Projects

AAUW Ashland members participate in a number of community activities that support our overall mission of advancing equity for women and girls. Some projects are conducted wholly within our Branch, while others provide support and woman power for mission-related community activities. These are the Branch’s current community projects.

WiN

The Women-In-Need (WiN) project provides support for the women and children of Dunn House, the only domestic violence shelter in Jackson County. Funds are raised by voluntary donations collected at Branch meetings. Among the items we’ve provided through these contributions are bedding, kitchen appliances and equipments, and digital locks. We also purchase bus passes for the residents.

In recognition of the numerous contributions by Ashland AAUW over the years, Community Works, the parent organization behind Dunn House, awarded our branch with one of their prestigious Visionary Awards at their black tie fundraiser in Spring 2014.

Maslow Project

The Maslow Project is a goal-oriented resource center serving homeless youth, ages 0 through 21, which provides needs, as well as on-site access to a variety of services from community partners.  Maslow Project helps youth establish educational, employment, and personal development goals while providing wrap-around case-management services to assist youth in attaining these goals.

We typically raise money through voluntary donations at our annual Holiday Party to purchase gift cards for Maslow clients at Ashland High School.

For more information, contact Victoria Giffin.

AWSEM

We assist with registration and materials at the AWSEM (Advocates for Woman in Science, Engineering, and Math) Symposium at SOU. The conference seeks to increase gender equity for women by encouraging middle school girls to take technical courses and consider future careers in science, engineering,and math.

To learn more about this project, contact Carryl Breon.

Lunch Buddies

Once a month, on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Thursday during the school year, AAUW members have lunch with a girl from grades 2-5 at Helman Elementary School in the Soroptimist Strong Girls Strong Women Program.   Lunch Buddy mentors come from Soroptimist, AAUW, and women in the community, who have an interest in supporting the development of young girls. The girls exhibit increased confidence and delight in the developing relationship with someone who gives THEM undivided attention for this brief time each month.

We see growth in self-confidence and a broadening of future dreams in girls over the past 6 years. If you are interested in becoming a woman who wants to make a difference in the life of a young girl, contact Sara Brown at (541)941-8185 or email at sarambrown38@gmail.com.