October 2021
By Women, For Women
September Kick-Off Meetings
Two kickoff events in September brought members together in person for the first time since the pandemic.
Member Sightings

Kaitlin Fagan, Maribel Rodriguez and Lauren Sustersic volunteered at Tyler Aboretum's Lucille Garden on a beautiful Saturday morning. Maribel learned how to harvest bulam squash from Sara, whose internship was funded by Project W's grant. 
Fellowship member Erin Damico recently made a clothing donation to Nana's Attic, a thrift store located in Lawrence Park Shopping Center in Broomall. Nana's Attic proceeds support Domestic Abuse Project’s programming and services and all clients of DAP shop at Nana’s Attic for free. Erin mentioned that "all the women who work there were lovely."
Membership Campaign for 2022
Members, please don't delay! Renewing your membership will ensure our ability to provide impactful grants in the upcoming year. 
Learn More About Project W - Information Sessions
Information sessions via Zoom will be held for those interested in learning more about becoming a member of Project W. Both sessions start at 7pm
Fellowship Program
We are offering a free annual membership to four women ages 21-35 years old. To learn more about this program and to apply, click here
Introducing the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee - DEIA
The purpose of this committee is to raise awareness through shared conversations and education on the current and important topics of social justice and equity while supporting Project W’s mission.

The committee will be hosting a series of conversations on various topics related to DEIA. The goal of the “Shared Conversations Series” is to create a safe and relaxed environment where friends can come together over a glass of wine to discuss the critical topics of social justice and equity.

The topic of our first discussion is “Defining Social Justice & Equity."  It will be held on Tuesday October 26th via Zoom from 7:00pm-8:15pm. Bring your own beverage and your willingness to share your thoughts and ideas and participate in collective learning.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!
To learn more about co-chairs Donna Maple and Ariadne Rodriguez Petrucelli, read the Member Spotlight section below.
Stay Tuned for Volunteering Opportunity
On Tuesday, November 2nd, we are planning a volunteer project to do fall cleanup at the residences of those receiving services from Senior Community Services. A separate email will be sent with more details.
Member Spotlight
Let’s take a moment to get to know our new DEIA Chairs, Donna Maple and Ariadne Rodriguez Petrucelli. 
Donna is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, she held several positions in property management. Donna joined Project W as a way to give back to the community and work alongside women that are just as passionate about using their resources to help the less fortunate. Outside of Project W, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and enjoys being a part of this organization filled with strong, powerful, and uplifting women. In her free time, Donna enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and playing tennis. 

“There’s nothing like witnessing the impact of what we can accomplish as a group.” 
Ariadne worked as an engineer for General Electric in both the Turbine and Aerospace Divisions. After obtaining her MS in Engineering and her MBA, she transitioned career paths and spent time traveling the world working in business development. Ariadne is very proud of her cross-cultural and cross-functional team building experiences. She joined Project W because she loved the opportunity of being part of such a special organization and being able to make an impact on the community. Along with Project W, Ariadne has been involved with Girl Scouts of America, Operation Smile, Smile Train and the Episcopal Academy's DEI Committee. She enjoys spending time with family, volunteering with her therapy dogs, traveling, cooking, blogging, and staying active with running, skiing, and yoga. 

“One of the most impactful things from my experience with Project W is seeing the amazing things that great women working together can accomplish.” 
Key Dates
  • HAPPENING NOW: Membership drive until December 1
  • October 26 via Zoom: DEIA Shared Conversation Series "Defining Social Justice & Equity"
  • October 27 via Zoom: Information Session for prospective members 
  • November 2:  ​Volunteer with Senior Community Services. More details to come.
  • November 9 via Zoom: Information Session for prospective members 
  • November 12: Deadline to apply for the Fellowship program
  • December 1: Membership deadline to join or renew
  • January 3: Grant dollars announced
  • January 3: Grant application available for submission
  • February 11: Grant application submission deadline
  • March through May: Grant review committee meetings and site visits
  • June 15: SAVE THE DATE for the Annual Meeting
Grantee Updates
Our 2021 grantees share some success stories
Wesley House Shelter provides emergency housing for families and individuals. Read about how Wesley was able to help a 29-year-old single mother and her two children.
Mitzvah Circle Foundation provides over 100 products to families facing a crisis, including clothing, diapers, new strollers and car seats, toiletries, household items and other necessities. Read about how these items helped Diane and her family during a difficult time.
John J. Tyler Arboretum received a grant to fund a full-time internship specifically designed for adult women with disabilities with an interest in horticulture who would like to gain hands-on work experience operating a 1.25-acre organic fruit, herb and vegetable farm, in which 100% of the fresh produce is donated to the Media Food Bank. Read about Sara's work at Tyler here. 
Project W would like to thank the Pennoni Family Foundation, the 
Von Seldeneck Fund and the Zidek Family Foundation for their sponsorship.
Participate in the Amazon Smile Program and Help Raise Money for TCF and Project W
Project W is a program of The Community's Foundation. You can support Project W and TCF when you shop on Amazon through its Amazon Smile Program.  Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to TCF. To sign up click here: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-2354770
Be Part of the Project W Story
Less than 8 cents of every dollar given through organized philanthropy in America is targeted to women. 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.

Be Part of the Project W Story