Since our founding in 2006, Anne Arundel Women Giving Together has raised and invested over $1.1 million to improve the lives of women and children in Anne Arundel County!
Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT) is a women’s giving circle with over 200 members. AAWGT is a fund of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. We invest — pooling our annual contributions for “collective philanthropy,” thus multiplying the power of one by many. Since 2007, AAWGT has awarded grants totaling over $1,100,000 to non-profit organizations to improve the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County. Grants focus on health and welfare, education and the prevention of and treatment for violence and abuse. We inform — holding in-depth education sessions highlighting issues in our county that require active attention and support. And, we inspire — encouraging our members to engage as leaders and philanthropists in our local community.
AAWGT Education Meeting
TRANSPORTATION: A Route to Jobs, Education, Health Care and Food
Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM**
Florestano Building Auditorium, West Campus Drive
Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
**Please note: Speakers will begin promptly at 6:00 P.M.
Access to transportation equals access to jobs, food, healthcare and education. Inefficient or expensive transportation makes the lives of low income families even more challenging. Representatives from three of our 2019 grantee organizations confirmed that lack of a sufficient public transportation system in Anne Arundel County further burdens clients who must spend additional time and money to reach needed services.
Join us on October 2 to learn more about how inadequate transportation creates additional hardship for struggling families, and gain insight into the specific issues directly impacting our county residents. Guest speakers include Dr. Celeste Chavis, Associate Professor in Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies at Morgan State University, and Dr. Pamela Brown, Executive Director of the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children Youth and Families. Both the Anne Arundel Department of Transportation and the Office of the County Executive have been invited to close our program by casting a vision for the future of transportation in our county.
This event is free, open to the public and accessible to persons with disabilities.
Free parking is available at the center. Specific instructions will be sent with your registration confirmation. The program is scheduled to conclude early for those wishing to attend the Bay Crossing event taking place concurrently on campus.
To register, click HERE. Members: to register guests, please provide an email address for each individual so that we can send confirmations and reminders. Follow the registration questions all the way to CONFIRM; your confirmation should arrive within seconds. If you have any questions about registering, please contact email@example.com for assistance.
September 11, 2019, 6-8 PM
Blue Heron Room, Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Road, Annapolis, MD
Be inspired as our 2018 grantees describe what their organizations accomplished with the funds granted to them last year by AAWGT.
Be excited as our 2019 grantees are introduced and we begin to learn about them for this coming year.
Invite your friends to come and learn more about the outstanding non-profits working to improve the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County.
The program will start promptly at 6:30 PM.
Come early to socialize and visit with all of our 2018 and 2019 grantees.
This event is free, open to the public and accessible to persons with disabilities. Wine and appetizers will be available.
June 12, 2019 Education Meeting
Craving a Solution to Hunger: A Path to Food Security by 2030
AAWGT’s second educational program in June drew one of the largest audiences ever, with 130 members and guests registered. In this land of plenty attendees were given a chilling overview of the number of people in the US who are not sure when and how they will get their next meal.
Karen Bassarab, Senior Program Officer at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and Christine Melendez Ashley, Deputy Director for Government Relations at Bread for the World, began by reviewing the root causes of chronic food insecurity. Governmental policies, food advertising and societal norms were identified as factors in poor nutrition practices, along with more individually- based barriers to good nutrition such as lack of nutrition knowledge and unhealthy lifestyles. Limited access to healthy food due to urban “food deserts” was also identified. The overall result is that compared to white Americans, Latino families are two and a half times more likely and African American and Indigenous families are up to three times more likely to be food insecure. It also was reported that regardless of race, 30% of female-headed households are food insecure. Read More
Why I belong to AAWGT:
“… a great idea that is working.” Lori DeRose, member since 2015
“… thoughtful, talented women who want to make positive contributions to their community.” Gwyn Smith, member since 2012
“… a top-level group of interesting, professional women who are passionate about issues and learning.” Lynne Davidson, member since 2006