Nov 6 2010

League of Women Voters Features Piedmont Members Who Serve Far and Near

Five Piedmont League of Women Voters members who have founded or who volunteer for non-profit organizations here and around the world will be featured at a program on Wednesday, November 17.  Sponsored by the Piedmont LWV, the event will be held at 9:30 a.m. at 131 La Salle in Piedmont.  It is free and open to members and non-members of the League.

Briony Bax founded the Orphan Support League in 2007 to aid parentless or displaced children around the world. The organization initially focused on raising funds for a children’s home in Kenya and now gives grants to an orphanage and supports the education of four children in Nairobi.

Gail Uilkema founded the non-profit Lantern Projects in 2003 to raise funds for small projects around the world. The organization requests small amounts of funding for specific items, enabling adults and children to see that they can make a difference in someone’s life. Lantern Projects has funded small projects in 47 countries.

George Mark Children’s House was co-founded by Kathy Hull, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist, and Barbara Beach, M.D., a pediatric oncologist, both from Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland. Opened in March 2004, George Mark provides comprehensive and compassionate care to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Kay Cheatham and Karin Mai participate in Global Volunteers, a private, non-profit, non-governmental organization that engages short-term volunteers on micro-economic and human development programs worldwide. Working at the invitation of and under the direction of local leaders, volunteers help create a foundation for world peace through mutual international understanding.

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