WESTON, Conn. When the holidays approach, everyone starts to feel the need to give back to those who are less fortunate. But some Westonites feel the spirit of giving should last all year long.
For 38 years, members of the Weston Womens League have been donating their time, money and labor to several charities and people in need across Fairfield County.
People really do rally around this time of year. People do extra and more around the holidays, but we try to keep it ongoing throughout the year, said league President Heather Levy.
The volunteer group focuses on three main philanthropic opportunities: fundraising, community outreach and community service. It holds events throughout the year, including blood drives for the Red Cross, baby showers for less fortunate mothers and children, as well as food and clothing drives. The league also helps raise money for organizations, including UNICEF, Meals on Wheels and the Tiny Miracles Foundation, just to name a few.
Since its inception in 1972, the Weston Womens League has donated more than $550,000 to women, children and families in need.
The reason we get involved is because any one of us can find ourselves in a difficult situation that depletes your resources. It is important to know that there is someone who can help, Levy said.
Although the league has focused on organizations around the county, in a bad economy, the call for help is increasingly hitting home. It has focused time and resources recently on the Weston Community Pantry, Weston Senior Center and Weston Warm-Up Fund, which ensures families have heat in the winter. I like to look at it as neighbors helping neighbors, Levy said.
There are a lot of people who are out of work and who cannot find a job. I think it is important to help out local organizations because we never know when a situation like that could happen, she said.
Not only are the women in the league sending a message of the importance of giving back, they are also hoping to send the message to their homes. We want our children to get a sense that people do need help. Here at the league we try to not only add this outreach and philanthropic work to our own lives but also pass it along to our children, Levy said.
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