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.

KCSMW Women’s Forum is starting to accept applications for the 2024 Snehalayam project. If you know of any deserving families who shall meet the eligibility criteria, please email your questions and requests to womensforum@kcsmw.org by August 31, 2024

  1.  The beneficiary must have their own land suitable for house construction and provide accurate supporting documentation to prove their land ownership.
  2. The beneficiary must provide current family situation or background along with the pictures/video of current house (if available).
  3. ⁠Provide details of the referring person. Referral details must include full name, email address, and phone number.
  4. Provide details of the NGO or Contractor overseeing the construction. Details must also include the total cost estimate/breakdown, final plan/elevation, and schedule/timeline.

Note: There will be a selection process to shortlist and/or select the most deserving beneficiaries.

2024 Activities

June 2024

Pothichoru Drive

Pothichoru Drive June 2024 - Place Your Order before May 27th
April 2024

Doc-Talk Seminar and CPR Training - April 6, 2024

  • Health talk include topics related to Preventative Health Care (Immunization, Screening for cancer, menopause symptoms, cardiovascular health, general health guidelines, and diet) as well as answers to any wellness/health related questions.
  • CPR Training
March 2024

Charity Dinner and Family Night - March 16, 2024

  • Annual Charity Dinner and Family Night.
  • Join us for an evening filled with exciting games, delicious home cooked food, musical entertainment, live DJ, and kids activities
  • Theme: A riot of colors
  • Dress Code: Anything except a plain or combination of only black or white.
  • All proceeds will benefit the Snehalayam project and underprivileged families in India and the U.S.

Contest in honor of International Women's Day - Due March 14, 2024

  • Create and send a video under 1 min on "As a woman, how would you celebrate yourself"? All entries must be sent by 03/14/24 to womensforum@kcsmw.org. Winners will be announced during the Women's Forum's Charity Dinner & Family Night.
ONGOING

Yoga for All - with Satishji - Every Saturday at 8:00 AM EST
Contact womensforum@kcsmw.org for link to join this free yoga class.

 

Snehalayam 2022

The second Snehalayam home for 2022 is completed and the key handover took place on February 26, 2023. Thank you all for your support and patience to ensure Rekha and her family have a safe home. Special thanks to 2022 Women's Forum chairs for raising funds to build two homes in 2022 and a big shoutout to Team Darshana for their leadership in completing their second project with KCSMW.

2013-2021 Activities

March 2023

Celebrate International Women's Day & World Health Day with us on Saturday, March 18th.

  • Save a life with CPR training from 1:00-3:00 PM
    - Register for CPR Training
  • Panel discussion on this year's IWD theme #EmbraceEquality - 3:30-4:30 PM
    𝐽𝑜𝑖𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑘𝑖𝑑𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎 𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑒𝑙 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑢𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑏𝑦 𝑎 𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑚 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑚𝑒𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑠.

February 2023

31-Day Burpee Challenge - due March 6, 2023

Tagline Contest Winner Announcement at Hridayaragam event
Tagline: Together...We can shine!
Winner: Reshma Suraj

January 2023

Tagline Contest for this year's Women's Forum theme: Health & Friendship

November 2022

Charity Night - Fundraising event for Snehalayam

October 2022

Winter Drive: KCS Women's Forum is hosting a drive through Sunday, October 23rd to donate to Women Giving Back and Good Shepherd of Northern Virginia. We will be collecting Winter clothing (for women and children), household items, and cleaning supplies.

September 2022

Pothichoru Drive - All proceeds go to the Snehalayam Project

July 2022

Pothichoru Drive - All proceeds go to the Snehalayam Project

April 2022

Parental Guidance Webinar: Practical Parenting Information

March 2022

Panel discussion on IWD theme #BreakTheBias

February 2022

Financial Planning: Learn about the importance to creating a Will and/or Trust

January 2022

Career Guidance Webinar

  • 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

2021 Beneficiary is Amrita Raj and family from Kollam district.

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

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

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.