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Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc.

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Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

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.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

For the past few years, since its inception, COSIA has done its best to serve under-served populations in New York, particularly in the Bronx through the many activities and events that its held: from financial and leadership workshops to community-building projects.

Not only have these activities and events served the under-served but also the privileged members of COSIA through wonderful events, like its Annual Retreat and Conference, which for the past few years has been held in the quiet and lovely Chester, CT.

We, in COSIA, are, likewise, grateful to the donors we have who support these activities and events. Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend speaks so highly of this organization and to see her progress so much mentally, professionally and spirituality thanks to this organization I have also grown to admire the work that they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

More organizations like this are needed in the community! Society has trained women that they have no value and that we can not build ourselves or one another. COSIA is a voice of women across the country. I commend any organization that empowers the members/community, because WE HAVE AND HOLD THE POWER IN THIS WORLD!

1 Scarlett P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

COSIA is a wonderful organization that brings women together. My friend, who holds a great role in the organization has grew and learned so much within her time of being part of COSIA. It's amazing they have something to culture women and make them be great leaders of tomorrow!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work at the retreat center where COSIA holds their annual retreat. We are always excited to see them come back, because the women in this group bring an energy and spirit that embodies the work that they engage in. That work is an important part of making the world a better place. I know their mission is on a global scale, but they always make our world a better place as soon as they enter our doors and get to work. We love COSIA!
Jim Emswiler
Guest House Retreat Center

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I admire the work COSIA is doing in the community and the platform they provide for professional women to expand their networks.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this group! It is completely devoted to helping women and their success. I love the founder, and have been very impressed by the work they have done.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love COSIA! I've been a member of the organization for over five years and I continue to be a member because COSIA's mission to empower women across the nation and beyond is absolutely critical. There is passion here for transformation of women's lives on all levels. In addition there is action: things are being done and not only talked about. It is also a community of grace and support and networking. It's wonderful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

COSIA is a remarkable organization. Participating in COSIA events has been an edifying experience for me both socially and intellectually. COSIA is truly focused on cultivating the gifts that women bring to the public arena, and is also a great vehicle for making friends and connections. As an organization COSIA focuses on what we as women have in common, that we are more alike than different, and that we are stronger when we stand together and help bring out the best in one another. I am proud to be affiliated with such a world-class organization and its members.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited a COSIA event for the third time now and I have always thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship with the other women. I think it is important for women to support each other. During the meetings, I always experience some sort of enlightenment regarding what I am not doing for the good of my community and fellow human. COSIA helps me understand and inspires me to do more than what I'm already doing. I have invited several women to come along and they too have express the same feelings and they just keep coming back!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

COSIA has inspired me to turn my craft of making jewelery and knitting into a business. I became a member of the 2012-2013 COSIA Love by the Slice Women's Leadership Program several months ago. I attend the annual retreat at Chester, CT. It was a wonderful experience to work with a diverse group of professional women. The featured guest speaker Luz Flores Lee, Life and Leadership Coach, provided tools to balance my life with time management, prioritizing, setting goals, accomplishments and multitasking. I returned home with clarity; I know where am headed. I am working on balancing my work schedule to keep going. I am focused and looking forward to the opportunity to work with Luz Flores Lee as my life coach to gain training and tools that will challenge me and give me the mindset to build my business. I am rejuvenated, inspired and connected to a sisterhood that supports me. My experience has lead me to recommended a friend to become a member.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

COSIA for me serves as a powerful means of understanding emotional, social and technological complexity. The founder is a personal friend and someone who inspires me through her great maturity, endless patience, tolerance of other points of view, and a deep knowledge of human nature. She intuitively knows the strengths of those around her, and gently cultivates them. By remaining calm and relaxed in all situations, and making artful use of diplomacy or a quiet word to resolve conflicts, I have learned by example. She has the ability to listen to what another person is saying, and truly understand what is in their heart, and therefore is a beloved leader of a rewarding organization cutting through confusion and indecision, and setting things in motion.

