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Three generations of women's rights advocates: Harriet Vines, Robyn Swirling and Deborah Rogers
Three generations of change-makers: Harriet Vines, Robyn Swirling and Deborah Rogers (Left to Right)

Six months ago, I joined the EWI team as the volunteer grant writer. When I saw this opportunity listed on a volunteer website, it seemed the perfect fit for my desire to work in the development field to support a nonprofit engaged in a mission aligned with my values.

I am the third generation of women on my mother’s side who has been committed to promoting women’s rights, opportunity and empowerment, and I have passed the torch to my daughter. In EWI, I recognize the passion and commitment necessary to pursue these important goals. More importantly, I am inspired by the women who lead the organization, as well as by the EWI entrepreneurs.

My first day in the office ended by attending a session of EWI’s “Entrepreneur Training for Success.” The session’s theme was “Telling My Story.” I could not have imagined the inspiring stories I would hear about how the women had faced seemingly insurmountable challenges, only to find themselves pursuing their dreams and their future with the assistance of EWI. It was an eye-opening experience I will never forget.

EWI Students, Board members and Friends with me on the far right side
EWI Students, Board members and Friends with me on the far right side
My first class at EWI listening to students inspiring stories
My first class at EWI, listening to students’ inspiring stories

Much like the women it serves, EWI has its own story. One of an organization conceived by a woman with vision, passion, commitment, and a boundless energy that she devotes to helping others and achieving change. Fortunately, Marga has assembled a team around her equally dedicated to pursuing this vision and serving EWI’s mission to cultivate economic opportunity and social empowerment for its women clients. This makes my job as a grant writer much easier, as I am able to convey EWI’s commitment and success to its funders.

I look forward to continuing to build support for EWI, and I hope you will join me in this effort.

Be  changemaker. Make a difference. Donate.

Written by Deborah V. Rogers, EWI Volunteer Grant Writer


Deborah Rogers: “Inspired by the Brave Women of EWI”
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