For the past 10 years Burlington, MA Womenade has organized countless events (in person and virtual) in order to offer support to local families. Since its founding in April of 2011 this organization has raised and distributed $180,000 to 190 Burlington families with $50,000 in COVID relief being raised in the past year for 122 families. The charitable organization is holding fundraising events throughout the year to celebrate a decade of giving.
In March Womenade held their first ever month-long raffle. The March Raffle Calendar held $2,700 worth of prizes, raffled off everyday for 31 days. Close to 500 people purchased tickets, raising almost $10,000.
Looking for somewhere to hold an outdoor event, they reached out to Nordblom Company about using The Green at 3rd Ave. Womenade Founder and Director Korey Barkley said it serendipitously happened that Xtend Barre fitness center at 3rd Ave. was looking for an organization to support with their Sunday Sweat Series.
“It was just really fortunate with the timing. That they were looking for someone to support at the same time we were looking for a location,” Barkley said.
No celebration is complete without snacks, and Baked By Briana is providing custom decorated sugar cookies for the occasion. Burlington, MA Womenade is working with Briana Apruzzese, owner of Baked By Briana for some special anniversary treats.
“She bakes delicious cookies and decorates them beautifully, creating special designs for Womenade’s 10th anniversary that are for sale with a percentage going to Womenade,” said Barkley.
Burlington, MA Womenade is also selling bumper magnets for cars at $5 a piece, available through their Facebook page and website. Barkley said after a summer break they are looking forward to continuing their work in September.
“Honestly, our fingers are crossed that things have improved enough so that we’re able to have in-person events,” Barkley continued. “But regardless I think we will continue to do some virtual events because we’ve gotten feedback from people in town that although they might not attend an in person event, they feel more comfortable in the virtual setting.”
At the beginning of the school year Womenade holds an annual ice cream party fundraiser with Primrose School of Burlington. Not letting the pandemic hinder their efforts, this year Primrose School sold Hoodsie cups over a couple of Fridays to help raise money. Womenade is hopeful to do an event with Primrose School in fall. They also held a successful virtual cooking class and are looking at another for fall along with a virtual trivia night. Womenade is fielding outdoor yoga and Zumba fundraising opportunities as well.
For those interested in contributing to Burlington, MA Womenade’s efforts, Barkley says it’s not a club you need to join. Events are open to the public, follow them on facebook or sign up to get their newsletter of events every two months or so. Also, you do not need to be a woman to be a part of Burlington, MA Womenade. Barkley expressed the organization’s gratitude for the community’s support.
“We’re so thankful to live in a community like Burlington where people really do care about each other. Even though things have been so tough this year we’ve raised more money this year than any other year because people are so generous,” said Barkley proudly.
Burlington, MA Womenade Board Members are Sharleen Davis, Nicole Dupuis, Amanda Holmes, Kelly Hoogeboom, Elizabeth Melo, Victoria Nguyen and Megan Worsham.