Mission: Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc. (COSIA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate a sense of sisterhood among women and to enhance the lives of those whom they support. At COSIA, we develop supportive networks that are not limited by age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion; utilize these networks as resources to produce affordable events and programs that promote team-building and the pursuit of personal and professional life goals and objectives; and support through fundraising and volunteer activities socially conscious initiatives and programs that benefit girls and women from underserved communities.
Results: We have brought unemployed and underemployed women to our annual conference, provided volunteer services and financial support to our charity beneficiary, and facilitated workshop and seminar experiences for women in the New York/New Jersey/CT Tri-State Area and Washington State.
Donations to COSIA have helped us to support not only our mission, but also Operation Longthrust Summer Youth Camp, the Lower Eastside Girls Club, Save the Children, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, In the Spirit of the Children, Inc., Lola Louis' Creative and Performing Arts Studio, Powerful Voices, and Things of My Very Own, Inc.
Target demographics: women achieve their personal, professional and philanthropic goals.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 women and a nonprofit that serves 5,000 abused and neglected children annually
Geographic areas served: New York and Washington State
Programs: Our programs include a diverse membership program, women's leadership program, charity beneficiary program, volunteer program, and publications internship opportunities.
Professional with expertise in this field,08/05/2011
I joined COSIA several months ago, when I was asked to present a workshop at the annual retreat which just occurred in July. I was able to attend one day of the two day retreat and at that time I met an inspiring group of women and was provided with a context and opportunities to connect, to share and to grow in meaningful ways. In presenting my workshop I was able to discuss race and gender (and specifically racism and sexism) in the workplace with group of participants who were incredibly open and shared diverse, meaningful perspectives and personal experiences. As a participant myself in the remainder of the day, I was challenged in a number of ways that I found growth enhancing. I also had further opportunities to interact with the women who attended the retreat and I continue to feel the positive energy that they emanated with their warmth, intellect, humor, and their commitment to social justice and personal growth and development. COSIA's founder, Lois Reddick is especially inspiring to me. Her vision in forming and growing COSIA and her unwavering passion for and commitment to bringing together a diverse group of women who are able to cultivate a sense of genuine sisterhood is inspiring. I am blessed to a member of this organization and look forward to future interactions with sister members.
Professional with expertise in this field,05/22/2010
COSIA is an extraordinary resource and organization, its members are proactive in there outreach to the community. The members of COSIA have assisted in holiday gift wrapping events on behalf of at-risk youth the organization has also raised funds to aid in providing the youth with emergency needs. Most recently COSIA was instrumental in developing a resource pool of potential mentors for which we are extremely grateful. COSIA has been a life line to both the organization and the youth participants of In the Spirit of the Children, the partnership that has been forged is greatly cherished.