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GAW receives thoughtful grant for $1,850 from Boston Bruins Foundation

Girls at Work, Inc. were very thankful to be chosen by the Boston Bruins Foundation to receive a grant of $1,850 to help with their mission. By placing real tools in the hands of young girls, our builders become unstoppable and recognize how forceful they are in all they pursue.

The Boston Bruins Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that have a positive impact on the New England community, and are particularly pleased to invest in Girls at Work because their work is so closely aligned with the Foundation’s priorities.

“It is wonderful that an organization like the Boston Bruins Foundation is so connected and committed to the surrounding communities and the work we are all doing to make a stronger tomorrow.” said Elaine Hamel, founder and program director of Girls at Work.

About Girls at Work

Girls at Work, Inc, is a non-profit that teaches at risk, low-income, New Hampshire girls inner strength through woodworking skills utilizing power tools. Many of our girls struggle with feelings of powerlessness. The experience of building for the first time enables girls to overcome fear associated with power tools, leaving them feeling powerful, strong and capable.

Our vision is a world where every girl feels confident and capable.

Support and follow us at www.GirlsWork.org, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and Instagram.

Media Contact

Heidi Page, Marketing & Administrative Manager

[email protected] or 603-345-0392

The Boston Bruins Foundation is a non-profit that collaborates with charitable organizations that demonstrate a commitment to health and wellness, education and athletics. The Foundation strongly believes that advocating for children and families across these areas will create a strong support system that will ultimately lead to the betterment of our community.

Media Contact

Zack Fitzgerald, Boston Bruins Foundation Manager

[email protected] https://www.nhl.com/bruins

Summer Build-Me-Up Campers from Girls at Work in partnership with 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and Girls’ Leadership Camp at Kimball Union Academy donate picnic tables to First Responders

1stResponders-Holding Boards-RGB-SMAs a thank you to our local First Responders for all they do to help our community, Girls at Work summer campers, along with our Girls’ Leadership Camp at Kimball Union Academy, have decided to donate the picnic tables that the girls have made this season.


Girls at Work is an organization that works with many families that are struggling. We understand many of the heart wrenching issues that our community deals with daily. “Sometimes you feel overwhelmed by the need. We want to take a moment and thank those who dedicate their time so passionately to our community,” explains Elaine Hamel the founder and Program Director for Girls at Work. Thursday afternoon Mayor Joyce Craig will be at Girls at Work headquarters as the Manchester Police Department, the Manchester Fire Department, American Medical Response, CarePlus Ambulance service, Catholic Medical Center, and Elliot Hospital will be coming to our camp for the girls to load up their trucks with picnic tables, shake their hands directly, and say, “Thank you for all you do.”

Our Manchester community is taking on many of the stresses that our members are dealing with. We are stronger together, joining and supporting each other, to make Manchester a better city. Our local First Responders are making a difference in our neighborhoods, and Girls At Work wants to remind them that they are appreciated by encouraging them to take a break and sit together around a table handmade by our campers.

WMUR Video of days event

 

About 21st Century Learning Centers: The Manchester School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) afterschool program envisions a community where all students are inspired to reach their full potential academically, socially and personally through the support of the program, families, and the community.

About Girls’ Leadership Camp at Kimball Union Academy: Aligning with GLC’s motto, I am who I am, campers explore big topics that range from communication to collaboration, girl dynamics to middle school, gossip to cliques. Raney explains, “A lot of girls are battling supposed-to-syndrome; they are struggling because society wants them to be something other than who they are… we teach them, if you can look in the mirror at the end the day and say I am who I am with confidence and conviction, then you’re doing okay.”

About Girls at Work, Inc: Girls at Work, Inc, non-profit that teaches at risk, low-income, New Hampshire girls inner strength through woodworking skills utilizing power tools. Many of our girls struggle with feelings of powerlessness. The experience of building for the first time enables girls to overcome fear associated with power tools, leaving them feeling powerful, strong and capable.

For more information, visit www.GirlsWork.org or call 603-345-0392. We welcome you to contact us to set up a meeting to tour our facility and witness firsthand the confidence we are building through our program.

Seaport Warm-Up Fundraiser

Seaport Warm Up Official-FBMentally Escape the Seaport Chill for a Good Cause
Thursday, April 5
4 pm – 6:30 pm
at the SUPER COOL Reebok HQ: 25 Drydock Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Stanley Black and Decker Women’s Network, Reebok and Nutre Meal Plans have partnered up to give you a momentary escape from the cold weather and support a great cause! The Winter Warm Up is a fundraising event benefiting Dress for Success and Girls at Work!

Come join your Seaport colleagues for a time of
FUN, FUNDRAISING and NETWORKING

100% of Donations Benefit Girls at Work and Dress for Success 

Jog: $10-$29.99 | Admission, 2 Raffle Tickets, 1 Drink Ticket, 30% off Reebok Merch

Run: $30-49.99 | Admission, 5 Raffle Tickets, 1 Meal Ticket, 2 Drink Tickets, 30% off Reebok Merch

Sprint: $50. or more | Admission, 7 Raffle Tickets, 1 Meal Ticket, Open Bar, 30% off Reebok Merch, and Special Thank You Gift

Can’t Attend- Please Make a Donation to Support this event.

Click HERE for tickets or to donate. Thank you.

