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!
Call for 2020 Grant Applications: We are accepting applications between December 2, 2019, and January 31, 2020. Click here to learn more.
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
The First 1000 Days of a Child’s Life
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bowen Theater, Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD
Registration Details Here
This event is free, open to the public and accessible to persons with disabilities.
The science is clear: the first 1000 days, from conception to age three, are critical in the development of a child’s brain and future. An infant’s earliest experiences and relationships dramatically influence long-term brain development, social-emotional growth and cognitive development, significantly impacting future health and success in school and life.
Nationally-recognized expert and keynote speaker Dr. Brenda Jones Harden, Richman Professor for Children & Families at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, will describe how growing up in challenging environments or circumstances can compromise healthy growth unless effective interventions are put in place.
The Judith P. Hoyer Center Early Learning Hubs, also known as "Judy Centers", focus on children who face such challenges. Savannah Stamates, Program Director for one of two Judy Centers in Anne Arundel County, will tell us how our local Judy Center programs are designed and implemented to help infants and toddlers develop the emotional and cognitive skills and resilience that will enable them to thrive, both at school and in life.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
2019 Grantee Field Trip: Sarah's House
September 25, 2019
Open since 1987 as a safe haven for women, children, and families who are homeless or abused, Sarah’s House is located on the edge of US Army Fort George G. Meade and consists of eight refurbished Army barracks housing office space, emergency shelter, dining facilities, a day care center, and four apartments where clients can live while obtaining support services.
Executive Director Kathryn Philliben briefed the group on arrival and introduced her staff, all of whom have been at Sarah’s House for at least 12 years. Kathryn explained that incoming clients are initially placed in emergency shelter so that case managers, program assistants, and training staff can identify the type of assistance needed. Each individual or family is given their own room with a door that locks, and as many clients have not experienced such security and safety in the past they are thrilled to have some privacy. Residents’ meals are donated by churches, volunteer organizations and businesses. Stays in the emergency shelter are limited to 90 days after which clients move either to one of the apartments at Sarah’s House or somewhere in the county, where they are given financial help with rent for up to a year. 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
THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 SPONSORS