Girls At Work

Girls At Work is an incredible nonprofit organization that empowers girls at risk by teaching them to use power tools. Check it out!
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Elaine hamel
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New Boston, New Hampshire
United States
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Hi! My name is Elaine Hamel. I'm the executive director of a nonprofit organization called Girls At Work. We empower girls through building by teaching them to use power tools to discover their inner power tools of strength and courage!


We began in 2000 and initially, all of the workshops were held at the Girls At Work barn/workshop in New Boston, NH. Eight years ago, we decided to go 'on the road' with our program and we now travel to summer camps as well as other agencies all over New England and set up a shop 'on site'. This has enabled us to reach almost 6,000 girls in the last 12 years!


We target nonprofit agencies that work with at-risk girls. So many of the girls we work with face neglect, abandonment and abuse in their lives and are constantly reminded of their failures. Our mission is to help them overcome their self-doubt and expose them to what they can do; to help unlock their potential. Failing grades lower self esteem while overcoming fear and using power tools to build something can boost self esteem!

bracelets


Our goal is to raise $25,000 in the next 30 days. This will enable us to provide 40 more days of programming to nonprofit agencies all over New England!!! Each day, we will work with at least 25 girls, and with YOUR help, we will be able to reduce the fee from $50 to $25 per girl!


So when you contribute, you are giving the gift of a powerful experience to a young girl that will begin to see herself as capable and strong. At these camps, the girls build bookcases, window boxes, benches, birdhouses, planters, picnic tables, raised beds, tennis walls, and entire sheds. The sky is the limit!
picnic table (you build it! at $1500 or $2000)


As for our campaign, we have some very cool perks to offer as a thank-you for your contributions, such as bracelets, tshirts, benches made of 100 year old barn board, workshops for you and your friends/colleagues, and even free tickets to our annual Girls At Work MusicFest that will be held in November. So pick your perk and you will be part of making this amazing program happen! (note* we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit so your donation is tax deductable!)


At this time of year, many girls are counting down the days until summer camp, looking forward to the outdoors, laughs, campfires, and new friends. But far too many girls are counting down the days for very different reasons. Many of the girls we work with are looking forward to summer camp because it is the one time during the year that they will get a break from the chaos and uncertainty that exists in their difficult lives. They will eat three meals a day and find safety and reassurance with staff that support and believe in them. Many of the girls we work with dream of a year round camp.... These are the girls we are asking you to support!

potter's bench ($1000 pledge level)

HELP US TO HELP THEM BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES...

as they master the use of power tools to uncover the strength and determination that lie beneath the surface. Help us provide these very deserving girls with an experience that will leave them feeling strong and confident!!!

 

 

 

 

 bench  ($700 pledge level)

 

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$9,782USD
raised by 93 people in 1 month
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This campaign ended on June 9, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    The Bracelet

    Very cool "I Built With Girls At Work" bracelet!!

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $35USD
    The Tshirt!!

    Strut your stuff in this awesome black tee-- "got tools?" on the front and "GIRLS AT WORK" on the back!!

    19 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $50USD
    Tshirt and 2 Bracelets

    One for you, one for a friend!!

    11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $75USD
    November MusicFest Ticket!!

    We will be holding our annual MusicFest this November at the Millyard Museum in Manchester, NH... Pledge at this level and you'll get a free ticket + 1 bracelet! Our headliner this year is Chelsea Berry.. www.chelseaberry.com. You don't want to miss it!

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $100USD
    Custom made wooden spoon set

    2 handmade wooden serving spoons (made by Elaine Hamel, with her love!!) + 2 bracelets.

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $150USD
    November Musicfest tickets!!

    We will be holding our annual MusicFest this November at the Millyard Museum in Manchester, NH... Pledge at this level and you'll get a 2 tickets + 2 bracelets! Our headliner this year is Chelsea Berry.. www.chelseaberry.com. You don't want to miss it!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $250USD
    Workshop!!!

    Bring yourself and a friend, partner, spouse or whomever you choose to our workshop in New Boston, NH and we will give you a private 2 hour workshop! Build something that you can take home with you. + 2 bracelets

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $500USD
    Workshop #2!!

    Bring yourself and a friend, partner, spouse or whomever you choose to our workshop in New Boston, NH and we will give you a private 4 hour workshop! Build something that you can take home with you. + 2 tshirts + 2 bracelets

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $700USD
    Handmade bench

    We will build you a custom bench (pictured at left!) using 100 year old antique barn board (up to 6 feet in length). A beautiful, unique piece that is all your own! If you live within 2 hours of New Boston, NH we will deliver it to you. Otherwise, you are responsible for the shipping. Or come pick it up!

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Potters/gardeners bench

    We will build you a potters/gardeners bench (pictured at left!) using 100 year old antique barn board (up to 6 feet in length). A very cool gift for a gardener or for you to keep as your own. If you live within 2 hours of New Boston, NH we will deliver it to you. Otherwise, you are responsible for the shipping. Or come pick it up!

    1 out of 6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $1,500USD
    Workshop for 6!

    Bring up to 6 colleagues/friends to our shop in New Boston, NH for a 4 hour workshop to build a picnic table. This is a great team building exercise for your business- or just a lot of fun for you and your friends! ..and make sure one of you brings a truck so that we can load in the table at the end of the day for you to take with you! Or, if you're within 2 hours of New Boston, NH, we can deliver it for you. + 6 tshirts + 6 bracelets

    0 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $2,000USD
    We bring the shop to you!

    This will be a ton of fun. Gather up to ten colleagues/friends and we'll travel to you with all of our tools and gear and set up a shop onsite... and you'll build two picnic tables that you get to keep!! (*Location for on the road workshop should be within two hours of New Boston NH.) + 10 tshirts + 10 bracelets

    1 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
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