Over $370,000 donated to our local community.
Provide assistance to community members in times of hardship.
Offer help without prejudice or discrimination.
Maintain a minimal overhead to ensure that nearly all funds raised go directly to those in need.
Encourage ongoing financial independence.
Strengthen a sense of community among local residents.
We are not a long-term solution. We help when no other resources are available. Our belief is that by helping someone through a short term crisis, we can help keep their situation from becoming worse.
How it Works
A need is identified through a Community Validator, who is a reputable source such as a school nurse, guidance counselor, teacher, doctor, hospice worker, clergy member, therapist, or worker at a social service agency. Common funding needs include childcare, dental/medical care, housing/rent, transportation, and utilities.
This source authenticates the individual/family situation and contacts Oyster River Womenade by completing an online request form.
The need is immediately discussed by the Board, and if approved, funds are distributed, usually in just a few days.
1. Do you only provide financial assistance to women?
No. Oyster River Womenade provides assistance to ALL individuals irrespective of gender identity.
2. Where do your donations come from?
90% of our donations come from our annual fundraiser.
The remaining 10% comes from one-time and monthly donations from local residents and businesses.
We do not receive any support from a national chapter. Oyster River Womenade is truly using local resources to help local people.