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The Women’s Resource Center of the Delaware Valley (WRC) is having this year’s annual Girls Lead Conference on Friday, March 1st, 2019, at West Chester University’s Sykes Student Union building, hosted by their Gender Studies Department from 9:30 am to 12:45 pm.
The purpose of the Girls Lead Conference is to celebrate the hard work the girls have done over 12 sessions, including work on a Leadership Project, which targets a need in the community the girls want to help with, such as homelessness or mental illness. There are breakout groups with discussions on social media and body image as well, lunch provided by New Street Catering, and presentations on the leadership projects.
Girls Lead works with middle school and high school girls, focusing on enhancing skills in Communication, Decision-making, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving, and Advocacy. These core skills have been found in research to serve as protective factors against many challenges facing adolescent girls. Through group activities and project implementation, Girls Lead participants practice and strengthen these essential life skills. Participants are nominated by their guidance counselors as girls with untapped leadership potential who are at risk of slipping through the cracks. The schools involved in this year’s conference are Phoenixville Area Middle School, Peirce Middle School, Stetson Middle School, Radnor Middle School, Darby Township School, Widener Partnership Charter School, Stewart Middle School, and Tinicum Middle School.
About 110 girls will be in attendance, with 17 West Chester University volunteers, and 28 adult facilitators.
“When you hear a 7th grade girl say, ‘You changed my life,‘ you know the program works! More than 90% of Girls Lead participants report an increase in confidence in the key skills as well as improved communication with parents,” Cheryl Brubaker, WRC’s Executive Director said.
For more information, you can reach Megan Lydon, the Development Coordinator of the WRC, at email@example.com.
The event is the nonprofit’s biggest fundraiser of the year, raising a third of its annual revenue. Over the past 8 years the luncheon has raised more than $778,000 for programs and services that directly impact women and girls in need. This year’s speaker is Grace Killelea, CEO and Founder of The GKC Group, a leadership development firm with programs designed for high potential men and women. She is also a published author and well-known speaker in the Philadelphia area.
The event will feature a silent auction and raffle, butlered hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and a luncheon as well as a speech from Ms. Killelea and an award given to an honoree that has championed women’s issues successfully and made a difference.
“Grace is a shining example of what a real champion for women’s leadership looks like, having paved the way for women’s voices to be heard in every organization she has worked with. We are honored to have her present at this year’s Leadership Luncheon,” Cheryl Brubaker, Executive Director said.
The Crystal Tea Room is located in Philadelphia’s beautiful and historic Wanamaker Building, originally opened in 1877. The event will be catered by Finley Catering.
The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is a nonprofit aimed at helping women and girls navigate difficult transition periods in their lives through counseling, their Helpline, their Girls Lead program, and legal services.
Tickets are online available now on WRC’s GiveSmart website. Early Bird tickets are available at $89.00 each.
For more information, you can reach Megan Lydon, the Development Coordinator of the WRC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for participating in our 12th Annual Leadership Luncheon, both in person and online. Because of your support we have raised over $110,000 after expenses for women and girls in need of knowledge and resources. We hope you had a wonderful time and left feeling inspired. Please take a moment to click here and quickly tell us your thoughts about the Luncheon.
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Thanks to an anonymous donor, we are raffling off a 14-karat white gold sapphire and diamond pendant necklace (valued at $5,000) for Mother’s Day. Tickets are 1 for $50 or 3 for $100. The winner will be selected on May 8th. Click here to buy your special raffle tickets and celebrate strong women everywhere.
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COMCAST CORPORATION SENIOR VP KAREN DOUGHERTY BUCHHOLZ TO SERVE AS LEADERSHIP KEYNOTE FOR WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER
12th Annual Leadership Luncheon: April 20, 11:30 A.M. – 2 P.M.
The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) of the Delaware Valley, located in Wayne, PA, announced that Karen Dougherty Buchholz will present the keynote at the organization’s 12th Annual Leadership Luncheon on April 20. As Senior Vice President of Administration for Comcast Corporation, Karen has a wide array of corporate development responsibilities, including corporate real estate, facilities, diversity and inclusion, political affairs, corporate services, business continuity, and sustainability. She is also in charge of the development of the new Comcast Technology Center, a $1.5 billion, 60-story tower opening later this year. She will share inspirational leadership insights gleaned through her experience at Comcast and beyond.
EVENT DETAILS: On Friday, April 20 in the Crystal Tea Room, the annual luncheon, which is attended by nearly 400 community and business leaders from throughout the Philadelphia region, raises funds to support WRC’s work in assisting nearly 2,500 women and girls annually to successfully navigate difficult life transitions. Over the past seven years, the WRC Leadership Luncheon has raised more than $630,000 for programs and services that directly impact women and girls in need.
“It is my honor and pleasure to participate in the Women’s Resource Center’s annual luncheon and to support such a fantastic organization that has made a huge impact in our community and the lives of countless women by providing vital services to help them get back on their feet and on a path to success,” said Buchholz.
