Even though many of our activities are curtailed, MWI is still doing what we do best: Making a Difference in the lives of local people in need.
MWI women were asked to vote daily for the LI Imagine Awards fan favorite $3000 award...our members voted daily and, on 7/8, THE BOOK FAIRIES won the grant and is using the money to buy new books and distribute them to local children! Meadowbrook Women's Initiative has again made a difference. Congratulations to THE BOOK FAIRIES and thank you, thank you to all MWI members!
MEADOWBROOK WOMEN'S INITIATIVE believes that no one should be hungry. June Stelboum and the MWI Board suggested and approved this contribution to Island Harvest, Long Island's largest food-relief organization. Here is the response from Joan Flynn, Business Development Manager at Island Harvest:
"A generous $5,000 contribution from Meadowbrook Women’s Initiative will support the purchasing and distribution of more than 7,500 meals to families, seniors, veterans and other vulnerable populations. Your support will enable Island Harvest to increase our capacity to purchase and then safely and quickly distribute food and supplies to those most in need on Long Island during this unprecedented crisis."
To date, MWI has contributed more that $20,000 to Island Harvest to support Long Island's food insecure. See our Philanthropy page for details.
MWI has donated crocheted blankets, hats and scarves to LI women and children at Bethany House, a homeless shelter. Below is the response:
Dear Ms. Metzger and the Ladies of The Meadowbrook Women’s Initiative,
My name is Janet Goldstein and I volunteer monthly at the Bethany House, a homeless shelter for women and children. The Bethany House runs numerous shelters throughout Nassau County for women and children in need of emergency or transitional housing. I cook and serve a meal monthly and tutor the younger children when needed. A fellow congregant from my Temple, Phyllis Biernick, approached me about donating blankets that she and other members of MWI had crocheted. She brought me the incredible blankets you’ve spent what must be endless hours crocheting. There are dozens, and they will be very well received. I brought them to one of the Bethany Houses where the directors were having a meeting. They were speechless when they saw the amount that was made. They were so appreciative!
The impact of your gift to the Bethany House is far reaching. The women and children that temporarily stay at one of the houses will be given one of your blankets. It may be seen by some as a covering for sleep or rest, but these women and children see it as a source of comfort. When they are ready to leave the Bethany House to begin the independent leg of their journey, they’re given the blanket to take with them. This source of comfort follows them into this next phase of their future. Thank you for this wonderful gift. You truly are a blessing. Thank you for all you do.