WHF Foundation

In honor of 20 years of the WHF Foundation, please consider contributing directly or through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #19283. Click here to make an online donation or call 703-683-4742 for more information.

Thanks to the contributions from WHF members like you, this year the WHF Foundation awarded $30,000 in partnership grants to six exceptionally inspiring local non-profit organizations and awarded a $3,000 scholarship for a deserving female student. 

WHF Brings Spring to Open Arms Housing
On Sunday, April 23, the WHF Foundation continued its “Year of Service” activities celebrating 20 years of partnership with regional nonprofits supporting women and families, by planting flowers at grantee partner Open Arms Housing in DC. WHF Foundation board member Jane DeMarines organized the event, assisted by her husband, Ron.
Open Arms board member Denise Stablein and several residents joined WHF volunteers and community neighbors in planting colorful spring flowers to help beautify sites at Dunbar House and Owen Place in Northwest Washington. 
The mission of Open Arms Housing, a 501c3 organization established in 1997, is to provide permanent homes with a welcoming and supportive environment to women who are homeless with a variety of mental health issues.  
WHF members Kate Maxwell, Leslie Woolley, Jane DeMarines and Evan Davies have attended both Service Days so far this year. Said Maxwell, “It was great to learn more about the organizations while being hands-on. I prefer action instead of meetings. Spring, flowers, Earth Day – what more could you want?”
Neighborhood residents Porscha Stiger and Lisa Marie Thalhammer eagerly joined the project. Thalhammer, an acclaimed local artist, who lives across from Dunbar House at O Street Studios, will create a mural for Open Arms at Dunbar House later this year. “I love all kinds of flowers, especially orange and yellow,” said one of the residents, who was particularly delighted with the array of marigolds.
Executive Director Marilyn Kresky-Wolf expressed her thanks: "When I arrived at the Dunbar on Monday morning, I was excited to see the beautiful flowers planted in the front lawn by the volunteers and residents. On Saturday, there was a neighborhood beautification day that was rained out, but our yard stands out because of the work done on Sunday!  Over at Owen House, Janet Starke and other residents are equally delighted.  Our staff members Bridget McLaughlin and Linda Miller deserve thanks for their assistance." 



For two decades, the Women in Housing & Finance (WHF) Foundation has been working with non-profit partners in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  The Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary with special events with its non-profit partners and needs your help! 
On June 28, 2017, WHF members will host a Financial Empowerment Retreat for the residents of Calvary Women's Services. We are looking for 2-3 volunteers to assist with the retreat. 

The WHF Foundation will provide a one-half day financial empowerment retreat consisting of two breakout sessions for Calvary residents who will rotate from one session to the next.  Breakout session #1 will deal with credit issues, including how to use credit to your advantage, repairing credit, pulling a credit report, etc.  Breakout session #2 will deal with banking and money management, including discussion of the role money plays in life, day-to-day money management, the cost of financing, etc.

The program will be held at Calvary, 1217 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington, DC from 9am to 1pm.  If you are interested in volunteering to facilitate during the retreat, please contact Arielle Retrosi at arielle@whfdc.org or 703-683-4742.  For additional information, contact Foundation President Mary Martha Fortney at mmfortney@verizon.net or 703-507-4088. 

WHF Foundation kicks off its Year of Service celebrating 20 years of supporting community-based organizations

On February 21, 2017, The Women in Housing & Finance Foundation kicked off its Year of Service celebrating 20 years of supporting community-based organizations with an evening of “Welcome and Wine”. Over a dozen WHF member volunteers gathered at host K & L Gates to assemble welcome home kits of cleaning supplies and budgeting packages for families served by Foundation grantee partner Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services (GSH). 

WHF Foundation President Mary Martha Fortney welcomed the WHF members who participated and thanked them for taking part. "Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services has provided valuable services to struggling families and individuals for over 40 years. We were pleased to assemble welcome home kits and budget packages for families who are moving into stable homes," Fortney noted. Click here to read the full story.


WHF Volnteers Host Calvary Women Birthday Celebration

In January and March, WHF volunteers hosted the Calvary women residents celebrate their birthdays.  During the festivities, those having birthdays in January and March, were treated to decorations, refreshments and birthday gifts.  Lively music and special games of "Heads Up" were enjoyed by all in attendance.  Calvary Women's Services, a WHF Foundation non-profit partner, offers housing, health, employment and education programs that empower homeless women in Washington, DC to change their lives.  WHF members Sydney Garmong, Kris Kully, Lindsay Donnelly, Jena Roscoe and Mary Martha Fortney volunteered for the birthday parties.  "It was so fun to be involved in the party and it was especially rewarding to see the women enjoying themselves so much," said Kris Kully, who brought her 15-year-old son Will to the event.  "I look forward to doing this again in October, when the WHF Foundation will again host a Calvary Birthday Party.  For information, please contact Calvary liaison Mary Martha Fortney at 703-507-4088, mmfortney@verizon.net.

Changepurse Volunteers Needed

The demand is growing for "Changepurse," the WHF Foundation's unique course in financial security and empowerment, and we need more volunteers! Our WHF Foundation partners are requesting our help in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Changepurse is an eight-week course of one-hour sessions facilitated by WHF volunteers. Can you spare an hour to help those in need? There is no better time to advance our mission and values than this, the WHF Foundation's 20th Anniversary "Year of Service." To learn more, please email Mary Martha Fortney, WHF Foundation president, at mmfortney@verizon.net. Thank you for your support! 

The WHF Foundation is looking for volunteers!

WHF continues to explore opportunities to partner with, and refer members to, community service programs in the Washington metropolitan area. Learn more about all WHF Foundation volunteering opportunities.

Click here to view the WHF Foundation flyer.


Panya Monford, volunteer instructor; Mary Martha Fortney, president of WHF Foundation; Lisa Andrews, former WHF Foundation president and volunteer instructor, Judy, Money Smart graduate, Elaine Johnson, director, Calvary Women’s Services, and Trina, Money Smart graduate (left to right)

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