Charitable Projects

The New Albany Women’s Network was proud to partner with New Albany Food Pantry during the month of July. We are grateful to our members for helping us raise over $1,000 in donations, in support of families living in our very own school district. A monetary donation to the pantry is significant because they can use their relationships to stretch the funds ten times farther, making our donation a $10,000 value. We support the Mission of New Albany Food pantry and look forward to partnering with them again in the near future.

In past years we have collected school supplies and office supply store gift cards, summer camp supplies, newborn baby supplies, and more for local organizations in need. Each December NAWN holds our “Make Holiday Magic” gift drive for local families who cannot afford holiday gifts for their children. Identified through the New Albany Plain Local Schools, NAWN receives an anonymous list of families and their holiday gift wish lists. NAWN members fulfill these wishes and help “Make Holiday Magic” for local families in need.

For more information about our Charitable Projects programs, please contact charitableprojects@NAWN.org.


Each year NAWN awards two $2,000 scholarships to graduating New Albany High School seniors who demonstrate strong commitment to community service, excellent spirit of leadership and cooperation, exemplary school citizenship and are in good academic standing. NAWN is able to fund these scholarships through our Endowment Fund.

2020– Nina Molnar, Ohio University

2020 – Meredith Given, Miami University

2018– Emma Dunn, Rice University

2018 – Romina Biswas, Miami University

2017 – Victoria Boals, The Ohio State University

2017 – Madison Miller, The Ohio State University

2016 – Sam Malik, University of Cincinnati

2016 – Olivia Neff, Depauw University

2015 – Camilla Suarez, Harvard University

2015 – Mollie Koval, Brown University

2014 – Abigail Fox, Denison University

2014 – Adam Erlichman, Case Western Reserve

2013 – Leigha Anthony, University of Colorado Boulder

2013 – Devon Pitts, Denison University

2012 – Shana Beth Marks, Ohio State University

2012 – Katherine Miller, University of Pennsylvania

2011 – Megan Carter, Smith College

2011 – Abigail Mackey, North Carolina State University

2010 – Joe Calland, Northwestern

2010 – Lauren Thomas, Northwestern

2009 – Chelsey Craig, Ohio University

2009 – Elise Scribano, Ohio State University

Volunteer Opportunities

NAWN Cares for Columbus Challenge
Being part of NAWN is about giving back to our community. To help us reach our giving goals, NAWN decided to challenge ourselves and created the “NAWN Cares for COLUMBUS” challenge! These challenges are aimed at helping local charitable organizations meet either an immediate need or reach a long-term goal. We had a very successful first challenge in May with “Seeds of Caring,” which provided 140 sack lunches to the Van Buren Homeless Shelter in Columbus.

In our second NAWN Cares for COLUMBUS challenge we are aiming to provide 100 blankets (or more) to “My Very Own Blanket,” a non-profit organization based in Westerville. My Very Own Blanket donates blankets to children in the foster care system. The blankets are familiar items the children can take from one home to another, often the one consistent thing in their lives. Each blanket is personalized with the child’s name, giving them a feeling of comfort, security, and most of all, a smile.​ My Very Own Blanket has set a goal of donating 25,000 blankets in 2020 and NAWN is looking for volunteers to help them reach that goal!

Making these blankets is an easy project for families to do together and suitable for all ages. It simply involves tying knots at the ends of cut fabric and only takes about 40 minutes to complete a blanket. All you need is a good pair of scissors and a blanket kit from My Very Own Blanket. Kits can be ordered for $10 each by clicking HERE, and include enough fleece fabric for one blanket, My Very Own Blanket’s special tag, a cutting template and instructions. Kits should be ordered by June 10.

Volunteers are needed to make blankets, to sew personalized labels and to help with delivery/pick-ups. Click HERE to sign up to volunteer.

If you have an idea for a future NAWN Cares for Columbus challenge or other volunteer opportunity, or would like to be more involved with NAWN’s volunteer efforts, please contact Nichol at volunteering@nawn.org.

Neighborhood Outreach

For general information about Neighborhood Outreach or to sign up to be part of our committee please contact outreach@NAWN.org.

When a member of our community, NAWN member or not, is in need, Neighborhood Outreach is here to help. This group coordinates meals and other services for individuals and families going through any life event that may require some help from friends, such as the addition of a new child, a move, or an illness or death. Any member may recommend a family or individual (NAWN member or not), and any member may ask for assistance. In a normal year between 50 – 100 meals will be provided to those in need within the New Albany community. This program is a great way to fulfill NAWN’s mission of “creating a strong community.” If you or someone you know could use the help of our Neighborhood Outreach group, please contact outreach@NAWN.org.