Community Outreach

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Engaging with Our Community

AAUW Morgan Hill actively supports our local community, both as an organization and as individual volunteers, Our members have created and implemented local programs for girls and women, in addition to supporting AAUW California and national AAUW programs at a local level. The branch also provides grants, recruits volunteers, co-sponsor programs, and provide publicity for local non-profit organizations. Branch support is conditional upon the organization’s goals being consistent with AAUW’s mission: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Candidate Forums

During election years, AAUW Morgan Hill hosts or co-hosts a local candidate forum. In addition, the branch publicizes other local, non-partisan candidate events. AAUW member contact is Janet McElroy.

Community Action Grants

The success of our annual Wildflower Run enables us to now provide multiple grants of up to $1000 each to local non-profit community organizations, for projects whose goals are consistent with AAUW’s mission. Applications are due in the fall  for grants issued early the following year. Click here for past recipient information, guidelines, and an application form. AAUW member contact is Susan Rife.

Friends of the Morgan Hill Library

AAUW Morgan Hill co-sponsors the annual Silicon Valley Reads guest speaker program at the library. The branch also publicizes other Friends of the Library events. For more information go to Friends of the Library; AAUW member contact is Carol O’Hare.

GEMS: Girls Engaged in Math & Science

This unique AAUW Morgan Hill group mentors girls in grades 7-12 through field trips, speakers and activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. For more information go to GEMS. AAUW member contact is Susan Oldham-Fritts.

Great Decisions

This is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. It provides background information and policy options for the the eight most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country. The Morgan Hill members of this organization meet monthly for eight months of each year to discuss a specific international topic. AAUW member contact is Joanne Rife.

High Speed Rail (HSR) Options for Morgan Hill

The California High Speed Rail Authority plans to locate a section of the HSR line through Morgan Hill and is soliciting public input on the proposed locations. AAUW MH member and local architect Lesley Miles has provided an analysis of the four proposed locations. We urge community members to read Lesley’s analysis and to make your thoughts known to City staff and the HSR Authority. AAUW member contact is Lesley Miles.

Keeping In Touch (KIT) Grants

AAUW Morgan Hill members provide support to our past scholarship recipients through continued mentoring, tutoring, networking, and financial support. For more information go to Local Scholarships. AAUW member contact is Katie Howard.

KIVA Team Morgan Hill

KIVA provides micro loans in developing countries. with special focus on education. Go to KIVA Team Morgan Hill for more information and/or sign up with Team Morgan Hill on the KIVA website. AAUW member contact is Margaret McCann.

Know The Score

This nation-wide study, coordinated by AAUW, assesses equity in high school sports and compliance with Title IX regulations. For more information go to Know the Score. AAUW member contact is Joanne Rife.

Lauren Jenkins STEM Workshop For High School Girls

In memory of long-time AAUW Morgan Hill member Dr. Lauren Jenkins, our branch is presenting what we hope will become annual STEM workshops for high school girls. Topics include agriculture, engineering and microbiology. AAUW member contact is Mary Cox

Leadership Morgan Hill

AAUW Morgan Hill encourages our members to expand their contributions to–and leadership within–the Morgan Hill community. Each year we sponsor branch member participation in this community leadership development program. For more information go to Leadership Morgan Hill. AAUW member contact is Joan Ensign.

Learning and Loving Education Center

Branch members volunteer regularly at the Center, helping immigrant women develop English proficiency. The branch also has adopted the Center as the annual holiday beneficiary of member gift card donations and they have been the recipient of AAUW Morgan Hill Community Action Grants (for class materials). For more information go to Learning and Loving Education Center. AAUW member contact is Barbara Palmer.

Morgan Hill Historical Society

AAUW Morgan Hill provides docents for the Morgan Hill House and Historical Museum at Villa Mira Monte. The branch also publicizes Historical Society events to members. For more information go to Morgan Hill Historical Society. AAUW member contact is Kathy Sullivan.

Speech Trek

This is an AAUW California sponsored annual speech competition. Locally we offer the competition to all high school students attending Morgan Hill schools. The Speech Trek program creates a forum for students to gain exposure to gender equality issues and to develop their communication skills. The contest involves high school students writing and delivering a persuasive speech at a local branch meeting. The top three competitors in the state advance each year to a state-wide competition (and our branch has had two students advance to the state level). Go to Speech Trek. AAUW member contact is Joanne Rooney.

Women’s Advocacy Club

A branch member provides advice to the Women’s Advocacy Club at Ann Sobrato High School. WAC is committed to promoting equality on campus and in the community through educating people on the power of words and defying societal expectations to empower women to reach their full potential as strong contributors to the world around them. AAUW member contact is Margaret McCann.

Morgan Hill Wildflower Run Research and Projects Grant Endowment

The branch is funding this  is a national AAUW endowment (#4403) through some of the annual proceeds from the Wildflower Run. The Endowment was created in 2014 and when completed will fund community action and career development grants. (For more information on this and other national AAUW priorities, go to National AAUW Programs.)