Women's network helps low-income moms

The Women's Achievement Network and Development Alliance (WANDA), which aims to increase the economic self-sufficiency of low-income, single mothers in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, is participating in the community-wide Silicon Valley Gives Campaign on May 6, a one-day online fundraiser hosted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

WANDA has been given a dollar-or-dollar challenge grant of up to $25,000, which could mean as much as $50,000 for the organization. WANDA's objective is to help 25 more women finish college.

To date, the organization says it has helped 134 low-income single mother heads of households move toward financial independence for themselves and their children. Women in the program have saved close to $500,000, which they have invested in first homes, college education, retirement savings and new businesses.

Members of the WANDA Leadership Circle include: from Atherton, Dianne Giancarlo, Anne Gunderson, Paula Hurd, Susan Hyatt and Libby Taylor; from Menlo Park, Susan Kokores; from Portola Valley, Sue Levy; from Woodside, Liz Korman, Mary Henry, Susan Breyer, Vaciliki Papademetriou and Christina Kamra; and from Palo Alto, Barbara Jones, Chris Kenrick, Glowe Chang, Patty Raleigh and Elizabeth Ronn.

Click here to join the May 6 campaign.


Posted by Kay, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on May 6, 2014 at 10:57 am

I was so cheered by this article! In this very affluent area, an organization of kind and generous women offering a helping hand to other less fortunate women is such a wonderful thing! WANDA is directly helping some individuals and their families to take a step forward and thereby indirectly lifting our whole community. Kudos WANDA!

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