Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc.
On the local level AAUW offers exceptional volunteerism, student assistance, close friendships, and continuing education.
Our local branch currently supports several Community Service Initiatives: Court Watch, Leading to Reading, , Extending Girls' Horizons, Girls' Conference, Mothers Project and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - Math Buddies, Marist Liberty Partnership); Annual Events: Annual Meeting, Ribfest for LAF , Woman of the Year, and Writers' Tea & Benefit Auction and Board Committees: Diversity and Inclusion, International Relations and Public Policy/AAUW Priorities.
We raise money for scholarships each year. Some of this money is distributed by the national association, but we also give scholarships each year to Dutchess Community College students who will be continuing with their education.
Our special Interest Groups that currently exist have interest in reading books, plays and poems; playing bridge, Mah Jongg or word games; cooking or dining out; creating crafts or art; touring, walking, biking or hiking, taking photographs and attending movies. Each group is very active.
Our monthly membership programs cover a wide range of topics, from educational issues to women's history and health issues.
On the national level membership in AAUW offers exceptional tangible and intangible benefits — a strong voice, a vibrant community, relevant information, and valuable resources.
AAUW's 100,000-member voice makes a difference on critical women's and civil rights issues — briefing policy-makers, spearheading coalitions, and impacting the world through international initiatives and partnerships. There are opportunities for individual action through activities such as the AAUW Capitol Hill Lobby Corps and Two-Minute Activist. AAUW provides you the opportunity to support and be the first to learn about ground-breaking research on women, girls, and education.
Wherever you go, you will find a community of friends and professional contacts in AAUW — a powerful local and national network for personal and professional growth. Locate AAUW colleagues from around the world through our Member Services Database and give back to your local community through projects to benefit women and girls as a branch member. Stay on the pulse of all issues and activities through AAUW's growing social media network by joining the AAUW Facebook page and group, and following us on Twitter, YouTube, and the AAUW Dialog blog.
AAUW is a trusted source of timely and important information. Our award-winning magazine AAUW Outlook highlights issues and individuals affecting women and girls today. Action Network briefs alert you to congressional actions on issues that can change your life. State and branch groups publish newsletters about local activities and interests, and the e-newsletters from AAUW regularly updates members about the work of AAUW and provides information on today's hot issues and opportunities for activism.
AAUW provides many educational and professional development experiences for you to improve your personal and leadership skills as well as opportunities for educational advancement through fellowships, grants, and awards. There are special resources for members facing employment challenges and exclusive member discounts on numerous things from subscriptions to insurance. AAUW has partnered with more than 25 companies to create a portfolio of tailored services and discounts that can enhance your professional and personal life – and save you money!