Community Giving Focus of Women's History Month
“By making donations, volunteering time, or mentoring, we can help local women attain employment and gain the confidence they need to succeed,” says Dana Joyce, marketing specialist in the School of Pharmacy’s Office of Communications and Marketing, about this year’s Women’s History Month celebration at the University.
Called Women Helping Women Succeed, the March 5 event brought the University community together as attendees listened to stories about the impact that organizations such as House of Ruth Maryland, Dress for Success Baltimore, and Baltimore Outreach Services have on women in the Baltimore area struggling with abuse, poverty, and joblessness.
The program also invited the University community to donate a wide variety of items requested by the nonprofits to meet the needs of their clients. Donations ranged from suits to diapers. Nancy Gordon, executive director of protocol and special events in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, notes, “Our speakers were inspirational and quite moving. We collected a phenomenal number
of items for both organizations. I want to thank all who donated.”
Donations were accepted in boxes located in buildings throughout campus the entire month of March. A record number of donations was collected. “The Women’s History Month program really struck a chord this year,” says Heather Graham Phelps, MA, director of marketing communications in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs. “As a mother,” she continues, “I was motivated by the plight of women who desperately need to improve their family situations as well as protect and provide for their children. To have resources, such as Dress for Success Baltimore and House of Ruth Maryland, is invaluable. I couldn’t imagine not contributing.”