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Coastal Women for Change

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Performing Arts

Mission: To help communities become sustainable as they revitalize themselves in a post-Katrina world, to advocate on behalf of the voiceless, to find the resources needed in the rebuilding process, and to bring timely information to the community so it can effectively influence the decisions made about its future.

Results: The group has started programs to help the community and local economy recover, including child care for working women, computer training programs for seniors, a thriving community garden and an annual backpack giveaway for local children. And they are working to help residents respond to future disasters by providing emergency preparedness training. More than anything, however, the group's mission is to empower residents to take part in their local government. CWC members have won seats on the mayor's planning commission, and the group has organized public forums on federal emergency management, education, affordable housing, and how to elevate the voices of poor and minority communities in the wake of an event like Katrina.

Target demographics: empower the

Geographic areas served: Biloxi, Mississippi

Programs: backpack/school supply giveaways, computer training for seniors, community gardening and mentoring for young people.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became aware of CWC during their 3rd Annual Backpack Giveaway. I volunteered through my employeer to help at the event. I was amazed at what this organization was doing for its youth and community. I wanted to be a part of their mission. I have continued to work with this organization because they are making a difference in this community, believe in their community and seek the success of the youth as well as nurturing the senior citizen community as well.

1 Monica55

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CWC is a main vein of life in the city of Biloxi and along the Gulf Coast. Working with CWC has allowed me to meet great people from all walks of life, to honoring and serving the Senior Citizens every year at the senior dinner has always and will be one of my most favorite events. Giving for the book bags give away and the community garden brings smiles to Community faces and joy to their hearts Sharon Hanshaw keep up the great work.

Glenda P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sharon Hanshaw,
It is so much we can say about this wonderful beautiful (young) lady. However, it is not enough space to complete all of what she is to the folks up here in George county. But we will say, may God continue to bless everything Sharon (babygirl) touch and may he bless the circle that he has around her. We will always love this lady. Keep up the good work and keep on smiling and pressing on.
Sending unconditional love to you from the community of Benndale (Lucedale)Mississippi
Immaculate Heart Community Development Corp., Inc.

1 Eric59

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sharon Hanshaw is the great and talented leader behind the Coastal Women for Change. Her professionalism and great organizational skills can be seen throughout this organization. She continues to raise the bar higher each year which is so awesome. If you are looking for a non-profit organization that is community involved then this is the organization that you are looking forward to join.

Mary244

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Sharon Hanshaw is the dynamic leader behind Coastal Women for Change. Her strength is the ability to pull together men and women who actively volunteer. This organization meets the needs of their community. They educate and serve the people of all ages. It began as a disaster relief organization after Hurricane Katrina and developed further as the needs in the community changed. I appreciate their willingness to work with other organizations to expand their ability to provide services.

Loraine H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I read the article in the newspaper on the Henry Beck community garden needing volunters, it was just what I was looking for. I went to the garden, I loved hanging the children's art work up around the building, all of the kid's painting on the white picket feces. I love the fact that the garden is open to the community to enjoy without fees. Ms. Sharon is involved in many other things within the community, it is empowering not only as a woman but as a resident of Biloxi. We all get busy with our days, our jobs, our families.. I know I have but the time I spent with CWC will be a great memory and I hope to reconnect with Ms. Sharon again soon.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coastal Women for Change is a great community organization . They touch every facet of community work-children, youth seniors. They had dealt with transitioning from Hurricane Katrina work to the current trends of the coast. whether it's organizing backpacks giveaways, senior computer classes, senior dinners, toys for tots. They are always on the go. I highly recommend this organization for future funding and volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with many organizations along the Gulf Coast and CWC is one of the best! They take very limited resources and make a huge difference for the folks they serve. Their community garden is incredible and they've helped countless children and families with their backpack give-a-ways.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've known and worked with Sharon for almost three years now. I have been a part of the community garden, packing and distributing backpacks with school supplies, books for children at Christmas, and moving supplies. This is an organization that really does something for the community and just doesn't talk about it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The very first time I met a member of CWC, and heard about all the wonderful things that CWC was doing for the community, I immediately joined this organization. My first event was the school supply give away. The backpack were so full of the needed things. I also worked Toys for Tots, an amazing event helping the families bring a smile to their kids faces. CWC is an amazing organization to become a member of. Mrs Hanshaw is an awesome leader. I'm so proud to be a member of CWC.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

CWC has provided me with the opportunity, as a volunteer, to share in the Youth Detention program which I feel has benefited many Youths. My mentoring through CWC has allowed many youths to develop employment skills, educational goals and improvement in overall conduct. It has been a privilege to service youths and seniors in the community as a volunteer with CWC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with CWC to provide programs for elderly residents, some of them being home bound for lack of transportation. Many local volunteers assist with every event. Because I, too, work in the local area, I recognize that the Director, Sharon Hanshaw is gifted with ability to organize folks to help on another, advocate for justice, and provide creative solutions for the problems of young and old. I make every effort to provide both technical and ,ate rials support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the honor of spending a few days with the incredible leaders of Coastal Women for Change in March of 2007. Learning from their approach and dedication made a lasting impact on me, professionally and personally. They included us in many aspects of their work during those few days and were incredibly generous. I have stayed in touch with CWC and am continually amazed with the breadth of issues they tackle and their deep commitment to community.

Jara L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coastal Women for Change is a great organization to volunteer with. They are committed to ensuring the community knows about and utilizes the resources that are available to them. The members of the organization are friendly and compassionate to the less fortunate in their neighborhood and offer their services without a need for compensation.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It feels so great to be associated with a wonderful group of people! One great thing about Coastal Women for Change it is a community based NONPROFIT organization that meets people needs in the community and provide services beyond their expectations. We have established contacts, developed relationships with the people of all backgrounds in our communities. With our executive director, Sharon Hanshaw's guidance I've grown to better appreciate the nature of the challenges we face as a nonprofit organization. I will continue to work on developing my skills as a volunteer to support the organization's needs and growth through this year's new challenges. As the communications officer for Coastal Women for change, I appreciate all the guidance and support offered to me and look forward to our continued work together as organization and community!!