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Through your generosity, we can make a difference
by Carolyn Ray, JourneyWoman Publisher
The Covid-19 pandemic teaches us that our actions have profound consequences, good and bad. We’ve adopted new behaviours, reexamined our role in making our communities safe and healthy and witnessed a spirit of renewal that is a testament to our resiliency.
Like so many in our community, I believe it’s important to give back, particularly when I travel. In addition to helping build a school in Kenya, one of my most recent and rewarding experiences was volunteering at a women-owned farm in Puerto Rico. This was a meaningful way to connect with people in the community and demonstrate my personal commitment as a traveller.
Our Pay-What-You-Can Model
We’re asking JourneyWomen to help us do our part by participating in a Pay-What-You-Can model for our virtual events, where we take proceeds from each event and make a donation to an organization chosen by our speakers or panelists. To date, these are organizations that focus on key areas that support women, education/research and the environment.
To date, JourneyWomen have raised over $1100 for a variety of organizations around the world. (Not to mention planted thousands of trees through Tree Sisters!) Thank you for your generosity and kindness! Although we issue receipts for our events, we do not issue charitable tax receipts, so if you’d like to donate directly please do so using the links provided for each non-profit.
We also welcome your thoughts on what organizations could use some extra support from our community. Please email email@example.com if you have suggestions.
Organizations JourneyWomen Are Supporting
Tree Sisters: Women Seeding Change
Trees are the lungs of our planet and every effort to improve our environment serves all humankind. On Earth Day 2020 (April 24), we announced a partnership with Tree Sisters and a goal to plant 100,000 trees by Earth Day 2025. This will contribute to growing initiatives in the rain forests of Brazil, the upland forests of Mount Kenya, Mount Bamboutos in Cameroon, Khasi Hills in North East India and mangroves in Madagascar and Mozambique.
How you can help us reach our goal
Every time someone subscribes to our magazine, we’ll make a donation on their behalf.
You can help us by:
1 – Refer JourneyWoman.com to the amazing women in your life and ask them to Subscribe to our newsletter.
2- When you register for events on our website (free or paid), we will ask you to make a small donation of $1.99 to help us plant a tree.
3- Whenever a JourneyWoman Circle membership, ebook or branded merchandise is sold, we will ask you to make a small donation of $1.99 to help us plant a tree.
4- You can also make a donation directly to the JourneyWoman Tree Sisters Fund here. (You will receive a tax receipt).
Earth is fast becoming a grateful beneficiary of this global crisis. The resurgence of wildlife, the healing of water byways and the abatement of urban pollution is evidence that healing is pervasive. The lessons learned must not be ignored, allowing a return to the past but rather applied to further our acts of generosity in pursuit of our recovery.
Through our virtual events, you are helping support a variety of organizations.
Learn about our Upcoming Events on our Events Calendar.
Feeding America & Food Banks Canada
At our December Holiday Social, we shared our predictions and resolutions for travel in 2021. Host Carolyn Ray selected Feeding America (US) and Food Banks Canada to help put food on the table over the holidays.
Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter: Standing Up For Women, Toronto
For our February 4 session on Downsizing for Travel, Carolyn Ray asked for proceeds to go to Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, an organization she has supported in the past that supports women and children leaving abusive relationships.
Learn more about this organization here: https://ernestines.ca/
From Angela at Ernestine’s:
We at Ernestine’s are always grateful to hear that a new donor joined our family of community supporters, but your decision to join us and support us during this challenging period makes it all the more special and means so much more! Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement and we’re so grateful that we are able to provide a safe space for women and children, thanks to donors like you who support our mission.
I was just on your website and learned about the wonderful work that you do helping women travel safely and well. Helping empower women to seek new adventures and build confidence is also part of what we do at Ernestine’s, so I admire the work that you do at JourneyWoman. Warmest wishes to everyone at JourneyWoman and thank you so much for supporting the women and children at Ernestine’s.”
Casa do Rio, Brazil
For our Book Club on “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett, our guest expert on Brazil, Daniella Bianchi, asked that we make a donation to Casa do Rio, an organization that advances biodiversity in the Amazon.
Learn more about this organization here: https://casadorio.org/
Missed this event? Watch it here!
Yayasan Widya Guna Orphanage, Bali
For our January session on Travel Essentials and Travel Insurance, panelist Cathy Gotfried of Babes in Bali requested that we support Yayasan Widya Guna, an orphanage in Bali that helps special needs children.
We will also be supporting this group again at our January Book Club “Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World,” where Cathy is our expert guest speaker on Bali. You can read more on that event here.
Learn more about this organization here: http://www.yayasanwidyaguna.org/
Missed the Travel Essentials event? Watch it here!
From Noyman at Yaysan Widya Guna:
Women’s College Hospital, Mental Health Research, Toronto
For our #TravelReady Travel Vision sessions, facilitator Amanda Burgess asked for donations to support mental health research at Women’s College Hospital. The first session was held on January 16, the day before Blue Monday. There ae additional sessions in February and March; depending on interest we’ll do more.
Learn more about this organization here: https://www.womenscollegehospital.ca/care-programs/mental-health/
These sessions are not recorded, but you can learn more about them here.
For our West Coast Community Call, host Marillee Stratton has asked that we support OneGoal, which helps low-income students in the US graduate from college and university.
Learn more about this organization here: https://www.onegoalgraduation.org/
These sessions are not recorded but you can sign up here.
Hospice Toronto: the Young Carers
For our February 14 Valentine’s Day event, Nadine asked that we donate proceeds to the Young Carers of Hospice Toronto.
Young Carers are kids under the age of 18, who are in a care-giving role for a parent, grandparent, sibling or relative with a chronic or life threatening illness, disability, addiction, mental illness, or language barrier. YCP aims to provide therapeutic and recreational programming to help children and youth with care-giving responsibilities cope and interact with other young folks that have similar experiences. For more information: https://www.ycptoronto.com/
Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity
For our February Book Club on Orvieto, Italy, our guest speaker Michelle Logue from Adventures in Italy asked that we support the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, which supports the efforts of more than 10.000 small scale farmers around the world. Inaugurated in Florence in 2003 with contribution from the Tuscany Regional Authority, it coordinates and promotes Slow Food’s projects to protect food biodiversity across the world: Presidia, Ark of Taste, gardens in Africa, Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance and Earth Markets.
Learn more about this organization here: https://www.fondazioneslowfood.com/en/
You can learn more about our book club here.
James Madison's Montpelier
For our September Book Club on “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom, our co-host Wendy asked for a donation in support of our guest speaker Dr. Mary Furlong-Minkoff, PhD, Curator of Archaeological Collections at Montpelier. Montpelier is the home of James Madison, the United States’ fourth President. A memorial to James Madison and the Enslaved Community, a museum of American history, and a center for constitutional education that engages the public with the enduring legacy of Madison’s most powerful idea: government by the people.
Learn more about this organization here: https://www.montpelier.org/
Missed this event? You can watch it here.