2022 Annual Report
The mission of Women’sGift is to provide support to women, youth, and children at risk in Lane County, Oregon. To that end we raise and distribute funds and/or supplies to non-profit agencies that provide direct services that align with our mission.
In 2022 we numbered forty-nine women meeting most months of the year either in person, on zoom, or in a hybrid format. We believe that small contributions made by many can yield big results.
During the calendar year we heard from Family Relief Center, KindTree, Community Sharing, Siuslaw Outreach Services, The Latinx and Immigrant Wellness Hub, Bags of Love, Looking Glass Counseling and Sleep in Heavenly Peace — each of whom received a $1200 donation. In addition, we conducted a major fundraiser for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lane County and were able to contribute $25,000.
Women’sGift members also contributed school supplies to the Creslane Elementary School located in Creswell in August and gifted three St. Vincent de Paul families in December.
On the practical side, Women’sGift:
Elected new officers including Vice-President, Eliana Vera, Treasurer, Lynnette Campbell and At-Large Directors Bobbe Burkhalter and Mary Brooner.
Founders Rae LaMarche and Kristina Padgett stepped down from the Board after many years of dedicated service.
Formed Nomination, Finance and Membership Committees.
Voted to increase monthly donations to $1500 in 2023.
In 2023, Women’sGift looks forward to supporting Bags of Love during our annual campaign as well as another 10 organizations including: NAMI, Pearl Buck Center, Heartfelt House, 1st Place Kids, Volunteers in Medicine, Hope and Safety Alliance, Hosea House, SVDP’s Girls House and the Life Change Program at the Eugene Mission.
Guests are always welcome to attend our meetings to learn more about the many organizations that help women and children at risk in Lane County.
“When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.” -- Margaret Wheatley