In keeping with one of our favorite annual traditions, the IWCS is once again supporting Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. by creating a virtual Holiday Gift Tree for its residents this December!
Every year our members can sign up to buy gifts for the women and children living in the Frauenhaus. You will receive the age of the women and the age/gender/interests of the children to assist you in choosing what to buy.
If you would like to take part, please message Sandra using the contact form below. Once we have the numbers and ages, she will give you the go ahead to start shopping! We do not yet know how many people we need, so we will assign folks on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Please choose a gift valued between €15-20 and try to keep in mind that the shelter is multicultural and many of the families might not yet have strong German skills. You will need to wrap the gift and add a tag with the age/gender information you were given to identify who it is for.
You can drop the finished gifts off at Sandra’s house in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen or mail them to her. She will also be collecting gifts at the Members Only Holiday Dinner as always.
Thank you to all of our members for your continuing enthusiasm for this project every year!
We’re really looking forward to our fundraising cocktail party on July 19th! Funds raised through ticket sales will be added to our annual contribution to the Frauenhaus women’s shelter run by Frauen helfen Frauen e.V here in Stuttgart.
Even though this fundraiser is not our usual full-blown annual charity event, we still have a theme! This year we are excited about the theme ROOFTOP MENAGERIE because this event will be held at the top of the gorgeous Jaz Hotel in Stuttgart and we hope to get a little wild. We would like to encourage you to ‘dress the theme’ with your own interpretation but for some inspiration, check out our Pinterest board.
For 2019’s largest fundraising event of the year, IWCS members are invited to bring a +1 guest but tickets will be limited this year to just 40 guests total. With such limited numbers it’s important to buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Your RSVP in the Facebook event does not guarantee you a ticket; you must transfer your payment to the IWCS bank account to receive your confirmation.
All members will receive an email next week with all the necessary details about tickets, going on sale May 6th.
Frauen helfen Frauen supports women and children at risk in the greater Stuttgart area through its Frauenhaus, crisis assistance and counselling and support services. You can learn more about how IWCS donations have helped support them here.
2019 FUNDRAISING UPDATE
So far we’ve raised several hundred euros toward our annual fundraising target of €1500 but we still have many fundraising dedicated events coming up. With your support we can meet our annual contribution goals!
Some of the highlights so far have included:
Bake Off Viewing Party – €90
Clothes Swap – €70
Fondue Lunch – €136
Candle Making Workshop
Wine Tasting walk in Hohen Asperg
Rooftop Menagerie Cocktail Party
If you have any questions about our charity work, please use the form below to contact our charity coordinator, Claire DeVaney!
IWCS Candle Making Workshop
For members +1 guest (ages 12 + up)
Sunday, May 26th from 13.00 to 16:00
Location: Meghan’s home in Kornwestheim, maximum 12 participants
Nearest S-bahn station: Kornwestheim
Cost per person: €20
Join member Meghan M. for an afternoon of creativity and fun! Her hobby is candle making and we are thrilled that she is sharing her skills and supplies with us in May.
Each participant will be making a personalized, two-wick candle made from Eco Soy wax, which burns cleanly for 40-45 hours. Choose your own scent – Gin & Tonic, Peony & Bluh Suede, Tobacco & Oak, Thai Lime & Mango, or Sage & Sea Salt. Additionally you can decorate the outside of your 500 ml glass jar with an assortment of decorative elements. There will be glitter, decoupage, flowers, beds, ribbons, washi tape, and much more! See the photos below for some examples.
All candle making and decorative supplies will be provided, along with light finger foods, Sekt and coffee for your refreshment.
This event is a charity fundraiser your cost is a €20 donation at the door. All money collected will go to our designated charity, Frauen helfen Frauen.
This is a +1 event, which means:
- Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend
- Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, child age 12 + up, or friend
- You and your guest each pay the cost listed above
Payment is due on the day of the event, however you must confirm your reservation to reserve your spot via the pending Facebook event or using the form below if you aren’t on Facebook. Spaces are limited so RSVP now!
