Since the start of the Lady GODIVA Program, we’ve been so inspired by the many stories of women making a difference in their communities every day. With so many women deserving of recognition, we’ve decided to expand the program and have not just one honoree for 2014 but three! Meet your 2014 Lady GODIVA Program Honorees, whose impressive work inspired us to honor more women this year:
15 years ago, Stephanie Bowman was homeless and addicted to drugs, living in an area where 50% of children go to bed hungry every night. Today she heads One Heart for Women and Children, a vital source of support for needy families and individuals in central Florida. Helping well over 2,000 people a month by distributing over 10,000 pounds of food, Stephanie’s working to make the odds a little better for that 50%.
Erin Dinan’s personal project of photographing and documenting the homeless population of New York City grew into a nonprofit organization dedicated to making and distributing sandwiches to homeless men, women, and children. Aptly called One Sandwich at a Time, Erin’s organization brings together up to 50 people to make 1,000 sandwiches for local shelters at each monthly event.
Wanting to do more to support her community’s health and economy, Molly Rockamann started an apprenticeship program at an organic farm in St. Louis to educate the next generation of organic farmers. Now, EarthDance farm grows more than 75 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs; operates a program that provides city residents with fresh produce straight from the farm; and trains apprentices to operate their own organic farming businesses.
The Lady GODIVA Program isn’t just about celebrating famous women on the news or Pulitzer Prize winners–it’s about recognizing and honoring the women who create change in their communities in ways both large and small. Stay tuned to learn more about this year’s honorees and the work that they’re doing.