As Madeline Monde finishes up her term as past president for the Westport Young Womans League this month, she paused to reflect on all the organization has accomplished the three years she has served.
Its been a wonderful experience, she said. Being a member of the league, I have seen the best of Westport and the best in its people.
Monde said she is especially proud of its recent increase in philanthropic efforts. When she served as president two years ago, the Westport Young Woman's League launched its Super Grants Program, which distributes $10,000 to local groups in need.
This year that grant was awarded to Circle of Friends, a nonprofit that provides programs for children with special needs, and last year it was received by the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.
Contributions for that mission are made possible by the Westport Young Womans League fundraisers, like CraftWestport and the annual Minuteman Race.
Its been very exciting and I have gotten to be part of the whole process, Monde said. Theres a need for our program more than ever, especially for organizations that support basic human needs, like food, shelter and clothing.
In that same vein, Monde and her team have taken a hands-on approach to providing those basic human needs to local residents. They now have drives for food, clothing, diapers and more each month.
The Westport Young Womans League has also become more technologically-savvy during Mondes watch, she said. Its now much easier to sign up and donate to events like the Minuteman Race than it was before. In the past, they relied on paper registration and handwritten contributions.
Monde said she will continue to be an active member of the Westport Young Womans League after her term as past president ends in June.
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