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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came in contact with CWC a year ago. I needed some help with affordable housing. The organization reached out shared resources and we were able to get housing within 3 weeks. I'm thankdul and greatful they took th etime to help my family.

thanks again,

Rutha H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Coastal Women for Change is an excellent opportunity for members of all coastal communities to give of their time, resources, prayers and overall participation, there is room for everyone. Sharon's expertise, compassion, and persistence makes this organization stand out above all the rest of non-profit entities. The CWC provides education to our Senior Citizens, computer training, encourages healthy living by involving them in the community garden, also it provides various youth groups the opportunity to engage in the Urban community garden, which can provide them a means of survival by understanding the reproduction in plant life. This is an authentic community service project that also provides necessary items needed for students to participation in learning without feeling "left out" because of not having the school supplies and other essentials needed for their success. Thank You Sharon and all who make up the CWC, and because of you and your efforts "Change is Happening".

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CWC gave me an opportunity to meet new people, learn about my community and get involved with things that I never thought I would do like gardening, participating with Toys for Tots and serving the Senior Citizens during the Senior dinner.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduce to Coastal Women for Change by my co-worker Jacqueline. It started with an invitation to their by monthly meetings. The first experience was overwhelming awesome the welcome was like I have been a member of the group for ages.
The ladies was so friendly and open hearted. Their vision and mission was clearly evident in everything they say and do.
The lives Coastal Women for Change has impact is numerous and is prevalent in every outreach the group has promoted, whether it has been through community service gardening, visiting the elderly and
children homes, sponsoring back to schools supplies for children etc.
Coastal Women for Change has truly impacted my life in helping me to see society on a different levels which enables us a group to help people to be more progressive and maintain a better standard of life.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This organization is a special one because of the volunteers. I know for a fact that the ED went without pay for a year. Reason being the people the organization serve is more important than money. We cannot put a price on vulnerable communities.
The information they share is empowering for the success of growth.
The issues they address:
Youth mentoring @Detention Center
Senior Citizen Computer Literacy
Community gardening classes.

Thank you for bringing back home to a community in need.

Review from Guidestar