SAVE THE DATE – CHARITY COCKTAIL PARTY BEING PLANNED FOR JULY 19TH
If our recent announcement that we weren’t planning a big charity gala in 2019 filled you with wistful longing for a fancy night out, fear not!
Claire and the charity team are planning a night of dressing up and going out to benefit Frauen helfen Frauen on Friday, July 19th – start preparing your outfit now and put the date in your calendar.
In exchange for your donation, you (and a +1 guest, if you wish) will be admitted to our exclusive summer cocktail party at the rooftop bar atop the Jaz Hotel in Stuttgart-Mitte.
Each guest will receive a complementary welcome cocktail and nibbles and are welcome to purchase as many more drinks as you would like directly at their fabulous bar.
Watch this space for complete details and the opportunity to RSVP to come soon!
Perhaps one of the most under-appreciated aspects of being an IWCS member is the potential to use the network for personal growth. Did you know we even mention personal growth in our mission statement?
‘…the club offers opportunities for involvement that not only look good on a resume but also make members feel good inside.’
Taking the initiative to organize anything requiring “personal engagement” in a country where you might not speak the language can be daunting. Transforming an idea into one that works in Stuttgart can be incredibly frustrating, challenging, exhilarating and rewarding all at the same time. I learned this firsthand when I became involved with the Annual Charity Event during my second year in Germany – it’s not easy and takes real resilience but you would be surprised how far a little determination can go!
Maybe you’ve thought about doing something to give back but you’re not sure how. Perhaps you’d like to work collaboratively to reach a goal but find yourself stumped on how to start.
We can help.
With our support, many of our members have transformed their personal interest into a fundraising opportunity to support women and children in crisis through our charity partner, Frauen helfen Frauen e.V.
In the past club members have held make-up parties and donated a portion of the profits; hosted themed get-togethers such as the annual Great British Bake Off Final Viewing Party and Clothes Swap; and organized a club-wide family Summer Party where we donated the deposit money from our bottles! Both small and big ideas that add up to an impressive contribution when taken together.
We’d love to help you take an idea or something you love doing already and transform it into something that really counts.
Fundraising needn’t always be a gala event. There are plenty of ways to raise money:
- set a goal and get your network to pledge donations
- sell some home-made preserves, craft or artwork
- organize a day trip with a group of kids
- offer a service (face painting, yoga instructor, tour guide, German language tutoring, musician etc) for free
- hold a garage/tag/jumble sale
- organize a car rally or a scavenger hunt
- donate a raffle prize
And if all that is simply not for you, why not get behind our other members already planning charity events this year? Check out this blog post with all the 2019 plans and details!!!
Yours in Personal Growth,
IWCS Charity Coordinator
Have an idea? Contact Claire using this form:
Back in October, we made an announcement that we wouldn’t be planning an Annual Charity Event in 2019. Our team decided to take a break from the big events this year to focus on a smaller and more personal approach.
We promised to update you on our 2019 program so that members can still help make a difference in the lives of the women and children at the Stuttgart Frauenhaus.
Here are some events already on the schedule which will directly support our fundraising efforts this year – click on the photos to see details!
And that is just the first quarter! Some charity events being considered for the rest of the year include a fondue lunch at a member’s home and a night out with cocktails somewhere nice.
Additionally, this year we are restructuring how we price some of our monthly special events (generally tours and cultural events). You might also notice us requesting a donation for some events in lieu of a participation fee. For other events we will start “rounding up” the oddly-priced member prepayment amounts, giving you a nice round number to transfer and some extra change for our 2019 collection.
We hope you enjoy what’s on offer and even think about getting involved in organizing a smaller event yourself! Check our Claire’s blog post about that here.
Here’s to a successful 2019 year of charity!
Let us help you declutter your purses and pockets with our annual AGM coin collection!
Every year we ask members attending the Annual Meeting to bring along their excess change for our collection for Frauen helfen Frauen.
Check your pockets, your wallets and your junk drawers and bring all those annoying and useless little one and two cent coins (and higher!) with you to the AGM and help us make a difference for the ladies at the Frauenhaus.