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. 

The benefits of membership include giving back to the community, developing new friendships, networking, enhancing professional and leadership skills, and becoming aware of various issues effecting women both locally and globally.

SIIR members reside in communities in and around the Bucks County area including parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. Club meetings are held monthly on the first Wednesday of each month at Spring Mill Country Club from 7:00-9:30pm. The dinner meeting includes brief club business and includes a presentation on a topic of interest to women (i.e., women’s health) or some other club or interactive activity. There is a fee for dinner.

Funding to support SIIR service programs and activities comes from community and member donations, internal club fundraisers and two annual community events – Fall Dinner and Fashion Show (held the second Wednesday in November) and a spring event (format varies). Proceeds support grants, scholarships and projects which empower women and young girls to help them achieve their dreams.

For more information visit SIIR’s website at www.siindianrock.com, and SIA’s website at www.soroptimist.org.

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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.

In addition to visiting nursing homes, the Morrisville Maidens ride in the Winterfest Parade whenever they can and throw candy to the children standing alongside the parade route. Afterwards, they go to their annual holiday luncheon where they exchange Polyanna gifts and celebrate the upcoming holiday season.

The ladies celebrate all of the holidays in unique ways. They dress up in sombreros and go out for Cinco de Mayo. For Halloween, they dress in costumes and have a festive spooktacular lunch. And let’s not forget Christmas in July! They always have a good time, wherever they go!

Ladies over 50 are welcome to join the Morrisville Maidens and wear the regal purple colors with red hats. Even women under 50 can join as Pink Hatters, wearing lavender clothing and pink hats.

It’s always a good time and they always draw attention when they go out. For more information about the events of the Morrisville Maidens or to join as a member, go to their website at www.MorrisvilleMaidens.mysite.com.

You can reach the Queen, Majestic Maiden Kitty, at her e-mail address, MorrisvilleMaidens@Yahoo.com, or send mail to PO Box 1395, Morrisville, PA 19067.

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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.

As domestic violence is a community issue, requiring community effort and support to successfully eradicate, AWP also provides comprehensive community-based domestic violence training, education, outreach, and advocacy.

Ending domestic and dating abuse and violence is a bold goal, and not possible without the support of the community. AWP understands that a number of people have been and will be affected by the economic downturn. Still, AWP needs your financial help to sustain its position of excellence and strength.

AWP remains a valuable and important investment and hopes that you will keep them a top priority in your charitable giving. You may also give to AWP through donations to the Full Circle Thrift Store, by donating items found on their ever-changing “wish list” or by volunteering your time. AWP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.

To learn more, visit www.awomansplace.org, or for general information call 215-343-9241. For free, private, and confidential counseling, information, and referrals 24-hours a day, call 1-800-220-8116.

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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.

Graduates holding an academic degree or diploma awarded by a qualified institution such as a business college or hospital, which is accredited or has appropriate professional association approval, are also eligible for membership.

In principle and in practice AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization because of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.

The Doylestown branch charter was granted on May 29th, 1958 with a membership of 16. Today the branch consists of 123 members and encourages all who support equality for women to become members.

Each year scholarships and fellowships are given to a deserving Bucks County high school and college student. Their sole fundraiser for this activity is an annual used book sale. It is held at the Plumsteadville Fire Station on Stump Road. The sale will be held Thursday to Saturday, May 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 

If you have any used books you wish to donate, call 215-230-8330.

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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. 

The benefits of membership include giving back to the community, developing new friendships, networking, enhancing professional and leadership skills, and becoming aware of various issues effecting women both locally and globally.

SIIR members reside in communities in and around the Bucks County area including parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. Club meetings are held monthly on the first Wednesday of each month at Spring Mill Country Club from 7:00-9:30pm. The dinner meeting includes brief club business and includes a presentation on a topic of interest to women (i.e., women’s health) or some other club or interactive activity. There is a fee for dinner.

Funding to support SIIR service programs and activities comes from community and member donations, internal club fundraisers and two annual community events – Fall Dinner and Fashion Show (held the second Wednesday in November) and a spring event (format varies). Proceeds support grants, scholarships and projects which empower women and young girls to help them achieve their dreams.

For more information visit SIIR’s website at www.siindianrock.com, and SIA’s website at www.soroptimist.org.

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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.

As domestic violence is a community issue, requiring community effort and support to successfully eradicate, AWP also provides comprehensive community-based domestic violence training, education, outreach, and advocacy.

Ending domestic and dating abuse and violence is a bold goal, and not possible without the support of the community. AWP understands that a number of people have been and will be affected by the economic downturn. Still, AWP needs your financial help to sustain its position of excellence and strength.

AWP remains a valuable and important investment and hopes that you will keep them a top priority in your charitable giving. You may also give to AWP through donations to the Full Circle Thrift Store, by donating items found on their ever-changing “wish list” or by volunteering your time. AWP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.

To learn more, visit www.awomansplace.org, or for general information call 215-343-9241. For free, private, and confidential counseling, information, and referrals 24-hours a day, call 1-800-220-8116.

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The Women’s Business Forum™

The Women’s Business Forum™ (WBF) is a nonprofit that educates, mentors and inspires women to build and grow successful businesses. Founded in 2002 by Chanin Walsh Milnazik, WBF continues to serve entrepreneurs in the Bucks County area with a free monthly educational meeting and other programs designed to assist them in reaching their business goals.

WBF’s core values best describe the organization’s benefits to members:

1. TO BUILD MUTUAL SUPPORT

WBF is here for each other. Chances are someone in the room has the answer to your business question. You have people!

2. TO BE ACCESSIBLE

Experience our unique culture. Since its first level of membership is free, if you’re here, you’re a member.

3. TO INSPIRE

WBF’s number one goal: to leave its meetings JAZZED.

4. TO EDUCATE

It’s about building your business. WBF is here to help you learn how. If they don’t know the answers, they bring in people who do!

5. TO SUPPORT YOU. NOT SELL YOU.

WBF believes in partnering, not competing. No pressure. No referral quotas. Just relationships.

WBF’s free monthly educational meeting takes place the first Wednesday of each month at the James Lorah Memorial Home at 132 N. Main Street, Doylestown. No registration is required.

WBF’s professional mastermind, Mastering a Million meets once per month for 90 minutes and is led by professional business coach Yoon Cannon. This small group helps members take their business from simply self-employed or solo-preneur to growth and financial success.

WBF’s Professionally Speaking is a dynamic public speaking program that helps participants build their confidence, get more comfortable in front of a group and become more polished speakers. The group meets the second Friday of each month for 90 minutes at Milestone Bank’s office in Doylestown.

Learn more at www.womensbusinessforum.org.

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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.

Graduates holding an academic degree or diploma awarded by a qualified institution such as a business college or hospital, which is accredited or has appropriate professional association approval, are also eligible for membership.

In principle and in practice AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization because of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.

The Doylestown branch charter was granted on May 29th, 1958 with a membership of 16. Today the branch consists of 123 members and encourages all who support equality for women to become members.

Each year scholarships and fellowships are given to a deserving Bucks County high school and college student. Their sole fundraiser for this activity is an annual used book sale. It is held at the Plumsteadville Fire Station on Stump Road. The sale will be held Thursday to Saturday, May 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 

If you have any used books you wish to donate, call 215-230-8330.

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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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