NAPW Ocala, FL Local Chapter Announced its Support of Two Local Charities during the Months of September and October to Kick Off its Community Outreach Program

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National Association of Professional Women Ocala, FL Local Chapter adopted Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center and R.A.M.A.L. as local organizations it would support for September and October, respectively. This initiative is part of its ongoing effort to give back to the community of Ocala.

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Any members wishing to donate...are encouraged to bring their donations to the September meeting and we will make sure they are presented along with the $100 Wal-Mart gift card.

Members of the NAPW Ocala, FL Local Chapter gathered on August 28th for a professional networking luncheon at Mimi’s Café, 4414 SW College Road in Ocala. The Chapter kicked off its Community Outreach Program by announcing its support of two local charities, the Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center and R.A.M.A.L., for the months of September and October, respectively.

Lisa Wyatt, NAPW Ocala, FL Local Chapter President, welcomed members Barbara Brooks and Frances Garcia to the luncheon meeting. There was plenty of Chapter business to discuss, including the Chapter’s Community Outreach Program, the need for Chapter volunteers, and much more. To increase attendance and participation, Lisa and the other members decided to ask a friend to attend the next meeting so they could join in the discussions and hopefully consider becoming active members of the NAPW Ocala, FL Local Chapter.

The President announced that Chapter members voted unanimously via email to adopt the Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center as the first recipient of its Community Outreach Program initiative. Those present at the meeting also decided that the Chapter would choose a different charity or organization each month to support.

The Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center works to eliminate domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and other crimes in society. The organization’s mission is to ‘aid, comfort, and empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.’

“The Ocala, FL Chapter will donate a $100 Wal-Mart gift card to this very important cause,” said Lisa.

Member Barbara Brooks will invite a spokesperson from the center to the September Chapter meeting so he/she could educate members and guests on the need for this organization in the community. The gift card will be presented to the spokesperson at the September meeting. A flyer with information about an upcoming fundraiser for the organization will be sent to members.

If anyone wishes to donate on their own, the following items are needed: food such as meat, cheese, butter, eggs, milk, sugar; cleaning supplies such as bleach, washing powder, etc.; and personal hygiene items (a good idea is to collect motel soaps, lotions, shampoos, and conditioners whenever possible to donate to this needy cause).    Call 351-4009 for more information.

“Any members wishing to donate any of these items are encouraged to bring their donations to the September meeting and we will make sure they are presented along with the $100 Wal-Mart gift card,” said Lisa.

For October, the Chapter’s Community Outreach Program will benefit a scholarship for a young woman involved with R.A.M.A.L. (Reach, Aim, Motivate, and Lead). This organization is an educational and social services agency founded by member Barbara Brooks. Barbara said she will be bringing a spokesperson from R.A.M.A.L. to speak to members and guests at the Chapter’s October meeting.

Another member present at the August meeting, Frances Garcia, relayed that her church has a special needs project helping women and children. The Chapter will consider this organization for the November and December Community Outreach Programs initiatives.

“We are hoping to help at least a couple of families during the upcoming holiday season,” said Lisa, thanking Frances for her suggestion.

Another Chapter member, Alyson Ferrer, had emailed Lisa with a request for donations of time and manpower to help an event scheduled for October 5th in support of CARE, A Conference on Human Trafficking presented by Women at Risk, Int. Lisa encouraged Alyson to attend the Chapter’s September meeting to speak more about the organization and event and pledged to present Alyson with a $50 gift certificate from the Chapter for the cause.

The President next announced the need for a volunteer to handle the Chapter’s Social Media. Lisa said she will submit an attachment to the Chapter minutes stating NAPW Guidelines for Social Media and the benefits thereof to see if a member at large can fulfill this important task. Lisa will continue to take meeting minutes, however, Barbara volunteered to submit the meeting times and venues each month to the Ocala Star Banner, a local newspaper.

“Hopefully the posting under “Meetings” will encourage both current and future members to join the NAPW Ocala, Fl Local Chapter,” said Lisa.

Also discussed was whether the Chapter could post a link to NAPW Ocala, FL members for networking members’ businesses; the President said she would further research this.

The August meeting concluded with a drawing for a $50 gift certificate. Barbara Brooks was the lucky winner. Lisa congratulated Barbara and extended a thank you to her and Frances Garcia for their continued support of the Chapter.

“A huge thank you to both Barbara and Frances for being at every meeting we have had so far as we establish our presence in the Ocala, FL area,” said Lisa. “We are all eager to meet more of our members at our next meeting!”

The next NAPW Ocala, FL Local Chapter meeting is scheduled for September 25th at 12:00pm at Mimi’s Café.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.

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