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GET INVOLVED  |  EVENTS  |  GIVE September 2021
WGA's Grant Supports Program with New Spanish-Speaking Coordinator
As WGA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, we highlight one of WGA's Grants - Barnabas Center's Hope Builders for Women Program. The program focuses on housing, healthcare, employment, and works to address the inequities associated with a lack of income and education resources.

Barnabas has recently hired Priscilla Maldonado, a native Spanish speaker, to its staff as Resource Coordinator for the program. Priscilla works with the Hispanic community to gain access to resources and essential programs. Though the number of Spanish-speaking participants in Hope Builders for Women is currently small, Priscilla knows the need is present in the community.

"The language barrier is a primary challenge." Priscilla says. "This creates hurdles for the women in their ability to move forward. Not being able to communicate in English hinders the ability to find employment and weakens confidence. The prospect of furthering education becomes discouraging." By offering program resources in Spanish, Barnabas enhances its ability to serve the whole community. "This is a willing, eager, and passionate population of women. They appreciate the help and are thriving in the program," Priscilla says.

Barnabas is Nassau County's only comprehensive service center devoted to helping those in need thrive as healthy citizens.

For more information about Hope Builders and Barnabas Center, click here.
WGA's Proposed Member Dues Reallocation
We hope you received a letter in the mail from Jan Healy, WGA President, last month proposing a Steering Committee recommended reallocation of the annual member contribution. This proposed reallocation of your $1,500 will increase the contribution to the grant pool and operating expenses, while continuing to contribute to the endowment, albeit at a slower rate. Importantly, your $1,500 annual contribution remains the same.

A Leadership Team member will attend the Fall Connector events to answer any questions. In addition, an open Zoom call with TCF and WGA Leadership members will be held on October 5th (12-1 PM) for member questions. To register for the Zoom call and review Frequently Asked Questions login to the WGA Members page. A ballot will be electronically sent to all members by October 12 for your vote. We encourage you to learn about this proposed reallocation by taking advantage of these opportunities, and then to vote when the ballot arrives in your inbox. Thank you for considering this proposed change.
20th Anniversary Founder and Legacy Luncheon!
As part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations, WGA hosted a luncheon on Sept. 17th at the Cummer Museum to honor the Founding Members who created the vision for WGA and the Legacy Members who help to ensure our future. We celebrated Courtenay Wilson, one of WGA's Founders, with a WGA legacy membership.

The event debuted our 20th Anniversary video, followed by a social lunch, activities showcasing why attendees are proud to be a part of WGA, and a tour of the beautiful Rebecca Louise Law: The Journey art exhibit.

As we continue to celebrate WGA's history, our members and partners, we're reminded that legacy and planned giving are key factors in ensuring our future growth and advancing our mission.

Learn more about planned giving and Legacy Membership, click here.
Support Afghan Refugees Arriving in NEFL
Jacksonville is receiving many Afghan families for local resettlement. For those interested in helping these refugees safely settle in northeast Florida, Catholic Charities Jacksonville and Lutheran Social Services are two nonprofit agencies working in partnership with the Federal government to manage these resettlements. Both agencies are WGA grantee partners and need the community's help to provide for these individuals and families who have survived unimaginable trauma. Financial donations and basic home supplies are needed, learn more by visiting their websites.

Thank you for considering helping improve the lives of these Afghani women, girls and families who will be settling in Northeast Florida. Also, WGA has contacted both agencies regarding applying for a WGA grant to support any funding gaps for this effort.
Annual Meeting - Celebration of Grantees and 20 Year Impact Together
OCT 20 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: UNF UNIVERSITY CENTER
Price: $35 (Lunch will be provided); $45 after October 8

Join us October 20th for our Annual Meeting, an awe-inspiring celebration where we will be honoring our partners over the past 20 years: our grantee agencies and community friends. Members and guests can expect a delicious lunch, an inspiring opening poem from Ms. Niveah Glover (Jacksonville Arts and Music student), a lively program including a special cake cutting ceremony, WGA memorabilia, and much more. You won't want to miss this exciting celebration with fellow WGA Members, partners and friends!

Masking and social distancing protocols will be in place. For the safety of all, we ask that you be vaccinated or have a negative COVID test prior to attending. We hope to see you in person. For those that are uncomfortable or unable to attend, we are planning a live streaming option.
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TODAY! Education Event: Access to Emergency Services in NEFL

SEPT 23 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: ZOOM

In the State of Florida, 46% of households live in poverty or are ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed); where approximately 7,792,605 households are still struggling to make ends meet. On average in the State of Florida, 13% of these households were living below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and 33% were ALICE households who earned above the FPL, but not enough to afford basic household necessities. With food insecurity, low wages, limited access to affordable housing, health concerns, access to technology resources, natural disasters and much more, many families are one paycheck from being homeless.

Join WGA for a panel discussion from local nonprofit agencies who provide resources and access to services that help families dealing with emergency financial and food assistance in short- and long-term situations. Panel includes: Lori Richards, BEAM; Colleen Rodriguez, Jewish Family & Community Services; and Jennifer Reynolds, Barnabas.

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Lunching with Legislators: Breaking Down Barriers to Advocacy
SEPT 29 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: ZOOM

Learn how to be an effective advocate! Join us to hear from local legislators, Senator Audrey Gibson and Representative Cyndi Stevenson, about how we can be more effective advocates. As Sabeen Perwaiz as the moderator, they will discuss what gets legislators attention, how to make the most of your time and theirs during session, and what they see as pressing issues facing women and girls today in Florida.
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WGA Connector Events
Join WGA members at an upcoming Connector Event! Remember you may attend any Connector, regardless of where you live. Invite a friend!

• 9/23 | 5:30 PM (Zoom) - San Marco [POSTPONED]
• 10/5 | 6 PM - North Beaches
• 10/12 | 5 PM - Mandarin, Deerwood and Orange Park
• 10/13 | 5:30 PM - Riverside/Avondale/Ortega
• 10/14 | 7 PM - Ponte Vedra, Marsh Landing, St. Johns County
• 11/2 | 4 PM - Nassau County
Member Survey: Grantmaking
WGA Annual Report
WGA Member Survey respondents are open to maximizing the effectiveness of grantmaking through new strategies including longer-term grants (84%), grantmaking with an equity lens (82%), and targeted grants to deliver on specific missions (80%). We heard you! You will hear more about our exciting 2022 grant strategy and plans at the Annual Meeting on October 20!
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