Charity

Interested in helping to make a difference? 

The International Women’s Association of Krakow is a non-for-profit charitable association of volunteers. We raise money to support charities benefiting the children of Krakow especially underprivileged children and children with disabilities. In some cases we support charities based in Krakow helping children nationally and internationally. We welcome proposals from charities of this kind and we give special consideration to proposals from smaller charities. We welcome donations of products that we can auction at our fundraising events, however our organization is unwilling to endorse or promote products for sale. We warmly invite international newcomers to Krakow to participate in our regular social activities and fundraising events.

WHAT DO WE DO? 

  • Members visit possible recipients to talk about their needs, to establish a relationship with the people in charge, and to find out as much information as they can about possible funding and IWAK sponsorship of a specific project.
  • The committee then identifies the recipient(s) that will receive the monies raised at our two annual fund-raising events, the Christmas Ball and the IWAK picnic.
  • Members help to acquire company sponsorships for fund-raising events.
  • Members volunteer their time to help at fund-raising events.
  • The Charity Committee continues to visit and work with the people we are helping and follows up on the projects being funded.
  • The committee also collects clothing and furniture from members to donate to those in need.

IWAK FUND-RAISING EVENTS

There are two primary fund-raisers each year – the Christmas Ball in December and the IWAK Picnic in June. These events are also supported by donations from corporate sponsors.  

Recent Projects

Samorzadowe Przedszkole Specjalne nr 100 w Krakowie is a pre-school in Nowa Huta for children, under the age of 6, with various types of special needs. The principal of the school is Mrs. Iwona Romanek and the school has just celebrated it 40th anniversary. Przedszkole 100 has a very creative philosophy and promotes the artistic expression of its students. It even serves as the students' gallery, with its walls decorated with their works of art (paitings, drawings, collages). IWAK is currently raising money to help the school improve its facilities. In October we donated 5000 PLN, which was used to buy specific equipment to assist the students with their special needs in the classroom. Our next goal is to make a substantial donation in December, after our annual Christmas Ball fundraising event, to help with the improvement of their playground facilities.

A non-profit organization whose members are foster and adoptive families, their children, pedagogues, sociologists, psychologists, lawyers, and physicians. Their goal is to realize the idea that each child should be brought up in a family. IWAK donations have included Christmas gifts or outings for the children, as well as year-round used furniture and clothing donated by members. Funds raised during the 2008 IWAK Christmas Charity Ball made badly needed renovation of a building, that is used by Pro-Familia to provide counselling services, a reality.

  • Dun Bear Cubs

This organization utilizes volunteers from the community to befriend mentally and physically challenged individuals. Volunteers assist and works with the Dun Bear Cub providing support, love, and friendship as they tend to be isolated from normal society.IWAK has provided money to purchase a paddle boat, life jackets, some food and beverages, and a parachute for sensory educational games. The therapeutic items were initiated at their summer camp retreat, but can be utilized year round

This facility is a home for children up to six years of age, whose parents can’t care for them. Additionally, it is a home for handicapped children up to three years old, and provides shelter for very young (under age eighteen), single mothers and their children. Nine specialized beds with adjustable railing were purchased by IWAK, and an infant exersaucer. In addition, IWAK members also volunteered to teach English to interested mothers.

IWAK MEMBER DONATIONS

IWAK donates the clothing to several organizations who can best utilize these items. A regular monthly pick-up of items IWAK members no longer want is organised and collected. Items include clothing, toys - even electrical devices that are not functioning (the Roma salvage copper from these items). Pick-up locations are emailed/announced to members each month via the Newsletter.

Interested in helping to make a difference? All IWAK members are welcome to join. For further information, please contact iwak.krakow@gmail.com 

 

News

Spring is in the air!

Happy easter everyone!

Spring has finally arrived and IWAK is buzzing with activity!  We are busy as ever organizing. Have a look at the calender to learn about our latest events. We have some specials in store for you, including our Spring Mixer and a creative Spring Exhibition.

Looking forward to seeing you again!

Happy 2016!

IWAK wishes everyone a happy new year!
May it be a memorable one, filled with friendship and lots of fun in beautiful Krakow! 

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