COSIA offers a place to practice and display one's creativity and offers opportunities for travel, for meeting others, while promoting both business and spiritual growth in members and benefactors. It helps people such as myself to make more rapid progress towards goals by inspiring decisive action and a positive loving attitude. I find that communicating with other members helps one overcome inner conflict. Working with people I can trust who share a common goal also reduces delays in transactions and helps in making progress towards personal as well as professional goals.

COSIA provides a setting for developing one's full potential in a safe and realistic environment. It has been helping me to come to grips with progress, especially in terms of ever-new technology that overwhelms, especially us older folks. I have found a sense of identity that is not found in material possessions. It has encouraged me to let go of a lot of things while at the same time allowing me the space to be myself, to find my own path without feeling alone or isolated. By joining COSIA I have gained in emotional maturity (I hope) and friends. My thoughts have been clarified through the exploration of possibilities, through discussion, through seeing the examples of others and through direct action. I have been gently induced to get out of my comfort zone in order to reach out to new people, to bigger possibilities and to travel a bit in the process.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been part of COSIA from the beginning. I served a term on the board and was editor of the newsletter.
What I love most about COSIA is the opportunity to meet and get to know great women, and be inspired by their stories. Craft nights, book discussions, professional seminars, fundraisers for organizations that support women and youth - all our events bring women together to create community and positive change in the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently was featured in an interview in the COSIAnet newsletter. It was such a fantastic experience. The editors made it simple to respond to their interest in my story as well as elaborate on it if I felt it necessary. It was encouraging to know they were interested in me as a whole person and not just for one piece of my life. I love what COSIA stands for in empowering women to develop their callings and gifts not only for their own significance but to empower and develop the communities they live in.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have been involved with COSIA in some capacity since its early days. It actually came into my space when I really needed some extra sisterly support. The diversity and openness of the members is very interesting and refreshing. The programs have consistently been informative , fun and inspiring...from our annual retreats to volunteering at the soup kitchen. I have met a great set of close friends and each event enhances our network of resources. The vision Lois was blessed with years ago has trully flourished via her dedication to helping others. COSIA is a wonderful organization and support system.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I recently joined COSIA. Condoleezza Rice’s memoir was the book we discussed. If it were not for COSIA I would have never read the book because of my disapproval of the previous administration. However, I was so grateful that COSIA widened my horizon in a book selection and life perspectives. I shared my ultimate dream of writing an article with the founder and president of COSIA. To my great amazement, she connected me with other people and provided me with a specific action plan. I am excited with the first step I have undertaken towards achieving my dream.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Cosia has a professional appeal and works really well with its mission. Profiles, seminars, and retreats to cater to their members. Would definitely encourage more people to get involve and make it an even more effective in policy, mentoring and collaboration.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 0

I attended an auction fundraiser in New York City. The members of COSIA I encountered were friendly, helpful, and knowledgable about the organization and its mission and goals. Ms Reddick, Cosia's leadership was very sincere and visibly excited to be able to help others with the money raised. There follow-up with me was engaging and consisent.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Almost ten years ago, I witnessed the beginning of COSIA and Ms Reddick's academic work that resulted in this organization. Although I no longer live in NY, I am delighted to see how the organization has grown and has made a huge impact on people's lives. As each of us toil away in our various disciplines, COSIA serves to refresh our memories and our hearts to use our experience to empower and strengthen others. Many volunteers ultimately feel as blessed for the experience as those in need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

COSIA was introduced to our students at the Co-op City Campus of the Schoool of New Resources (SNR) of The College of New Rochelle. The panel of educators discussed the career changes they had after having attended college for a specific field. SNR is an adult degree program with many women who are returning to college, many older than 30. Hearing from women who after the tradional age of education going back to school or doing something diffent madea dramatic career change to higher education was enlightening. Lois Reddick the founder is an alum of mine from Aquinas High School in the Bronx. The courage of these women to venture into uncharted waters of employment, entrepreneurship, and volunteerism is encouraging to other women to do the same. This group has changed my perspective to know that there are women who will help you achieve your dreams without wanting anything in reture, except you do the same for someone else. This is a wonderful group to which I belong.