Giving back to the community is an important hallmark of success, and it’s especially important to the women in our organization. In fact, most members are active in their communities through schools, churches and other local groups. The Alliance as a whole also looks for opportunities to help women in the communities we serve. Selected charities focus on health, empowerment, and assisting communities.
In the United States charities must have been granted exemption from Federal Income Tax under Section 501 (c)(3) and ruled to be publicly supported under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Members outside the United States should follow the appropriate tax laws of the country in which the activity and donation take place.
Announcing the #TWAgivesback Challenge!
Boost your personal happiness: Volunteer!
Volunteering to help others boosts personal happiness; a review of research by the Corporation for National and Community Service shows that those who aid the causes they value tend to be happier and in better health. They also show fewer signs of physical and mental aging.
National Volunteer week is April 23-29. TWA challenges all members to participate in one volunteer activity in the month of April. Whether it’s with your chapter, your church, your family and friends or solo… get out and make a difference.
1.Participate in an event
2.Capture your event in a picture or in a few words.
3.Post using #TWAgivesback
Let the sharing begin!
Molly Efron Fund
This scholarship fund was created in memory of Molly Efron, an early member of the Alliance and a role model for technical women at Xerox. Ms. Efron pioneered a Xerox job-sharing program to stay home with her first daughter, Eve. This year’s scholarship deadline is Friday, April 14th, 2017. The scholarship is open to seniors from the Monroe County high schools enrolled in a STEM major at an accredited college in Fall 2017.
Our 2016 TWA International Conference showcased Zonta International, a charity dedicated to the challenge of domestic violence awareness. Zonta International is a global organization of 30,000 committed to empowering women through service and advocacy. They currently have a presence in 66 countries.
Our conference/s silent auction raised over $2,500 which were distributed to all countries represented at the conference. Members also created beautifully decorated journals which will be distributed to the Zonta International participants from the Rochester chapter.
We encourage all chapters and virtual members to contact www.zonta.org to find your local chapter to see how you can continue supporting and uplifting other women.
Chicagoland Chapter Provides Holiday Cheer
Our Chicagoland Chapter partnered with the local Xerox Community Involvement Program (XCIP) to provide a happy holiday for three Chicago Youth Centers. Each year XCIP works with the centers to collect a wish list from all Head Start Preschool participants. Xerox employees select the name of a child and purchase a gift. XCIP then supplements the gifts with a book, hat and gloves for each child.
The Chicagoland chapter offers gift wrapping for $1.00. At the gift wrapping event our members get to share lunch, wrap the donated gifts and network.
On the day of each center’s holiday party Xerox employees dressed as Santa and Elves attend the party and distribute the gifts. For many of these children this is the only holiday gift they receive.
ASSISTING UNDEREMPLOYED JOB SEEKERS
Finding work is only one step in a woman’s journey toward economic independence; remaining employed and building a rewarding career are essential if a woman is to become self-sufficient. TWA has a longstanding history of supporting organizations which clothe and prepare women for a brighter future.
Do you need a little more room in your closet? Jump into spring cleaning and help those in need.
Find a local organization that will accept your business attire and provides career development services. A project plan has already been created as a roadmap for a successful project. Simply ask your chapter president or contact Robin Doran or Pamela Bynum to access the Project Plan Library.