WEST SHORE — Three charities have been selected as recipients of volunteer work from members of High Hopes in High Heels, a networking volunteer organization for women.
The nonprofit recipients were announced at its annual kick-off on Sept. 13 with more than 60 attending the reception at the Centre Club They are:
• High Risk Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides support, encouragement, information and resources to women and families who are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy resulting in hospital bed rest, potential premature birth and neonatal intensive care after delivery.
• Quantum Leap Farm, which provides therapeutic and recreational horseback riding, carriage driving, equine co-facilitated mental health services, and a variety of experiential learning programs, serving children and adults with mental and physical disabilities.
• Redefining Refuge, which is dedicated to fighting for women and children who have been victims of depraved injustices such as physical, emotional and sexual abuse, with a prevailing emphasis on the abolition of the commercial sex trafficking industry.
Rachel Luis, co-founder and president of the group, said how High Heels volunteers will support the groups is being developed.
“But we are supporting them in any way they need over the next year, which may include organizing fundraisers, projects and awareness events or lending volunteers.” Luis said.
She said High Hopes members will assist as volunteers with High Risk Hopes first Tot Trot race on Nov. 16 and collect donations at its social events for care packages for expectant mothers.
The organization has about 50 members and new members are accepted year-round, Luis said.
“What our members really enjoy about our organization is that the charities we choose to work with are smaller, local charities that are having a positive impact on people in our very own community,” she said.
In the spring, High Hopes will host its second High Heel Hunt, a pub crawl and scavenger hunt, to help fund the community projects.
For information about the organization, see www.highhopesinhighheels.org.