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Membership Spotlight

Nancy Word

Nancy Word’s 11 years of work with Impact Austin has led her to projects all over the world. Because of the women she has connected with, she’s become involved in international philanthropic projects.

“The thing about Impact Austin,” Nancy says, “is that although we make huge impact with our grant money, there’s also the unexpected impact on the members’ lives. Impact Austin was really a training ground for a lot of amazing projects.”

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Catching Nancy Word in Austin can be difficult these days. Her years of work with Impact Austin has led her to projects all over the world.

"I was one of the first four board members," she tells me on the phone. "I hosted the first membership coffee at my house where we talked to 20 women about joining Impact Austin."

In addition to being a board member, she's served on or chaired every one of the FACs over the years. She enjoyed sharing the job of community liaison with the Paramount Theater's Literacy for Life program, and hosting an Impact Austin book club.

"The thing about Impact Austin," she says, "is that although we make huge impact with our grant money, there's also the unexpected impact on the members' lives. I have met and made friends with some of the most amazing women through this organization."

"Working with wonderful women who share my sense of community and just wanting to make a difference in the world has had a profound impact on my life."

She goes on to tell me about some of the amazing women she has connected with because of her experience at Impact Austin. She's involved with the Nobel Women's Initiative (NWI), a non-govermental organization formed out of Canada by women who have won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Women's Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize to increase the power and visibility of women's groups working globally for peace, justice and equality. Through NWI, she has traveled to India, met with the Tibetan government in exile - including the Dalai Lama, and most recently traveled to Liberia to focus on issues related to sexual violence against women.

When she's at home in Austin, she also offers her support to Emancipet, Blue Avocado, OpenArms, and the Pachamama Alliance along with many other non-profits in the Austin area. She and her daughter partner on many joint projects, including helping refugee women in Austin get settled. She also serves on the board of trustees for Centenary College in Shreveport.

"Impact Austin was really a training ground for a lot of amazing projects," says Nancy. "The connections I've made there, and lessons that I've learned, have been invaluable in shaping the direction of my life."

Community Partner Spotlight

Manos de Cristo

www.manosdecristo.org
In 2013, we granted $101,000 to Manos de Cristo, currently the only low-fee, comprehensive, nonprofit dental provider in Austin providing high-quality care to low-income adults & children in need. Manos de Cristo used the Impact Austin funds to purchase three new & complete dental chair systems for their “Grow the Clinic” project, which relocated their aging East Austin clinic to a larger and newly renovated North Central location, allowing them to grow from serving 4,200 to 11,000 patients per year.

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Manos de Cristo

Manos de Cristo empowers low-income individuals with a loving hand of assistance and welcomes all regardless of age, gender, race, or religious preference. Manos promotes dignity and self-reliance by providing essential oral care, furthering educational development, and meeting basic needs with food and clothing.

In operation for 25 years, the Manos de Cristo clinic is currently the only low-fee, comprehensive, non-profit dental service provider in Austin providing high-quality care to low-income adults and children in need. In 2013, we granted $101,000 to Manos de Cristo for the purchase of three new and complete dental chair systems for their “Grow the Clinic” project. This project relocated their aging East Austin clinic to a larger and newly renovated North Central location, allowing them to grow from serving 4,200 to serving 11,000 patients per year.

Manos de Cristo’s grant period ended in December. Please see our recent Grant Outcomes Report for more information about this important program.