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 Making the Most of Your Membership
Connecting with our members in North County 
Be on the look out for an invitation to connect with our members in North County in January.  Details to follow!  


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! (Location TBD.) 


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
It is that time of year when we ask ourselves, "Where did the year go?" Fortunately, as Women Give San Diego members we know that while the months did fly by too quickly (as they always do!), our donor circle made a meaningful impact in our community with our grantmaking and our community outreach.

At this time of reflection and giving, we urge our members to enter the New Year with a spirit of generosity, in treasure, time, and talent.  Now, more than ever, our community needs our support.  Our financial contributions fund important programs, and with our commitment of talent and time, to both WGSD directly, and to our grant partners, we can enhance the impact of our grant-making.

We have dedicated this newsletter to the connections we have made with each other and with our grant partners over the last few months of 2016, and our opportunities to continue to connect in that meaningful way in the coming year. From our holiday mixer in December, that provided such a warm and fun environment to celebrate our WGSD history, to our grantee mixer in November, that allowed us to interact directly with our grant partners and learn firsthand how we as an organization and as individual members can influence the reach and success of their work, to the STARS career workshop that we hosted in October, where we helped these incredible young women prepare for job interviews and career choices.

We hope you enjoy the updates that our Community Engagement team will provide throughout the coming year of individual opportunities to volunteer with our grant partners.  These will supplement the larger volunteer opportunities that our membership can participate in together, such as the STARS event highlighted in greater detail below.  

Thank you for all that you all do for WGSD, women in the community, and the organizations that support them.

Wishing you all a 2017 full of community impact and meaningful connections.


All the best,
Sabrina Martucci Johnson & Morgan Justice Black
WGSD 2016 Holiday Party
On Monday, December 5th, over 60 Women Give San Diego members and guests celebrated the holidays at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park. It was a lovely evening of wine, delicious hors d' oeuvres, desserts, and members learned about WGSD history from none other than "Eleanor Roosevelt" and participated in a lively WGSD trivia competition! It was the PERFECT way to close out another wonderful year with Women Give San Diego and celebrate all its many successes in 2016.
WGSD Team Updates
The Grants Team will be holding its kick off meeting on January 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held at Jewish Family Services, 8788 Balboa Avenue San Diego, CA 92123. Please rsvp to Amy Bernal or Marcia Hazan.
 
WGSD Grantee Mixer
Since its inception in 2010, Women Give San Diego has granted $490,000 to 19 non-profit programs in San Diego County that offer under-served women and girls the opportunity to enhance their participation in the regional economy and become fully engaged in the prosperity of their local communities.

WGSD members not only want to grant these organizations money, but genuinely want to be involved with each and every programs success. This is why one of the eight leadership teams is Community Engagement.

The purpose of the Community Engagement Team is to create opportunities for membership to engage with organizations in the community that are aligned with WGSD’s mission. Thanks to Co-Chairs Courtney Brown & Susanne Marczak and the Community Engagement Team, WGSD members gathered in November at the lovely restaurant Pueblo in Pacific Beach for a grantee mixer!

The night kicked off with an opportunity for members and guest to socialize over drinks and appetizers. All attendees then joined one of four different groups for a “speed dating” session with the each of the 2015-2016 WGSD grantees.

This fun, interactive format allowed attendees to have face to face time with each of the four nonprofit organizations to learn about the important work these grantees are doing in the community and how members can support them beyond the grant funding WGSD have provided.

Members had the opportunity to meet with Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, United Women of East Africa and Vista Hill.  They heard from a “big-little” pair from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County program, an Alumni from Vista Hill's ParentCare Family Recovery Center, and representatives from all four organizations.  The evening was a moving way for WGSD members to see the impact their grant-making has right here in San Diego.

All four grantees have followed up with additional opportunities for WGSD  members to stay involved with them throughout the year, from donating work clothing, to participating in resume workshops.  The Community Engagement team has included an update on those opportunities this month, and members will receive details in future newsletters throughout the coming year on how they can continue to make a difference for WGSD's partners!
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 December's update, and email the appropriate Grantee Liaison if you are interested in deeper involvement with one of these deserving grantee partners!
WGSD Member Testimonial
This October, WGSD had the opportunity to partner with the young ladies of the  
STARS (Surviving Together, Achieving and Reaching for Success) program, which supports women who have survived commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Part of the STARS program is to provide career training and education that includes identifying a career, searching for a job, and getting and maintaining employment. For one evening WGSD volunteers went to the STARS program facility and spent time with the participants talking about careers. The volunteers were organized into groups on resume creation, job interview questions, and dressing appropriately for the job. The women went from group to group and had the opportunity to share their career goals, resumes, and ask questions. Below is a testimonial from Amanda Schulze, Community Engagement team member:
 
"I was part of the group providing feedback on resumes. Our first impression was that the women had already had training on resumes as they knew the different types of resumes used, knew the preparation steps, and understood the different components of resumes. Since most were already confident in resume development, we initiated conversations on careers. We learned that several women wanted to open their own businesses. One woman loved to bake and her long-term goal was to have her own bakery. She was confident she could get a job in food service, learn the business, and when she was ready, she could run her own shop. Another young woman had already been on a job interview and was concerned that she had not gotten the position. She felt she was qualified and had answered the interview questions well. We listened to her story and let her know that another, better job was in her future because everyone has interviewed for a job, been qualified, and not received the position.
 
Our conversations about jobs were like any you would have with 19 and 20 year-olds. Some women were clear on their career goals, while others had hit some stumbling blocks. A few did not know what career they wanted to pursue, but they were actively thinking about their likes, dislikes, and opportunities. I was impressed with how the women opened up to us, shared their aspirations, and listened to our own experiences in career selection. I was left feeling that though these young women had encountered obstacles in the past, with the assistance of the STARS program, they were on their way to having successful careers. It was a pleasure to have been part of their career training
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