AAUW Lakewood promotes and supports public education. We participate in local events, such as Race for the Cure and the Second Wind Walk/Run. We also have collaborated with and supported local artists.
We achieve positive outcomes by combining our efforts with other community groups:
- West Jeffco Chamber of Commerce
We co-sponsor the annual Good News Breakfast.
- Jeffco Action Center
We support The Action Center, by collecting and donating food and supplies especially needed by women and children.We support The Action Center Shelter, which serves homeless women and families, by cooking and donating food for one day a month.
- Habitat for Humanity
In the past we have participated in Habitat for Humanity builds.
- City of Lakewood
In the past AAUW Lakewood helped support a Sister Cities program with Chester England that provided an exchange of young musicians.
For several years Lakewood AAUW’s local philanthropy was A Step Up: Education is the Gateway to Women’s Financial Security. We assisted with the educational goals of women who were working hard toward self-sufficiency and a better life in Jefferson County. We teamed with Stride, a social service organization in our community, to help us identify women who needed financial assistance for their next educational steps. We successfully funded this effort with the wonderful support of the 240 Union Restaurant in Lakewood.
AAUW Lakewood believes strongly that a community is enhanced by support for the Arts. In addition to the music exchange, our branch commissioned a life-sized bronze statue, “Imagine That.” Our member Kathy Anderson sculpted a young female soccer player imagining whom she might become as she reads books on science and math.
We also solicited funds and personally helped pay for “Three Generations,” another bronze statue, which has been placed outside the Lakewood Heritage Center.