The Portsmouth Chapter of the American Association of University donated $400 to the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) was founded in 1881 in order to support and improve the lives of women through a variety of programs and grants. The AAUW is involved in education funding, case support, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, and other programs.
Recently, the Portsmouth Chapter of the AAUW contributed to the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award through their annual Christmas basket raffle.
“In past years the branch has raised as much as $500 for the fund. The local organization chose to support this particular fund because of this award’s dedication to removing barriers that women and girls might face, the award’s promotion of diversity and cross cultural communications, and a greater understanding of how women think, learn, and work,” said Wanda Dengel. Dengel serves as the Vice President for the Portsmouth Chapter of the AAUW.
Accoring to the AAUW, the the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award, established in 1989 honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to equality and education for women and girls. The award is given for a broad range of activities including classroom teaching, education and research, and legal and legislative work in equality for women and girls. While the award focuses on education, the recipient need not be an educator.
Judy Pitts of South Webster won the basket in the raffle. The basket contained a wide assortment of Christmas related items including blankets, kitchen towels, Christmas lanterns, gift certificates to local establishments, and spa care items.
For more information regarding the grant or the local chapter of the American Association of University Women or how to join the organization, call 740-354-2909 or go online to www.aauw.org
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