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Sheila Shucart, right, received the Evelyn Goldberg Memorial Award, St. Louis Chapter's highest honor. With her is Ronnie Brockman, Goldberg's daughter.
JWI Making a Difference Locally

New York
Delivering Mother's Day Joy
Rutha new mother, living in a new countrydoesn't speak English and hasn't yet made friends. She is also an abused woman. But for a few hours this past May she knew what it was like to feel special. That was when she attended the annual Mother's Day party that JWI volunteers hosted at the Transition Center, a shelter in Queens, N.Y.

"We arrived with gifts and flowers, and within a half an hour the community room looked like a lavender and white paradise," says volunteer May Ladman. Along with three huge rose-filled vases, there were party decorations and gaily-colored shopping bags, each with the name of a client inscribed on it. "The staff of the Transition Center had specified needed items for each client, and wherever possible, the gift order was filled," Ladman says.

The women who filed insome with babies in their arms, all initially anxioussoon were smiling along with their volunteer hosts.

Sylvia Popkin of Independence Chapter led the group in song. "Before we knew it, Sylvia's infectious personality took over," Ladman says. "Even the babies responded well. Before we knew it, time was up. As each mother left, gift bag and long-stemmed rose in hand, she gave heartfelt hugs and kisses to our line of hostesses."

St. Louis
A Salute to Volunteer Excellence
The tradition of volunteerism is alive and well in St. Louis. One of those who is carrying on that tradition is Sheilah Shucart, who on April 24 was honored with St. Louis Chapter's highest honorthe Evelyn Goldberg Memorial Award.

The award is presented biennually to a member of the chapter who best exemplifies the values and work ethic of Goldberg, a dynamic former president of the chapter.

More than 100 JWI members and friends attended the luncheon at the Meadowbrook Country Club honoring Shucart and benefiting the Residential Treatment Center in Israel. Shucart, who recently organized three successful domestic violence programs in St. Louis, also served as chapter president and as JWI National Board member. She has been a dedicated volunteer with St. Louis Chapter's gift-wrap project and has led JWI's "Light a Fire, Share a Vision" domestic violence educational campaign in the city.

Richmond, Va.
Gila Honors One of Its Own
Literacy is key to a child's future success. That's why Miriam Davidow is committed to helping children learn how to read through her volunteer work with Richmond Reads and as a founder of the Richmond Jewish Coaltion for Literacy/Micah Initiative. But that is only part of the story of her more than two decades of volunteer work in the city. On May 18, Davidow was honored with the 2004 Sofie Stahl Memorial Award from JWI Gila Chapter.

This award was created by JWI Gila Chapter and the Stahl family to honor a Jewish woman who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to bettering her community. Davidow serves on the Board of the Jewish Family Services, Hope in the Cities, Tredegar National Civil War Center Foundation and JWI Prejudice Awareness Summit. She has volunteered for the Virginia–Israel Partnership, The Rudlin Torah Academy, Survivors of Shoah History Foundation, Jewish Community Center and YMCA, among many other organizations.

Proceeds from the dessert reception held in Davidow's honor at the Richmond Marriott benefited JWI's work.

Canada
Walking to Help Abused Women
Walkers in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and even Florida took part in JWI of Canada's fifth annual Walk for Hope on March 14. Threeor moregenerations of many families were on hand for this lively event, which raises funds to support JWIC's portfolio of programs benefiting abused women and their families.