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It is my 50th Birthday on February 23rd 2020 and I cannot feel more grateful for all the love and friendships in my life and for who I have become because of all the people who have inspired, supported, mentored and celebrated me.
I feel so much love for all the women who have come into my life, trusting me with their stories, sharing so openly and generously of their love and energy in my Female Sensual Qigong circles. I cannot be more passionate about women coming together to connect heart to heart, build dreams and make magic together.
It is for this reason I am so very proud to bepart of the amazing group of women of Impact 100 Jersey Coast; a growing international women’s movement providing high impact grants to Monmouth County nonprofits.
So when I am asked what I would like for my 50th Birthday this year, it is with strong passion I am wishing for a donation towards the renewal of my membership of this incredibly powerful organization to help continue changing lives locally in our neighborhoods and communities.
I hope to inspire you to read a little further below to learn more about the founders and the impact they have made. Maybe even inspire you to become a member yourself -membership for this year closes March 15th.
Back in 2016, 145 women came together to make their first grant of 145,000 in Monmouth County. that goes toward “transformational grants” to local nonprofits in the county.
Last year 440 women were able to give 4 grants of 110,000 dollars to 4 incredible local not for profits. This year the women of Impact 100 Jersey Coast are hoping to gather 500 members to be able to give 5 grants to local not for profits serving all of 5 focus areas; Arts and Culture, Children and Families, Education, Environment, Parks and Recreation, and Health and Wellness.
Impact has resonated with hundreds of women from all walks of life in our community. The story they are telling here in Monmouth county and other chapters throughout the country, offers a new model of philanthropy and collective action in a world that seems increasingly divided.
The incredible 4 nonprofit organizations who won a grant last year!
Asbury Park Music Foundation
Music Business & Technology Youth Program
This program engages low-income youth with a life-changing experience that leverages their passion for music into an education in technology and business. Creative, project-based learning will build skills in audio technology, video production and record label media promotion, while establishing self-esteem and talents aligned with music industry jobs. Creating a network of musicians and non-musicians will help shape the lives of students and give them a role in the music culture of our community. We will use music’s unique appeal to lead youth into learning tech-based career skills that increase their economic mobility.
“Student Environmental Advocates and Leaders (SEAL)”
Youth spend too much social time with technology and not enough socializing with peers in thoughtful and productive activities or dialogue. They spend little time outdoors learning and marveling at its wonders. In fact, now the environment itself is a source of anxiety due to climate change, plastics, chemical pollution, and predicted mass extinction of wildlife. In response, COA seeks to turn its new office into a center of environmental stewardship for underserved communities where, through a strategic and well-defined program, high school students will be empowered to become mindful and resourceful leaders: Student Environmental Advocates and Leaders (SEAL) is based on COA’s years of successful student-focused program experience.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Monmouth County (CASA)
“Expansion of Services to At Risk Foster Youth”
CASA seeks to expand services to reach additional at-risk youth by implementing the newly created CASA of Monmouth County growth plan. The plan will provide for at least 55 never before served foster children to be assigned to Monmouth County CASA Advocates each year over the next five years, until eventually all of the 553 children in Monmouth County’s foster care system have been assigned a much-needed CASA volunteer. What this means is that the grant from Impact 100 will ensure that at least 110 never before served children in care will have been assigned a CASA advocate by the end of the grant period in 2021.
St. Marks Center for Community Renewal
“Kitchen Expansion and Modernization”
We operate a USDA approved “soup” kitchen and extensive food pantry. This project will expand and modernize the existing antiquated and undersized kitchen to better serve our guests and to provide additional opportunities for volunteers. Upon completion, we will have the facilities to also provide a variety of nutrition education opportunities for the community. Plans include providing guests and outside organizations with facilities for classes, demonstrations, experiences in the culinary arts, as well as allowing more volunteers in the kitchen during preparation and service. We will expand hours to include occasional evenings. We will add delivery services for guests who are elderly, disabled, or do not have transportation.