ABOUT WRC: WRC is a community-based nonprofit organization serving women and girls throughout Southeastern PA for more than 40 years. Our mission is to assist women and girls to successfully navigate life’s transitions and to inspire others to do the same. WRC is proud to offer Helpline support, free or low cost legal consultation, solution-focused counseling, and girls’ leadership programs. By providing resources, tools and support for today, we create hope for tomorrow. Last year, WRC helped 2,476 women and girls gain knowledge, resources and support to overcome life’s challenges. For more information, visit womensresourcecenter.net.
Open Hearth kicks off its spring 2018 schedule of free weekly personal financial workshops on Wednesday, April 4th. Topics include financing your first home, investing in your employer’s retirement plan and building a better credit report. You can click here to register online or complete the Spring 2018 Open Hearth Workshop flyer (see below).
Have any questions? Call Open Hearth at 610-792-9282, x208.Spring 2018 Open Hearth Workshop flyer
Liz and Kate are hosting this Party with a Purpose to get to know our neighbors better, including the WRC. It is a fun-filled night with good food, drink, music, laughter and conversation. Donations are encouraged to benefit the women and girls in our community in need of some help and encouragement as they go throughout this journey called life. Knowledge is Power – Our Neighbors Can Make All the Difference! Looking forward to seeing you on January 19- you are warmly welcomed!
By Alex Hall, Singleparent.info
As much as they are a cause for celebration, the holidays can also be a stressful time for many people. This is especially true for those who are going through a period of loss or transition, such as a recent divorce or separation. It can be difficult finding the right support and you might wonder how you’ll find ways to enjoy the holiday season this year.
Navigating a recent divorce is even more complicated if you are a parent. You might have to adjust to splitting custody with your ex. You might be learning to balance your job and all of your other responsibilities with being a newfound single parent. You’ll also need to learn how to support your children through this time of transition, when you both might be lonely or missing the life you had before.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to empower yourself and focus on the future, not the past. One way to ensure you have a joyful holiday season is by focusing on your reasons to be grateful while also taking every possible opportunity for self-care and stress reduction.
Here are some ways you can navigate the holiday season if you’re fresh off a split from your spouse:
Volunteering: Giving back to your local can be deeply rewarding. It provides a sense of purpose and perspective, reminding you to be grateful for all the good things in your life. In addition to offering an opportunity to make new friends with similar interests to your own, recent research has shown that volunteer work helps make you happier, too.
Spending time with animals: Pets have been shown to provide a health boost to their owners by reducing stress, anxiety and depression, and possibly even lowering blood pressure. They also provide unconditional love, companionship, and loyalty, all of which can help reduce feelings of loneliness after a divorce.
If you don’t have a pet and can’t devote the time, money or attention to one right now, you might consider volunteering at a local animal shelter. In addition to experiencing the benefits of volunteer work, you’ll be helping yourself while also helping animals in need.
Going to the park: Spending time in nature can help you stay mindful. Whether you prefer blue ocean waters, the greenery of rolling hills, a hike through a forest, or a relaxing stroll through a park, nature can help you help escape stress by refocusing your mind on the present moment.
Get some healthy perspective: “Stop letting [the holiday] stress you out,” advises self-help author, Natalie Lue of Baggage Reclaim. When we experience holiday stress, Lue says it is because “we pile on way too much expectations and build up this month into more than it is.”
Instead, Lue recommends remembering the true meaning of the holiday while also keeping a keen focus on your own values and your identity. In the absolute worst case, this holiday will be over soon and you’ll have eleven other months to look forward to this year.
Create a daily self-care ritual: Motivational speaker, Tony Robbins, recommends creating your very own daily self-care ritual. If this seems like a daunting task at first, start with just a few minutes per day and gradually work your way up to an hour.
The type of ritual is completely up to you, but it should be an activity you enjoy that also helps you cultivate gratitude and mindfulness, such as yoga, prayer, or meditation. Why is this so powerful? It helps you cultivate a happy, empowered mindset.
Take time for yourself: Making time for your own self-care is extremely important throughout the year, especially around the holidays. There are many different approaches for finding a few minutes of “me time” each day. For instance, journaling, daily mantras and affirmations, and online self-care courses are all powerful ways to improve your quality of life and cultivate resilience after your divorce.
Whether you are recently divorced or not, it is possible to use this holiday season as an excuse for greater self-care. Gently work through each day with an intention of becoming even more confident and comfortable in your own skin. At the end of it all, you might find that you have a sense of inner peace that you never had before.
Because of your dollars, your time, and your donated services, WRC was able to make a difference in the lives of thousands of women and girls.
Thank YOU for ensuring a compassionate and trained listening ear for 1,376 women in need of help.
Thank YOU for providing 249 counseling sessions to women facing challenging life transitions.
Thank YOU for helping 527 women to access legal advice when facing divorce or custody challenges.
Thank YOU for preparing 146 young women to lead– in their own lives, in their communities, and in our world.
Thank YOU for helping to equip 48 single mothers with skills, support and connections to community resources to facilitate stability and well-being for themselves and their children.