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Welcome to Prachi Shah, our new Philanthropy Chair. Prachi currently works as the Chief of Staff for a German medical company and holds a B.S. in Finance from Rutgers University. Prior to moving to Berlin, she volunteered on Junior Boards in NYC and Washington D.C., focusing on the arts and education. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and exploring Berlin’s rich cultural and art scene.

AWC Berlin has two ongoing beneficiaries: globally, we contribute to the FAWCO Target Program, supporting the rights of women and children in the areas of Education, Environment, Health and Human Rights; and locally in Berlin, we have been supporting the Ronald McDonald House Berlin since 2004. In addition, each year, we make donations for specific projects, as nominated by AWC members on behalf of local charities working to improve the lives of women and girls.

We have two important philanthropic events this year: The Auction of Talents on June 15, 2024 and our 130th Anniversary Charity Gala on September 21st, 2024. Both are open to partners and friends. Please register on Wild Apricot and support the Club and our Charity.

The FAWCO Target Project

In May 2023, AWC Berlin became a TULIP Level Donor for FAWCO Target Project 20123-2026 addressing Women and the Environment.  We thank members and friends who have donated thus far, raising a total of 935 Euro for the FAWCO Target Project. Our club’s logo and donation amount is on the Club Donor Wall on the FAWCO Foundation website.

Local Charity – REdi School selected for AWC Berlin fundraising 2023-2024

Every 2 years, our members select a local Berlin-based charity for our Club to support with fundraising, in-kind donations and when possible, volunteering.  Organization must be Berlin-based, focus on women and children, and funding request should be for a specific project, not for sustaining the organization. Nominations have been vetted by the Philanthropy Committee and the finalists are voted on by the membership at the AGM.

Our club members voted to support ReDI School of Digital Integration as our local charity for 2023-2024. ReDI School was founded in 2015 in Berlin to make it easier for refugees to integrate and find work in the IT industry. ReDI School offers free education to break down barriers and connect the leaders of tomorrow. Since founding the first ReDI School, more than 7,600 students from over 107 nations have been trained for the German job market. Today 60% of the students are female. With the support of AWC Berlin, ReDI School aims to build on their successful Digital Kids Workshops & Womens Tech Workshops and create a 1-semester pilot project in 4 refugee camps, training resident women as Assistant Trainers for their Digital Kids Workshops at the refugee homes.
Ongoing support of The Ronald McDonald House

Our Club is an active supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Berlin (RMDH).  Located just a few blocks from the Charite Campus Virchow-Klinikum, RMDH is designed to be a temporary residence for families whose child is receiving prolonged medical treatment at the clinic for serious illnesses. Families normally spend the day at the clinic and come home to the RMDH physically and emotionally exhausted, still worried about their child, and in need of nutritious, comforting food.  One way in which the AWC supports the RMDH is by cooking for the resident families. 

Every quarter, the AWC spends one Thursday evening cooking for the families in a truly rewarding experience. The AWC RMDH team – currently comprised of Silvia Malo and Dawna Grand – designs a menu following a particular theme for the evening, shops for the necessary groceries, and organizes a team of AWC members who have volunteered to cook.  Everyone comes together on Thursday evening to collectively cook the recipes from start to finish on the premises of the RMDH. 

For more information on volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House, please contact rmdh@awcberlin.org.

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