Community Action Projects

Community action projects support the mission, values, and strategic plan of the branch.  These projects are open to all members of the community.  Contact the project chairs to learn how to participate.

CENTER FOR CHANGE         

Support the women who are transitioning from Prison to the community or in probation at the Women’s Center for Change in Waterloo.  This facility is run by the Department of Corrections.  AAUW hosts a clothing drive each fall and spring as well as helping with other housings of the center as they arise.  Project Chairs – Bonnie Smith,, Sherrie Dreyer,  Jane Nelson

EMPOWER HER                                                                                      

This project addresses insufficient access to acceptable feminine hygiene products that threatens the health, dignity, education, and lives of girls and women in the Cedar Valley.  Project Chair – Maureen White

PROMOTING GLOBAL AWARENESS/GREAT DECISIONS FOR PUBLIC

Issues of international importance are discussed using the Great Decisions briefing book and video developed by the Foreign Policy Association.  Meetings are held at the Cedar Falls Public Library on third Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Project Chair – Gloria Tollefson

GENDER BALANCE IN GOVERNMENT

The Black Hawk County Gender Balance Coalition and Butler Gender Balance Team work with elected officials to attain gender balance on appointed city and county boards and commissions and to encourage individuals to serve (based on Code of Iowa, Chapter  162, 69.16A). Project Chairs – Jane Close (Butler), Maureen White (Black Hawk)

CEDAR VALLEY DISCUSS AND DISCOVER DIVERSITY (CV3D)

Lively and interesting discussions of books about diverse populations are held on second Mondays, 4:30-6:00 at the Cedar Falls Library.  Guest facilitators add their expertise in the areas of discussion. Book sales are also held at monthly dinner meetings.  2020-2021 Brochure Project Chairs – Judy Beckman, Mary Dove

TEXTBOOKS FOR REFUGEES

Support is provided to women in the local United Nations refugee and immigrant communities to purchase textbooks for college-level courses at Cedar Valley higher education institutions. Project Chairs –  Karen Agee, Sarah Kraft

WORK SMART & START SMART                                      

This free AAUW online workshop addresses the gender pay gap, empowering women with the skills to negotiate their salary and benefits. Project Chair – Maureen White

REACHING OUT WITH BOOKS                                    

New and gently used books and magazines are donated to the women;s unit of the Black Hawk County Jail, Waterloo Women’s Center for Change, and House of Hope as part of the AAUW mission to advance education for women. Project Chair – Amy Hoyer