Making the Most of Your Membership
San Diego Women's March
Women Give San Diego proudly supports all efforts on behalf of women's rights everywhere. Please join your sisters as we march to insure the well-being of women, and human rights. For more information on the march this Saturday, January 21st, click HERE.

Save the Date - Membership Meeting hosted by Education Team
On Feb.13th, 2017, the Education Team will lead a presentation/panel highlighting the nearly $500,000 WGSD has given to 19 programs supporting women & girls in San Diego. Let's review our recent impact and learn how we can do more! This event will be held at AMN Healthcare, 12400 High Bluff Drive, San Diego CA 92130.

Volunteer with our Grant Partners
Our Community Engagement team has prepared a wonderful summary of ways to engage with our grant partners ALL YEAR! Please click HERE for volunteer and donation opportunities.
 A Message From WGSD Co-Presidents
Hello Women Give San Diego Members and Happy New Year! We hope that you all enjoyed a restful holiday season filled with friends and family.

First, we’d like to thank those of you who answered our call for additional support to end the year strong with significant funds for our grant-making efforts. We anticipate granting more than $90,000 back into the community this spring. Since 100% of membership dues go directly to grants supporting women and girls, you are all an important part of our mission and ultimate success!

We are also excited to welcome a handful of new members who joined Women Give San Diego at the end of the year. You can see a list of new members in this newsletter. Keep an eye out for these new faces at our first official gathering of 2017 – our February 13 Membership Meeting hosted by the Education Team.
In the meantime, enjoy the wet weather and keep to those New Year’s Resolutions! May we suggest another resolution…getting more involved with Women Give San Diego! 

All the best,
Morgan Justice Black & Sabrina Martucci Johnson
WGSD Team Updates
The 2017 Grants Cycle is underway! The Grants Team is off to a great start. Women Give San Diego had about 60 agencies apply to Step 1 of the grants process, a big increase from last year. The Grants Team saw a broad spectrum of missions and women served, which happily included some of Women Give San Diego's high priority populations. Big thanks to the many Grants Team members who carefully reviewed all these submissions and helped move through the first step of the selection process. The team looks forward to more careful vetting in the coming months and are grateful to all members for enabling WGSD to support such worthy programs. More big thanks to Shana Hazan for organizing the venue and welcoming the Grants Team at Jewish Family Services, a beautiful and inspiring place. If you'd like to know more, or may be interested in joining the Grants Team (it's never too late!), please contact Krista Stellmacher or Marcia Hazan.

The next Community Engagement Team Meeting will be on Monday, 1/23 at 5:30pm in La Jolla. Email Courtney Brown or Susanne Marczak for more information.
The next Membership Team Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 6PM- 7:30PM at Waypoint Public (3794 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104). Please rsvp to Brittany Russell.
Welcome New Members
Women Give San Diego would like to formally welcome the following new members:
Marcela Ampon
Catherine Busick
Susan Channick
Melinda Forstey
Amy Glenn
Claire Groebner
Robin Kaplan
Heather Laird
Alexandra Lane
Dixie Reynolds
Mary Siegrist
Sarah Tipple
Adina Veen
Alyson Wright
Jean Young
If you know someone who may be interested in getting involved with Women Give San Diego, guests are welcome at all of our membership meetings.
WGSD Grantee Engagement Opportunities
Women Give San Diego is fortunate to partner with many incredible organizations in San Diego focused on empowering women and girls. The Community Engagement Team will be collecting an ongoing list of engagement opportunities for members, beyond the formal volunteer opportunities that are offered several times a year. Please click HERE for January's update or read more details below, and email the appropriate Grantee Liaison if you are interested in deeper involvement with one of these deserving grantee partners!

Grossmont College:
Volunteer at Clothing Boutique:
Once every semester, Grossmont distributes donated clothing to the students. They often need help coordinating outfits. They are allowed three free outfits (head to toe), and then they purchase additional items with the ‘OPT Bucks’ they receive for attending classes. Help needed for set-up, help the day before, as well as help the day of the event. Spring semester date tbd.
Career Workshop Event:  The Community Engagement Team will be hosting a Career Workshop event with Grossmont in early 2017. Stay tuned!
Donations: Donate “gently-used” professional clothing, including shoes and accessories, and unused make-up or toiletries. Kristin Mikolaczak, WGSD Community Engagement Team Member, is holding a clothing drive for Grossmont at Intuit at the beginning of January.  Please email Grantee Liaison Kristin Mikolajczak for more information.

Vista Hill has very open-ended volunteer opportunities. They need volunteers of all talents and backgrounds to help out in the ParentCare Alumni Training Program, a “one-stop” resource for mothers recovering from drug/alcohol addiction. Everyone from a yoga instructor to a professional who can help with resume review is welcome! Especially: financial planning, job prep, those with a special skill. Please contact Grantee Liaison Courtney Brown for more information.
Community News
Poverty in San Diego Higher than during Great Recession

When Jim Floros started his job as president and CEO of the San Diego Food Bank at the beginning of 2013, he says the nonprofit served about 330,000 people a month.

That number has since grown to 370,000.

That might seem odd given that San Diego County’s unemployment rate fell from 8.8 to 4.3 percent over that same period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But Floros said having a job doesn’t mean you don’t need help.

“The thing that people really don’t realize regarding poverty and hunger (is) the people most affected — the term that’s most commonly used — is the working poor,” Floros said. “It’s people really in lower-paying jobs, people struggling to get by, trying to make ends meet.” To read the rest of this illuminating article, please click HERE.

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