WIL Service Committee (SC)
Service – A Vital Part Of Wil’s Mission:
WIL considers service to organizations empowering women in developing areas of the world and women in Philadelphia who are refugees and asylees vital to its overall mission. In 2016, The Nationalities Service Center (NSC) was our service organization. We helped them streamline their front desk protocol for providing information about the organization when people call in, transfer callers to the proper person, and maximize their ability to gather data on callers. In addition, WIL members participated in at least 3 local activities that empowered their clients (a Summer Immigrants’ Day, Backpack Day and the Edible Alphabet program, an ESL cooking class at the Free Library).
The 12 members on the service committee have been kept very busy in 2017.
At WIL’s February 23, 2017 service Poster Presentation and Program, 3 Philadelphia based organizations competed for 2017 WIL service. . The vote was a 3-way tie, showing the commitment and interest of WIL members for all three. Throughout the winter and early spring, we have been working with the organizations to identify their priorities for service.
The Organizations are:
- HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). HIAS has a distinguished history of welcoming and resettling refugees, and faces increased challenges in the present political climate.
- The Philadelphia Serengeti Alliance empowers women in the North Serengeti area of Tanzania by providing a safe water supply using the safe environment to educate and empower young girls.
- The Narenj Tree Foundation provides vital relief supplies to displaced Syrians, and is beginning a new initiative to support Syrian schools and small businesses in Idlib Syria.
Our first Service Day was on June 24, 2017 for Narenj Tree Foundation at their warehouse – sorting supplies. There was an optional lunch at Aroma in King of Prussia which was enjoyable and offered an opportunity for an informal get together. It was lots of work, but great fun. Another service day is scheduled for November 4, 2017 and we look forward to another great day!
In addition to the service days, WIL members have helped the Philadelphia Serengeti Alliance refine their public presentation that they will use for outreach in the community and for fundraising. WIL members have also offered assistance to these organizations in Financial Planning and Social Media Presence. More opportunities for service are coming – stay tuned!
We invite all WIL members to consider Service Involvement. Contact Chris Stanley, for more information.
Service Committee (SC)
Christian Stanley, Co-Chair