Making A Difference

With so many problems that we see in today’s society, we sometimes wonder if there is anything we can do to help. AAUW focuses on community outreach as one of the goals of our branch. Here are a few things you can do that will make a real difference!
— Eva Kaufmann

1, West Chester University Resource Pantry: We are supporting this organization which assists poor and homeless students at WCU. You can help by contributing supplies for the Pantry at our monthly meeting. In additional to the usual items, items needed this month include:
*Laundry detergent
*Deodorants, razors and shave cream
*OGX hair products
*Chapsticks
Watch for an email before the March meeting with an update on needed items.

2. We are setting up a tutoring service for students at the Resource Pantry. If you would be willing to tutor a student, contact Eva Kaufmann. (ekaufmann1@gmail.com). This commitment will be for at least twice a month on or near WCU campus. Study skills, paper writing, and similar topics are needed as well as specific subjects.

3. Girl Scouts of America: We have begun a collaboration with the Girl Scouts of the Southeastern Council. Our first co-project is to collect children’s books for the Laundromat Library League. Bring a gently used or new book or two to our April meeting.

4. Girl Scouts of America: There will be a Tea at West Chester University on April 8 at which our members will talk with middle-school girls who are working toward their Silver Award that requires the development of a community service project. To volunteer, contact Barb Lathroum (blathroum@gmail.com). We will also need tea and cookies for that meeting. Can you help? NOTE: Anyone who wants to volunteer for the Girl Scout Tea on April 8th or for tutoring at the WCU Resource Center must have a state background check.

5. Mary Smith is looking for volunteers for the GETT (Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology) program that will be held on Saturday, March 17. It is a program that exposes girls to careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Jenn Schultz could use your help to make a lava lamp in a test tube at the Expo. Contact Mary at pangea49@comcast.net . If you wish to serve GETT in other capacities, check out their website http://www.gettpa.org/.

6. West Chester Food Cupboard: Donna Eaves is setting up a monthly program to help out at the Food Cupboard that is located on Bolmar Street. We will spend an hour after the Food Cupboard has closed its doors for the day to sort through donations and to stock shelves. Contact Donna to volunteer: deaves@live.com.

7. On April 9, Dr. tonya thames-taylor, Associate Professor of History and Women Studies at West Chester University, is running “Start Smart” at WCU, the third time our branch has supported her in this. This program, developed by AAUW national, teaches young women how to negotiate salaries in an effort to achieve parity in pay for women. If you would like to participate in this two-hour program, tonya needs volunteers to help the young women practice negotiation skills and to provide donations of snacks and bottled water. Contact tonya at tonya@tonyathames.com.

8. Laundromat Library League: LLL places library boxes of children’s books in laundromats as a way to get books into homes that may have few or none at all. Book donations are important, and LLL has frequent fund raisers. Special note: The Wellington Square Bookshop in Eagleview will use donations during Book Lovers Month to support the purchase of bilingual children’s books. For more information about LLL, visit www.laundromatlibraryleague.org.