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La Palma-Cerritos AAUW offers holiday greetings

Beverly Zwick, President of the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), said that she would like to wish everyone a “Happy and Healthy New Year!” After suffering through months of quarantine, illnesses, injuries, and personal losses, she, and branch members, pray that the New Year brings everyone nothing but “Sweet Memories.” Members are looking forward to being able to meet in-person again in 2021.

The pandemic changed what members have done every year at holiday time to help clients at Su Casa, a safe place for abused women and children. Due to the Covid-19 virus, Su Casa representatives said that members could not shop for groceries, or bring toys, games, books, clothing, and personal items for residents this year. Members were asked to donate cash or gift cards for Target, Wal-Mart, Ralph’s, Food 4 Less, or other local grocery stores. Persons who wish to donate cash or gift cards can still donate directly to Su Casa because help is always needed. Call Su Casa in Long Beach at 562-421-6537.

Members of the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the AAUW have not been able to hold in person meetings and fundraisers because of the health restrictions caused by the COVID-19 virus. However, branch members continue to work to advance equity for women and girls by raising funds and promoting education, research, and legal advocacy. In 2020, the branch donated $1,000 for Fellowships and Grants for graduate women, $1,000 for Greatest Needs, and $500 for Legal Advocacy through National AAUW Fund. AAUW Fund Co-VP’s held two “Take- Out Dinner Fundraisers” at local restaurants in 2020. In January of 2021, they plan to ask for donations through a “Non-Event” called “Share Your COVID Savings with the AAUW Fund.” Rather than spend money for a luncheon, the AAUW Fund Co-VP’s hope that members will make donations directly for the AAUW Fund.

Program Co-VP Karen Cox invites interested people to join the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW Branch and participate in upcoming virtual Zoom meetings on the third Thursdays of each month. Persons interested in participating in the virtual Zoom meetings must register no later than one day before the meeting of the month by contacting Karen Cox at 562-519-0596. She will then give you the meeting I.D. number and the passcode. A brief business meeting will follow each presentation.

Thursday, January 21, 2021, Waiting Room open at 6:30 p.m. Presentation at 7:00 p.m. on “Racism” by Whitney High School’s Black Alumni, guest speakers Mrs. Megan Ashley-King, M.ED. and educator Jennifer Brooker, ABC Unified School District.

Thursday, February 18,2021, Waiting Room open at 12:30 p.m. Presentation at 1:00 p.m. by guest speaker Ms. Constance Iloh, an AAUW American Fellowship Award winner for 2020-2021. She is a post-doctoral student at the University of California in Irvine specializing in Anthropology. Her project’s name is The Iloh Model, “Exploring the College-Going Decisions and Trajectories of Low-income Single Mothers of Color.”

The La Palma-Cerritos AAUW wishes everyone a Happy Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas! Persons who want to work to advance gender equality for women and girls, and who have an Associate or higher degree from an accredited college or university, are invited to join the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the AAUW. Contact Membership Co-VP Joan Flax at 562-860-0642 for more information.

This article was released by the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the AAUW.