The Strength of Women in the Community: Danville Women's Club & Culture to Culture

These two organizations were founded by women and they represent why I got involved in community efforts as they represent my mantra which is in working “Together We’re The Unity in CommUnity.

The Danville Women’s Club (DWC) recently had their monthly luncheon.

It was special in two ways. First, it was a celebration of Chinese New Year, with food provided by Chia-Chia Chien, founder of Culture to Culture. Second, I answered the gracious invitation of Ida Williams to join.

DWC was founded in 1911 as “The Mother’s Club" and then changed to DWC when it joined the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) in 1939. Together, they are a gathering of community-minded women of varying ages from Danville, San Ramon, and the surrounding area. The DWC president is Barbara Chavez and through their volunteering and fund-raising efforts, they provide community service and support many organizations, along with awarding scholarships for the San Ramon Valley School District students.

What added cultural enrichment to our Luncheon was our Chinese New Year celebration sponsored by Chia-Chia Chien, founder of the Culture to Culture Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose community-based effort is promoting mental health and emotional wellness within the San Francisco Bay Area's expanding Asian-American community.

Since 2001, Chia-Chia Chien, and her foundation, has been indefatigable in her mission to bridge the gap and bring better access to culturally capable mental health services among the area's Asian-American population. This includes educational programs, cultural activities and community events.

Although they are two separate organizations, women founded both the Danville Women's Club and Culture to Culture Foundation. These united women work together to make a positive difference for their communities. The Danville Women’s Club is dedicated efforts support community needs with fundraising and scholarships and Culture to Culture provides cultural enrichment and educational awareness of mental health issues within the Asian communities.

The way I see it women have always had active important roles in their families, their careers, and within their communities. Women founded these two organizations and their shared values are why I joined in their community efforts as they represent my personal and business mantra, which is: “Together We’re The Unity in Community."

For more information on the DWC go to danvillewomensclub.org.

For more information on Culture to Culture go to www.culturetoculture.org.



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