Women’s Forum

The KCS Women’s forum is a group that connects, educates, and supports women of all ages in our community. We value friendship, individuality, education, and fostering a sense of cohesiveness among the community members. We provide opportunities and experiences that will empower our members and also inspire them to give back to our community through mentorship, volunteering, and charity work.

2021 Activities

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Yoga

Every Saturday at 8:30 AM
Email womensforum@kcsmw.org for details.

Snehalayam 2021

2021 Beneficiary is Amrita Raj and family from Kollam district. If you wish to donate, please see within Event details.

Our Events

  • Virtual Meet & Greet with fun topics - Get gardening tips from pro gardener, Vidya Nair, and learn about Handlooms and Weaves from an expert, Biji Shaji.  (Feb 28th)
  • Valentine Couple Photo Contest (Feb14th)
  • Seed Sharing Program - Novice initiative to share seeds and seedlings to encourage our own home garden. (April through June 2021)
  • Snehalayam 2021 - Recurring initiative to build a home for the selected beneficiary (In progress) / Beneficiary selection completed
  • Pothichoru Drive 2021- Fundraiser event where KCS women's forum volunteers prepared and packaged the pothichoru based on pre-orders. Raised $4287 towards Snehalayam project (Sept 19th)  https://youtu.be/hAVPgK0FISQ
  • October Info Session (Oct 17th)
    • Mindfulness in a stressful environment - By Dr. Reena Gopinathan
    • US school systems - Parents need to know - By Mrs. Kirthi Thampuran
    • Breast cancer awareness video - By Dr. Asha Potti

Event Details

Snehalayam 2021

Send an email to womensforum@kcsmw.org for any queries:

Our 2021 beneficiary is a family of three women - 14-year-old Amrita Raj, her mother, and her blind ailing grandmother.

We are opening our doors for the Snehalayam 2021 charity event. We humbly request your support this year too. You may choose  ANY of the following modes to do so:
  1. Facebook fundraising (#GivingTuesday) - Here is the link to our Facebook fundraising page which is open until the end of this year. However, All donations received specifically on November 30th, 2021, 8:00 am are eligible to get % matched by Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/donate/1131092874093498/
  2. Donate via Paypal to KCS -  Can be done via https://www.paypal.me/KCSMW
  3. Zelle transfer to KCS - Can be done using email: treasurer@kcsmw.org
Please indicate 'Snehalayam 2021' in the description if you prefer using Paypal or Zelle option.

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October Info Session 
  1. Mindfulness in a stressful environment - By Dr. Reena Gopinathan
  2. US school systems - Parents need to know - By Mrs. Kirthi Thampuran  https://youtu.be/WuujG86CHbQ
  3. Breast cancer awareness video - By Dr. Asha Potti. https://youtu.be/pqzaYLEjRkg

Pothichoru Drive  

Homemade meals were prepared and packaged by KCS women's forum volunteers based on the pre-orders that came in. View the highlights here - > https://youtu.be/hAVPgK0FISQ

Seed Sharing Program - This novice program was formed with 28 people who inspired each other to exchange seeds, seedlings, and cuttings. We began the process around mid-April with seeds and  went  into early June (saplings and seedlings exchange)

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Valentine Couple Photo Contest - Prize sponsors for the top two most liked pics - Sarees from J2M Styles and Parul's Fashions

(1st Prize - Susan and Jayan AND 2nd Prize - Sreenaja and Sanjay)

Virtual Meet & Greet  - First coffee of the year with some fun topics

 

2020 Activities

Snehalayam 2020 - home for Amina and her family has been completed.

2013-2019 Activities

Collected over $7300 at our Annual Fundraiser and Charity Dinner for Snehalayam Project to help build a house for a widow and her daughter from Palakkad district.

Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ut3vDeeRPUECaPhn9

Collected $8,935 for Snehalayam Project to build a house for the needy family in Kozhikode.

Volunteered at the Maryland Food Bank.

Kerala Flood Relief Fundraiser – collected and donated $35,476 to various organizations to support the flood victims in Kerala.

Collected and Donated $11,821

  • Snehalayam, a new project to build a house for the needy family in Kerala.
  • Snehalayam 2017 we built a house for a family in Alappuzha.
  • PRATHEEKSHA – to provide education for the under privileged children for a full year.
  • Hope for Henry Foundation for Cancer Research - care for seriously ill children and their families
  • Dhisha Kerala’s Oppam Project – to provide education materials.

Volunteered:

  • The Grassroots Crisis Intervention by providing home-made dinner every month.
  • NVFS Serve Campus – Provided home-made food every quarter.

Collected and Donated $5325

Donated to:

  • PRATHEEKSHA – to provide education for the under privileged children for a full year.
  • Hope for Henry Foundation for Cancer Research - care for seriously ill children and their families
  • Ellicott City Flood Relief
  • My Life Learning Inc

Volunteered at:

  • The Grassroots Crisis Intervention by providing dinner every month
  • Cloth drive in June

Collected and Donated $5,000

Donated to:

  • Hope for Henry Foundation for Cancer Research - care for seriously ill children and their families
  • Thanal Balashramam - to help provide education for the under-privileged children of ages 10 and below.
  • Radha Krishna Public Trust – a home that provides a HOME for the mothers.

Volunteered at:

  • The Grassroots Crisis Intervention by providing dinner every month.
  • LAWS – Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter in Leesburg, VA
  • NVFS’ Serve Campus – Provided home-made food every month.

Collected and Donated $6,400

Donated to:

  • Little Flower Mercy Home
  • Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Orphanage and Rehabilitation Center
  • Emmanuel Snehasramam Children’s Center
  • Montgomery Women’s shelter

Volunteered at:

  • Women’s Center in Rockville, MD - A shelter for homeless women.

Activities 

  • Stitch-n-style workshop (3)
  • Mind, body & soul workshop

Collected and Donated $6,100

Donated to:

  • PRATHEEKSHA – to provide education for the under privileged children for a full year.
  • Regional Cancer Center in Trivandrum (RCC) – to the Poor Patient Welfare Fund for supporting women cancer patients.