Amy Schiek of Skaneateles, is featured in the March issue of Ladies’ Home Journal as “Awesome Woman of the Month” for March. The magazine recognizes her four-year volunteering and advocacy record for Dining for Women, an 8,000-member giving circle that empowers, educates, and supports women and girls in extreme poverty around the world.
Since 2007, Schiek’s Dining for Women chapter has raised more than $24,000 to support DFW’s mission.
“It’s so easy to get caught up in our own lives. For one night each month, through Dining for Women, we take the opportunity to learn about the lives that other women and girls are living,” Schiek said. “I have met so many wonderful, caring women at our dinners and have made lasting friendships. And while we each give a donation, we also gain so much by informing ourselves and helping women in other parts of the world. I am so proud to be a part of Dining for Women.”
Dining for Women is a giving circle composed of 250 chapters across the United States and in a host of other countries. Chapters potluck together and donate what they would have spent dining out to programs that foster good health, education, vocational training, micro-credit loans and economic development for women and girls in extreme poverty.
“Amy is very high energy, passionate, positive, and makes things happen. Her inspiration has also helped grow DFW chapters in northeastern New York,” says DFW Founder Marsha Wallace. “Beyond her monthly chapter meetings — that have attracted up to 100 people — Amy also has planned special events that support the DFW cause and women and girls.”
Last year, Schiek, who is also the owner of Lucky Dogs Canine Services in Skaneateles, planned a special screening and fundraiser of a movie drawing attention to the urgent issue of women’s untreated fistulas in the developing world.
For more information about Dining for Women, please visit diningforwomen.org.