Women of Colors (WOC) is an independent nonprofit organization that has been an active community partner since inception in 1993. The organization was developed with a diverse group of women sharing our ideas to improve the Saginaw community. WOC recognize the strength of diversity by not focusing on our differences, but acknowledging our similarities. Members and volunteers provide empowerment and quality educational sessions at monthly meetings and special events.to help others. WOC mission promotes multi-cultural diversity and enhance community relations in the Great Lakes Bay Region by empowering families, performing community service, mentoring youth and collaborating with other organizations. In 1993 WOC hosted the first annual “Mothers Against Crime March/Rally,” and marched in crime infested neighborhoods to say “No” against crime. We also sponsored aerobic classes for disadvantaged women. Since our inception, we have helped donate over two thousands book bags and school supplies to disadvantaged students.
G.E.M.S. - Great Empowering Motivational Sessions
In 2002, WOC developed the Great Empowering Motivational Sessions (GEMS) youth mentoring programs that consist of Girl Pride (Est. 1998), Sugar & Spice (Est. 2002), Young Men Who Dare (Est. 2007), and GEMS Parent Committee (Est. 2009), Students and Future Technology (SaFT- Est. 2015). The GEMS Parent Committee was established to strengthen families and plan educational parent workshops and conferences. GEMS encourages community service and teaches social and life skills for all participants to develop young men and women of excellence.
In 2006, held the first WOC Annual Woman of the Year Award Banquet established for deserving women who had made outstanding contributions to the community. In 2014, the banquet advanced to host the annual WOC Community Leadership Awards Banquet to recognize outstanding businesses and individuals in the Great Lakes Bay Region who have made extraordinary contributions to enrich the lives of others in six (6) categories that include Achievement Award, Distinguish Gentlemen Award, Volunteer Award, Woman of the Year Award, Woman of the Future Award, Community Service (Business/Organization). The honorees are recognized for their community involvement, commitment by exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism.
In 2011, WOC partnered with the Saginaw Community Foundation to establish the Annual Women of Colors Scholarship Fund to give opportunities to well-deserving students in the Great Lakes Bay Region. The scholarship gives honor to students who have demonstrated a commitment to higher education.
SaFT - Students & Future Technology
In 2015, the Student and Future Technology (SaFT) program was established by Science Adviser Richard Springfield to help stretch students understanding and ability to current knowledge of science and new concepts. With the partnership developed with the First Ward Community Center and DOW Promise support, we were able to purchase the first zSpace 3D Virtual Reality STEM lab in the State of Michigan that has ignited the interest of the Saginaw Public School District and other school districts. In 2014, we also secured classroom and office space at SVRC/Learn to Earn Academy to better serve students.
How I Overcame/I'm Still a Man
In 2017, WOC hosted the first “How I OverCame” and “I’m Still A Man” events for women and men to tell their personal stories of how they became life challenges to become successful and productive adults in today’s society.
WOC collaborate with area schools, churches, businesses, agencies, and other organizations to make a difference. WOC advocate leadership, respect, and trust as vital characteristics to succeed, and do not discriminate against sex, age, race, and religion. Women of Colors spends countless hours to enrich the culture of volunteerism and service that makes the Saginaw community a great place for individuals and families to work, have fun, and live.