Dear members and friends of The Women's Fund,

Women and families in our community are more vulnerable right now than at any other time in the 10-year grantmaking history of The Women's Fund. Now, more than ever, our collective gifts of time, talent, and treasure are needed to provide vital support to our non-profit partners.

Social distancing and drastic business changes forced by the coronavirus pandemic are hitting everyone hard. We recognize that through it all, our grantees will still be serving this community to the extent they can, and still needing to cover their operational expenses in the face of extreme uncertainty about where funding will come from over the next few months.

We are currently in the process of connecting with our grantees, past and present, about their needs, and will be making special COVID-19 emergency grants. We are reviewing our grantmaking options to understand how we might support local relief efforts when we have a better idea of where the need is greatest. Expediting grant funds, extending spending deadlines, considering an agency’s changing needs - all are under discussion. Our members have an important role to play in this process as we communicate the information we receive and request participation in assessing which needs The Women's Fund can address. 

What are your concerns for our community right now? What needs are you hearing about from the nonprofits you follow? We are in this together, for the long haul, and we want to hear from you. Please reach out and tell us how you're doing.

Let’s meet this moment with same spirit of hope that launched this organization just over a decade ago. Hope has sustained us through the years of investing in, and caring for, our community. It is with hope that we’ll continue the work of helping women and their families during this critical time.

In solidarity,
Lori McNeill, Cabinet Chair
The Women's Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation
In light of the COVID-19 situation and Governor Newsom’s requirement that all Californians shelter in place and practice social distancing guidelines, The Women’s Fund finds it necessary to cancel this year’s scheduled Men’s Membership Event. When restrictions are lifted and it is safe, The Women’s Fund will consider hosting this event at a later date. The event will definitely resume in 2021.

The Women’s Fund would like to thank Scott Wlodarczyk , co-owner and manager of Woody’s Brewing Company , for offering to open their facility on April 27, a Monday when they are normally closed, for the Men’s Membership Event. Woody’s has been incredibly generous to The Women’s Fund. Woody’s is open for take-out orders. We can help show our appreciation for their generosity to the Redding community by ordering take-out from Woody’s during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Women’s Fund would also like to thank Joe Chimenti , Shasta County Supervisor, for agreeing to be the Men’s Ambassador for this year’s event.

Questions regarding this event should be addressed to Noella Pearson , 2020 Men’s Event Chairperson and Women’s Fund Cabinet Member.