Empowerment Project strives to help women thrive

by Patricia Cangelosi

On March 31st, local nonprofit A Woman’s Place (AWP) kicked off a robust program unlike any in its history: The Empowerment Project. The project aims to equip teenaged and adult women with the skills they need to not only survive, but to thrive and flourish in their communities.

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Carol Guckavan named ‘Woman of the Year’ by Ladies of Mt. Carmel

Carol Guckavan was named “Woman of the Year” at The Ladies of Mt. Carmel 65th Annual Communion Breakfast, held at The Doylestown Country Club on May 4th.

Carol is a wife, mother of four and grandmother of 14. She and her husband, Joe, reside in Buckingham. She was selected for the award because she strives to fulfill the mission of the organization, which is “to enrich the lives of all women who support the charitable, educational, and religious goals of the parish.”

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Women of Bucks fire departments pull double duty: volunteer, mom

Firefighting in Bucks County is often a family affair. It’s a tradition that’s passed down from generation to generation, and for a lot of women that means pulling double duty as both firefighter and mother.

“They’re both similar jobs,” said Rachel Peltz, a mother of two who has been a volunteer firefighter with the Tullytown Fire Company (Station 33) for the last year and a half. “It’s very rewarding, but it’s also a lot of hard work. You get out of it what you put in.”

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Elizabeth Biester wins Bucks County Women’s History Month Award

by Patricia Cangelosi

On March 20th, in Doylestown’s historic James-Lorah House Auditorium, Elizabeth L. Biester was honored with the 33rd annual Bucks County Women’s History Month Award. Each year, the prestigious award is given to a Bucks County woman whose social, intellectual and creative contributions have enhanced the quality of life for residents in the community and beyond.

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YWCA Bucks County to honor ‘Women Who Make a Difference’

YWCA Bucks County, now in its 60th year of service to the community, will hold its 23rd Annual Salute to Women Who Make a Difference Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 15th, at 6:00pm, at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, 400 Oxford Valley Road in Langhorne. 

Each year, the YWCA Salute to Women recognizes women in Bucks County making exceptional contributions to their organizations and their communities.  Among the women being honored this year is YWCA Board of Directors Past-President Millicent Brown, who served the YWCA for many years in a variety of roles including two terms as President.

The evening features a cocktail reception, raffles, a full-course dinner and the recognition and presentation of awards immediately following the dinner.

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American Association of University Women (AAUW), Makefield Area Branch

The Makefield Area Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) welcomes all women who value education and who have achieved this goal by obtaining an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university.

AAUW is a national organization whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. In addition to monthly meetings with programs of interest to both men and women, AAUW offers several small special interest groups that discuss literature, play Trivial Pursuit, encourage and support writers, and present Let’s Read Math™ programs to students in elementary grades, as well as support the PAGES™ program (Philadelphia Area Girls Enjoying Science™) which exposes sixth grade girls to a day of sharing scientific experiments with local women scientists at Chestnut Hill College.

The national umbrella tax-deductible organization of “AAUW Funds” assists women in sex discrimination lawsuits; teaches leadership skills to young college women; and supports women and girls in need of help to complete their educations.

The Makefield Area Branch of the AAUW awards college scholarships each year to high school graduates; holds a special annual recognition reception for seventh grade girls who have excelled in math and science, in order to encourage their pursuit in these areas of study; and awards a scholarship to a woman who is returning to, or remaining in, college to complete her degree.

The Makefield Area Branch has a diverse membership, and they welcome new members at any time in order to broaden the effectiveness of their mission.

On Saturday March 29th, AAUW will hold a fundraiser at the Makefield Township Building on Edgewood Road in Yardley, beginning at 1:00pm. The public is invited to bring antique items for appraisal. A charge of $15 will allow three small items to be appraised by a professional appraisal company. 

For more information about AAUW membership visit their website at www.makefield-pa.aauw.net or www.makefield-pa.aauw.net/contact.

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Soroptimist International of Indian Rock, Inc.

Soroptimist International of Indian Rock, Inc. (SIIR) is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA), an international volunteer organization for business and professional women whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

In partnership with local community service groups, SIIR members identify societal needs, provide volunteer services and monetary support in an effort to improve the quality of life for women and their families.

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Morrisville Maidens

Since January 2005, the fun-loving gals of the Morrisville Maidens, a chapter of the Red Hat Society, have been out and about in the community.

The Queen of the chapter, Sandra “Kitty” Westrope, ensures the chapter does at least one charitable event per year. She feels that even though the Red Hat Society is not a charitable organization, they should give back to the community in any way they can. The ladies make Christmas cards, donate small gift items, toiletries, tote bags and purses.

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A Woman’s Place

As the only domestic violence community benefit organization in Bucks County, A Woman’s Place (AWP) provides comprehensive free, private, and confidential service, support, education, outreach, and advocacy to victims of domestic abuse and violence, their children and the community.

Domestic and dating abuse and violence is a universal societal problem that does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, income, social status, education level, health status, or profession.

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Doylestown Branch AAUW

Founded in 1881, American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

The Doylestown branch, which meets the first Wednesday of the month at Wesley Enhanced Living (formerly Heritage Towers) is open to all graduates, including men, who hold an associate (two-year) degree or higher from an accredited institution in the United States and Canada.

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