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Girls at Work receives $50k grant from New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Lois G. Roy Dickerman Fund

 

A $50,000 grant from a donor-advised fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation will help Girls at Work, Inc. to reach more girls and help them build confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills.

Girls at Work is a non-profit that teaches at-risk, low-income New Hampshire girls inner strength through woodworking skills. The grant will help further Girls at Work’s mission of empowering girls with the tools to overcome adversity and build confidence to face current and future life challenges by providing after-school and summer programs to reach our girls in need of building up.

“We are delighted to be providing another year of support to Girls at Work,” said Arthur Desaulnier, Richard Roy and Ted Roy, advisors to the Lois G. Roy Dickerman Fund.  “We know they are bringing effective programs to young girls whose lives will be positively impacted for years to come.”

Mel Gosselin, CEO of Girls at Work reported that, “In 2017, funding from the Roy Dickerman Fund helped Girls at Work  reach 487 girls in need – up from 145 girls in 2016. This continued support will help us strengthen our program further. We have much more to do in 2018 with the hopes of furthering our work on solidifying our curriculum to increase the number of girls we reach throughout New Hampshire. We are incredibly grateful for the continued support as we build our infrastructure.”

About Girls at Work, Inc. Girls at Work empowers at-risk girls that struggle with feelings of powerlessness and defeated. The experience of building for the first time enables girls to overcome the fear associated with power tools, leaving them feeling powerful, strong and capable. For more information, please visit www.GirlsWork.org or call 603-345-0392. We welcome you to contact us to set up a meeting to tour our facility and witness first-hand the confidence we are building through our program.

About the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation, founded in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire. The Foundation manages a growing collection of more than 1,800 funds created by generous individuals, families and businesses, and awards nearly $40 million in grants and scholarships every year. The Foundation works with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving, supports great work happening in our communities and leads and collaborates on high-impact initiatives. For more information, please visit www.nhcf.org or call 603-225-6641.

GIRLS AT WORK HIRES CEO MEL GOSSELIN

New CEO Mell GosselinManchester, NH – The Board of Directors of Girls At Work is honored to announce the recent hire of Mel Gosselin as Chief Executive Officer.

Gosselin brings 25 years of dynamic leadership in the for-profit and non-profit worlds, including 13 years as Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank.   During her tenure food distribution grew from 1.5 million to over 12 million pounds.  She was also recognized at a national level chairing and serving on a number of advocacy and research committees such as Hunger Action Month and the Feeding America National Advisory Council.

“Mel has a proven strategic track record, extensive knowledge of the New Hampshire non-profit world, and a wonderful, sincere connection with our mission of empowering girls with confidence and competence. Her experience in fundraising, program development, and capacity building are exactly what Girls At Work needs as we are poised to grow and expand our programs to reach more girls,” said Samantha Luker, chairman of the board of directors.

“I’m so excited to see Mel put her considerable experience building relationships with diverse stakeholders to work for our little builders,” said Founder and Program Director Elaine Hamel.

“From my professional experience, and as a woodworker myself, I know the empowering feeling of completing a project you weren’t sure you could do. Girls At Work puts that power in the hands of girls from our city who are told by music, movies and TV that women and girls are weak. In our classes and camps, they learn how strong they really are,” Gosselin said. “I can’t wait to share this incredible program with more girls in Manchester and beyond.”

Girls At Work is a not-for-profit organization that empowers girls through woodworking. For more than 15 years, Girls at Work has shown girls their own inner strength, resilience, and problem-solving skills, in direct contrast to a world that tells them they aren’t strong, smart or powerful. Through woodworking with power tools, we believe girls can show us all – and themselves – what they’re really made of.

Girls at Work Open House

Girls at Work, Inc. Opens new Manchester Headquarters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Girls at Work, Inc., the NH based non-profit organization is opening their first ever, local headquarters in downtown Manchester, NH. An open house was held to celebrate and to kick off a crowd-funding campaign. The funds from the campaign will allow the organization to renovate their space.

On June 11, Girls at Work, Inc. held an open house at their new location at 4 Elm Street in Manchester. Mayor Gatsas was in attendance as well as mayoral candidates Patrick Arnold and Joyce Craig, Ward 9 Alderman Barbara Shaw, Manchester School Superintendent and Manchester’s 21st Century Program Director, John Hasenfuss.

The organization also kicked off their online fundraising campaign to raise funds needed to renovate their new space. Their Indiegogo campaign can be viewed at http://igg.me/at/girlsatwork. They have a 3-tier goal:

• $10,000 will allow them to renovate the space.
• $15,000 will buy all the tools and equipment for the new wood shop area.
• $20,000 will equip the new office space with office supplies for their operations staff.

Girls at Work has been working with young and at-risk girls throughout New Hampshire and New England for the last fifteen years, and was recently approved to work with the Manchester School Department’s 21st Century Program. Girls at Work will be launching their after school program in select Manchester schools this fall.

Girls at Work is an organization dedicated to empowering girls by teaching them woodworking skills and how to safely use power tools to build with a team of girls. The organization helps them discover their inner power tools of strength and courage, tools that many will need. Their mission statement is, “Through woodworking, we challenge girls to discover their inner power tools of strength and courage, empowering them to overcome adversity in their lives.”

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Photos from the event by Matthew Lommano Photography

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Girls at Work Board