Community

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.

The National Community Involvement Chair, Kathryn Binau encourages and supports charity involvement.

Molly Efron Scholarship

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. We are pleased to announce that there will be two $1,000 scholarships available for 2022. The application deadline along with all supporting documentation is due no later than 5 PM on Friday, February 25, 2022. The scholarship is open to all female Monroe County high school graduating seniors who are attending a STEM program at an accredited four-year college or university in the Fall of 2022.

Please find the application at the attached link: 2022 Molly Efron Scholarship Form – Google Forms

Questions? Please reach out to Scholarship co-chairs, Robin Brasser Robin.Brasser@Xerox.com or Amy Porter Amy.Porter@Xerox.com.


Donations to the Molly Efron Scholarship Fund can be made directly to the Community Foundation. See below for options:

  • Visit www.racf.org/SupportEfron to submit a gift online.
  • Make a check out to Rochester Area Community Foundation with Efron Scholarship in the memo line, and mail it to the Community Foundation, 500 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.

2021 Molly Efron Scholarship Winners:               
The Selection Committee is pleased to announce the two winners for the 2020/2021 Molly Efron Scholarship. Each student will receive $1000 to put towards their educational expenses.

Victoria Usachev   

Victoria will be graduating from Penfield High School. She is a 1st generation American who will be graduating at the top of her class. In addition to exceling in math and science, she has demonstrated her abilities with the cello. In the fall she will be attending University of Rochester majoring in Optical Engineering.

Claire Steckley

Claire will be graduating from Irondequoit High School. Not only does she excel with her studies, she is active outside the classroom as well. She is a staff writer for the school paper and was on both the Field Hockey and Nordic high school teams. This fall she will be attending Villanova University majoring in
Chemical Engineering.

2020 Molly Efron Scholarship Winners:   

Teagan Allart (pictured on the left) is a  graduate of Pittsford Mendon High School. She is attending University of Buffalo to study Chemical Engineering.

Hannah Ruth (pictured on the right) is a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy High School. She is studying Architecture at the University of Buffalo.

Zonta International

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 clothing and prepare women for a brighter future like:

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 Kathryn Binau to access the Project Plan Library.

What’s Your Story?

We want to share how our members are contributing to their communities. Send your chapter or individual volunteer highlights to Kathryn Binau

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