November 2020
By Women, For Women
Grant Recipients Announced at 2020 Annual Meeting
Project W announced the winners of the 2020 Grants at their virtual Annual Meeting held on Wednesday, October 28th.
DCCC Educational Foundation - New Choices Career Development Program was awarded the high impact grant of $29,100 to assist women affected by layoffs caused by COVID-19 closures through individualized career counseling, training plans and a laptop training program.
Delaware County Women Against Rape (DC WAR) was awarded the $9,700 grant to provide continued counseling and pilot a counseling program for women in prison who have reported sexual abuse prior to incarceration.

Valley Youth House Committee, Inc. was awarded the $9,700 grant to help young women ages 18 - 24 retain housing and stability following exit from foster care or homelessness.
Introducing the Women Connect Series
Project W is pleased to introduce a new monthly program as a means to keep us all connected, especially during the pandemic when we cannot get together in person. 

  • December session is Thursday, December 10 from 7pm-8pm - "Year Ahead" - we will discuss Project W programs for 2021, after receiving and incorporating feedback from members at the "Year in Review" session, member surveys and grant applicant surveys. More information to come.

  • In 2021, we will feature guest speakers, many of whom are Project W members who will discuss topics related to women and families. We welcome any members who would like to lead a topic. Please email
Member Spotlight
Susan is a political activist and currently serves as a Communication and Public Affairs Consultant for Jacobson Strategic Communications. She enjoys biking, reading, traveling, and volunteering in her spare time. Susan champions women's causes, and volunteers her time as a board member with several organizations: Bryn Mawr Hospital Women's Board, Represent PA, and Hope Partnership Development. Susan truly embodies what it means to be a Project W Member!
What inspired you to join Project W?
Having grown up in Haverford Township, I have an affinity for Delaware County! My entire life my parents were involved in township and county politics, and the community in general, and I often tagged along. I feel like I know the county so well- its strengths and challenges. Project W's mission of "committing to enhancing and improving the quality of life for women in Delaware County, through collective giving, by women," spoke to me. I see Project W as an organization that provides an opportunity for members to give back and make an impact. (And of course Lauren's outreach phone call to me was so inspiring and compelling, I had to join!)
Anything that you want to share as the new Membership Chairperson?
I'm hoping we can inspire other women to see the benefits of joining a giving circle that supports and helps programs in our local community, Delaware County. I think people are looking for ways to help their community at this juncture and Project W provides just this. Members can select their level of involvement- perfect for busy women.
Favorite quote? 
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. (attributed to Dante )
Favorite Thanksgiving tradition? 
Gathering with family and seeing my adult children's friends who are home visiting their families for Thanksgiving.
Fun Fact?
Ran Bill Clinton’s field campaign for SE PA in 1992 and served in his administration as Regional Administrator of the SBA.
Key Dates

November 11 - Women Connect Series: "Year in Review" at 7 pm: click here for the zoom link

December 10 - Women Connect Series: "Year Ahead" at 7 pm. More information to come.

December 31 - Deadline to apply for Fellowship Program. Click here for more information and to apply for the Project W Fellowship Program

January 15, 2021 - Deadline to renew or join Project W for 2021. Click here for more information to renew or join!
Grantee Updates
Family Promise
In April, Project W members donated over $4,500 to Family Promise of Delaware County as part of the COVID-19 effort. We received a recent update in October:  During these trying times, both in our community and country wide, we thank you for opening your heart to the families here at Family Promise.

Our families stayed at the Day Center 24/7 from mid-March thru mid-June when they finally got their new homes. Starting this month, we presently have two families including 8 children. They are again staying at the Day Center full time, as staying with congregations won't resume til early 2021.
Women's Resource Center
Women's Resource Center shared an abbreviated presentation at the Annual Meeting to let us know how they were able to use the 2019 grant from Project W. The full version can be seen here.

The Breathing Room
The Breathing Room Foundation also provided us with a summary of how Project W's 2019 grants impacted their clients.  Click here to see their presentation
2021 Membership Drive Underway

Membership for 2021 is underway. Renew or Join now! Our grants are even more important as nonprofits face decreased funding due to the pandemic. Your membership makes it possible for us to make an immediate impact.
Deadline is January 15, 2021
Project W Fellowship Program

Delco women ages 21-35: we are offering 4 free annual memberships to Project W; To apply online, click here: . Click here for more information. Please pass this on to interested individuals. Deadline to apply is December 31, 2020.
Stay Tuned
Upcoming Information Sessions

We will be hosting virtual information sessions for new and prospective members. Be on the lookout for more information and encourage your friends to tune in.
Holiday Volunteer Group Project

Holiday Volunteer Group Project - We are planning a group project for the Holidays. More information to come.
Member Survey

We value your feedback and comments. As we conclude our second year, please let us know about your experience with Project W by completing this anonymous survey:
Be Part of the Project W Story
Women can have a significant impact by pooling our resources and recognizing organizations that make a difference for women in Delaware County. In the process, YOU will be in the fellowship of other community-minded women and learn more about the many organizations that enrich and improve our daily lives.

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