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Marcia V Ellis

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Review for The Women's Collective, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am honored to serve the girls and women of The Women's Collective! It is the only organization in DC that focuses on girls and women affected by, or at risk for, HIV/AIDS. Each time I walk in the doors of the organization I feel the warmth, the unconditional and nonjudgmental embrace, welcome, and acceptance as the many girls and women seeking a safe space find. Girls and women often face the huge burdens of not only an HIV diagnosis but all the other burdens of trying to live a safe and dignified life that depends on emotional and mental support; resources for housing, child care, substance abuse, domestic violence, food, etc The agency is full of color, of energy, of hope, and material resources to address these needs. The intergenerational and peer-based support ensures that the girls and women and their self identified families can learn, share, heal, and thrive together. The programs that support the agency's mission are exciting. The staff and Board are proactive and strategic to make sure that there is a solid and growing funding base. They are great stewards of the support received and are always striving for sustained excellence. I feel blessed to be a witness to, participant in, and even a recipient of, all these wonderful qualities of this truly GREAT nonprofit!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand its funding and visibility so that many more girls, women, and their families could benefit from what The Women's Collective provides!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for The Women's Collective, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the great pleasure and honor to be a supporter of The Women's Collective for nearly 7 years now. I carefully selected this nonprofit as my place of service and focus upon my retirement from a very fulfilling career in another nonprofit where I became familiar with the organization. Beginning as a volunteer and now serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors, I can say without hesitation that I feel extraordinarily blessed to have landed in an organization that so effectively serves the needs of girls and women affected by, or at risk for HIV/AIDS in the DC area. I have seen up close and very personal the difference that TWC makes in the lives of countless girls, women, and their families. Indeed, I have seen their impact on me and my own family! I have had the great fortune to see women come, grow, and strive with dignity even as they face what can be a devastating diagnosis with an impact on the individual and also on her family and community. They walk through the doors and are openly and lovingly embraced and supported by their peers without judgement. They are compassionately led to services, they learn to protect themselves and their families better with prevention and empowerment tools. They also learn to advocate for themselves and their sisters at the various policy tables at every level in the society. It's a humbling thing to witness each and every day. And as a Board Member, I can say that they are great stewards of the public and individual contributions. They have been recognized many times over for the unique services that they provide and for the courageous and inspiring leadership of the Founder and Executive Director, Patricia Nalls. Just the other day at the annual Xmas Party for our families, I smiled as I saw some of the now older children who were babies even when I joined the organization. Their mothers spoke of their pride in the healthy manner in which they were growing and basking in their own ability to see their own stories take on new, exciting turns to health, achievement, and the ability to come back after any setback. This is one of the reasons I believe strongly in the organization, its mission, and its years of growth and accomplishments. The proof lies in the lives of the people touched each and every day. The Women's Collective addresses a critical need in our community. I, for one, am so grateful to have the opportunity to serve them.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Board Member