Group presents the large Education Fund check to The Children's Inn at NIH Group presents the large Education Fund check to The Children's Inn at NIH

Women for The Inn

Established in October 2018, the Women for The Inn (WINN) Community is a dynamic group of more than 100 members dedicated to supporting The Children’s Inn, especially during the pandemic when there is such a great need for additional resources to keep Inn families safe and healthy. Joining this group provides members with the opportunity to connect with healthcare luminaries, volunteer their time, donate (and direct) funds towards Inn projects, and network with like-hearted women.

Under the leadership of co-chairs Lois Alperstein and Julie McPherson, WINN brings together women who embrace The Inn’s mission and want to maximize their ingenuity, personal philanthropy, and professional networks to provide meaningful support to Inn families.
The impressive FY22 WINN Quarterly Meeting keynote speakers included the following NIH leaders:

  • Abigail Fry, Behavioral Health Coordinator, National Cancer Institute
  • Melinda Kelley, Ph.D., Associate Director, National Institute on Aging
  • Tiffany Powell-Wiley, MD, MPH, NIH Stadtman Investigator
  • Mike Zoosman, Chaplain and Cantor, NIH Clinical Center

In addition to informative and interactive WINN Quarterly Meetings, the community hosted a wide variety of programs to educate and entertain Inn families. FY22 WINN virtual events included an Open House, Piano Party and a cooking demonstration.

Women for the Inn

Additionally, members asked for ways to engage their children and grandchildren in supporting The Inn’s mission. Special virtual engagement opportunities were created, such as making Thoughtful Treasures for Inn children’s mailboxes and reading to children residing at The Inn and at home during our WINN-sponsored Pets & Pajamas program.

Each fall, in consultation with Inn leadership, WINN members decide how the combined membership donations will be allocated for the coming year. In FY22, members voted to fund The Inn’s playground refresh, including additional seating areas, play equipment and shade structures.

To learn more about the WINN Community, including ways to join, please visit WINN.

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