welcome new PHILANTHROPY CHAIR – GWENDOLYN LYNCH
we will vote on berlin charity for AWC Berlin fundraising 2023-2024 at our annual general meeting on december 12, 2022.
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 will be presented to the membership for a final vote at the AGM in December. Once an organization is selected, we will begin fundraising efforts in 2023.
UKRAINIAN EMERGENCY AID IN COLLABORATION WITH BEYOND LIMITS
In March 2022, together with Beyond Limits, AWC Berlin raised 4125 Euro to benefit Aktion Deutschland Hilft – Emergency Aid Ukraine in March 2022. Aktion Deutschland Hilft is a coalition of 23 German relief organizations working together on the humanitarian response to the war in Ukraine. Click here to read our final report.
EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR AFGHANISTAN
In August of 2021 — in just over one week — , AWC Berlin conducted a fundraising campaign in support of Ascend Athletics and the women and girls of Afghanistan has successfully concluded. Our members contributed a total of 2.560,00 EUR, which the Club matched. With the match, AWC Berlin made a donation to Ascend Athletics in the amount of 5.120,00 EUR. Additionally, independent of the fundraising campaign, many AWC Berlin members made individual contributions totaling 3.734,50 EUR. Collectively, therefore, our AWC Berlin community donated an astounding 8.854,50 EUR. A heartfelt thank you to the AWC Berlin community for its incredible support and generosity!
90-ENVELOPES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR PAPATYA
From February 17 to March 8, 2021, AWC Berlin successfully conducted our 90-Envelopes Challenge, the first fundraiser for Papatya, our local Berlin charity for 2021-2022. With this fundraiser, we will be helping PAPATYA update its facilities: replacing flooring for the main living area and renovating bedrooms. Results: Total Donation to the Campaign: 5721 Euro. Total # of donors: 102 (99 AWC, 3 non-members). Adding in Cooking Club’s donation of 145 euro and an extra donation of 30 euro = TOTAL 5886 Euro raised for Papatya so far.
Finishing our support for our Local Charity Selection 2021-2022
In December 2020, our members voted to select PAPATYA as our local Berlin charity for 2021-2022. PAPATYA offers protection and assistance to girls and young women with a migration background who have fled their homes due to cultural and family conflicts and are threatened by their families.
From February 17 – March 5, 2021: In honor of AWC Berlin’s 90th anniversary this year, we brought you a fundraiser: the 90-Envelopes Challenge and raised xxx Euro. With this fundraiser, we helped PAPATYA update its facilities: replacing flooring for the main living area and renovating bedrooms.
For more information, please contact our Philanthropy Chair, Gwendolyn Lynch, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FAWCO Target Project
In November 2020, AWC Berlin became a Topaz Level Donor for FAWCO Target Project 2019-2022 addressing Women’s Health. We thank members and friends who particpated in our Summer of Fun-Raising, raising a total of 5500 Euro for the FAWCO Target Project. Our club’s logo and donation amount is on the Club Donor Wall on the FAWCO Foundation website.
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.
During the first quarter of 2020, at the end of February, AWC offered an evening of soul food in celebration of Black History Month. Our menu included culinary items representative of southern cooking, including corn bread, candied yams, and black-eyed peas, just to name a few. We followed traditional recipes and cooked everything with love and dedication. After two hours working hard in the kitchen, we served a complete meal including 2 starters, a main dish, some delicious sides and dessert. When the families popped by the kitchen to ask for seconds or to express their gratitude for the tasty food, we knew we had done something right!
Unfortunately, during the pandemic, we have not been able to cook for the house since March 2020. However, AWC Berlin continues our support for RMDH by sponsoring Apartment #8 for the full year. For more information on volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House, please contact email@example.com.