We kicked off the New Year with a brand new fundraiser. The purpose of the Journey to Independence fundraiser is to provide essential items to young adults who have aged out of the foster care system.
There are over 400,000 youth in the US foster system every year. More than 20,000 individuals age out of the foster system as early as their 18th birthdays. That means that their state will no longer provide support for these youth, therefore they are left to fend for themselves if they do not have permanent housing arrangements prior.
Up to 20% of youth who age out of the foster system become instantly homeless on their 18th birthdays.
With the help of our caring supporters, She Is STEM will be helping these youth to transition into adulthood. Head over to our donation page and share our link.
We'll be fundraising until 6/30/21.
With the help of gracious members of the community and corporate sponsors, She Is STEM & The Black Girl Social Club: Jacksonville chapter were able to successfully make the Holiday Season brighter for the residents of the Sulzbacher Center with our Winter Drive 2020! The U-haul was full of basic necessities and non-perishable food items. We had assistance unloading the donations by some pleasant staff at Sulzbacher.
We are so grateful to be able to help those in need!
Shout out to June Cup, Global Protection Corporation, Ross Dress for Less, Costco, and CVS for your corporate donations!
Thanks for all of the support!
We are pleased to announce that we'll be collaborating with the Sulzbacher Center for our first Winter donation drive!!! Sulzbacher strives to end homelessness, one person at a time. Here at She Is STEM, INC, we strive to improve our community by assisting those in need. For this collaboration we'll be raising funds and collecting new, unopened in-kind products to provide basic needs items to those in need.
Our goal is to raise $5,000 for this initiative.
Please check out our donation page! Anything you donate can help us make an impact.
This fundraiser will close December 1, 2020.
Update: Our fundraiser is closed and we are so thankful for all of those who supported us! We can't wait to drop off all of the donations next week in time for the holidays.
One of our core pillars (assist) involves local and international mission trips. Missions are important to us because they allow us to connect to the public and can give insight and experiences in an international setting. It's like vacationing while working in a sense because you get to learn new cultures, areas, and/or communities, while also providing medical/pharmacy assistance.
In March 2019, Chipo and I traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras for our first ever 2-week pharmacy mission trip as pharmacists! With the help of the generous public and Patterson dental supply company, we were able to assist the Baxter ambulatory clinic and Hospital Escuela C.A.I. (HIV/AIDS) clinic with medications, glucose meters, and hygiene product bags. We also provided a women and children's orphanage with hygiene bags as well!
We were grateful to provide hygiene products to people who may not have been able to buy them otherwise. Sometimes we take things such as toothbrushes for granted since we get them for free in the United States from our dentists/orthodontists. It's very humbling to be able to receive certain items for free or at a low cost, when others have to choose between buying food or soap, for example.
In addition to volunteering in the clinics, we were able to travel and experience Valle de Angeles, Santa Lucia, and even eat at El Patio :).
Chipo and I greatly enjoyed the culture and welcoming nature of everyone in Honduras. We look forward to continuing our mission work and meeting new friends along the way.