Monday, July 12, 2021

Celebrating Two Years of Social + Good

 

Letter from Social4Good Chair

Celebrating Social4Good’s Second Year!  

While COVID isolated us from each other, it also created unprecedented need in our community – and we responded! Beginning with our fun, socially-distanced August kickoff at Wolf Trap through the powerful June social at Fogo de Chao, each of you generously supported a movement with six Rules of Engagement and made it happen! 

Our amazing results speak for themselves!

Social4Good’s model of building community through friends inviting friends to join has created a network of over 170 women and proved we are really open to all.  Our attend when you can took on another dimension when we found new ways to connect doing good and meeting at virtual and in-person socials to build community. 

13 Nonprofits + 900 woman hours = $42,500

Working closely with 13 local nonprofits, we created a variety of projects that addressed client needs where and when help is needed.  From welcome bags and lunches for homeless shelters, to toiletries, menstrual products and activities for children, diapers for babies, basic items for formerly incarcerated women, and a walk to end the stigma of mental health – our members generously responded to the causes that spoke to their hearts. 

Our collective giving since the first project in my dining room in August 2019, totals $84,780 to 21 nonprofits.  AMAZING!

Grateful to each of you!

Social4gooders, I am proud of the course our members took this past year and am excited about the opportunity to build on our accomplishments in year 3.  Our collective investment in Social4Good and our Northern Virginia community truly made a difference.

Faith 

Founder & Chair

Thursday, July 8, 2021

In June, Social4Good Championed Children in Foster Care!

In June, Social4Good (S4G) embarked on an ambitious project to support 230 children in Stop Child Abuse Now’s (SCAN) Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program.  

Sadly, child abuse is not rare and over 90% of abuse is by someone known to the child.  Children who are abused and who lack strong community or interpersonal support may grow up to be adults with serious academic, financial, relationship and health issues.  But child abuse is preventable and children can recover.

SCAN of Northern Virginia is the only region-wide organization focused solely on preventing child abuse and neglect across Northern Virginia.  SCAN provides a voice for children in the court system and support for parents, while building institutions that protect children in order to make child abuse prevention a community priority.

Something New to Call Their Own

In June, Social4Good members and our community supported 230 children that are currently in foster care and in the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program by creating essentials bags for 57 teens (ages 13-18) and toys and activities for 173 children (ages newborn - 12) that will be gifted by their advocate when they meet.  All items were designed to instill confidence, promote interaction with their CASA and give them a sense of home at a crisis point in their lives.

Celebrating Our Incredible Results!

At our June 22nd event at Fogo de Chao, members gathered for a “Social” and to celebrate the “4Good.” The importance of our project was brought to life by Director of CASA, Amy Wilker's, powerful impact statement about the S4G contributions, and an S4G member’s adopted daughter who shared her own experience in the foster care system and with her CASA.  

 

"I have no words to truly express my gratitude and astonishment at the overwhelming generosity of your group. This is just the beginning of 'Something New to Call Their Own' and I cannot wait to see the impact on the children we serve."   Amy Wilker, Director CASA Program

In addition to providing items for the children currently in CASA’s program, S4G established a special fund to support vulnerable children when and how they need our help.  Whether supporting a child's dream of participating in an activity, sponsoring their field trip or celebrating their success in school, our $2250 fund will promote a sense of normal for neglected and abused children in our community.   

Special Thanks!

This project was possible through the generosity of S4G members and the dedicated work and donations from the following:


  • Team June: Faith Boettger, Deana Hally (Leads),  Debra Comizio, Patti Cooksey, Dawn Curtis, Stephanie Davari-Page, Lee Ellis, Mary Stahl and Donna Whitaker
  • East Meets West Yoga and the families of OLGC and St. Marks for purchasing items from the Amazon wish list
  • I Support the Girls 
  • Dr. Andrew Thompson, DDS
  • Aesha Ray and Envy Us Beauty 
  • Fogo de Chao, Tysons for hosting our June 22nd social and donating a dinner for two as as a prize for the evening’s icebreaker