’s lives and selected one organization for all the guests to make a personal donation. A check to that particular organization is the secret code, if you will, to attend the party. The party itself is simply the social method of bringing women together while tapping into their natural philanthropic and giving selves.
I held the first party the other week and was very pleased with the success. I admittedly was nervous about hosting a night where not everyone knew each other and in my small apartment…what if no one showed up? what if no one liked each other? what if they were expecting a wild, crazy night with a lavish spread of fancy food? would crockpot meatballs even count as fancy? Turns out there was nothing to be nervous about. A great group of ladies came over and we all chatted like old friends and we raised $600 for Girls on the Run.
Girls on the Run is a motivational running program to inspire, educate and empower girls aged 8 – 13 years old. With locations nationwide they meet twice a week in small teams for a 12-week program and teach life skills through conversation-based lessons and running games. Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage life long health and fitness and build confidence through accomplishment. At the end of the program each girl completes a 5k running event, giving them a true sense of achievement and setting the framework for achieving life goals. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthful and confident. Personally, I love the idea of starting young girls on a road to success and empowerment in their formative years; helping set them on the right path from the start. As a runner myself I can attest to how running makes me feel; I’m more productive, positive and healthy when I stick to a running program and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a run is like none other.
Thank you to everyone for coming out, donating and making the first party a success. A special thanks to those who couldn’t make it and sent me checks. I’m already looking forward to the party in May!
My 2013 goal for Women Supporting Women is simple: host 3 fundraising parties in January (check!), May and September.