Inspiring Our Community to Help Women Locally and Globally – One Nurse's Mission

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Laci Crow, RN, establishes the Reno Chapter of Dining for Women to assist women and girls in rising above poverty.

Women helping impoverished women and girls around the world — that is the mission of Dining for Women. And thanks to Registered Nurse Laci Crow, Reno now supports its own chapter of this influential charity.

Laci Crow, RN, right, is shown with Vanessa Monroe of the local non-profit group Safe Embrace — a women’s and children’s domestic violence shelter and support group. Safe Embrace is one organization that Laci’s chapter of the national Dining for Women charity helps support.
Laci Crow, RN, right, is shown with Vanessa Monroe of the local non-profit group Safe Embrace — a women’s and children’s domestic violence shelter and support group. Safe Embrace is one organization that Laci’s chapter of the national Dining for Women charity helps support.

What Is Dining for Women?

Dining for Women (DFW) is a giving circle with chapters throughout the United States that meet monthly for a potluck meal. Monies that would have been spent dining out are collected at these gatherings and donated to various charities and programs that support women and girls as they work to overcome extreme poverty.

Laci’s past work with women and mothers at Renown Regional Medical Center inspired her to establish the Reno chapter of DFW. “I worked in labor and delivery, and I saw first-hand that if you promote education for women, really good things can happen with the family and with children,” Laci says. “It can be great for the community to break the cycle of poverty, and education goes a long way toward doing that.”

The Reno chapter has been up and running since early 2014. In that relatively short amount of time, word has spread about the great work Laci and her group are doing. Membership has grown and continues to increase.

How Does the Model Work in Reno?

The Reno chapter of DFW opens its doors to women and men of all ages. “It’s really for anyone that wants to work with others to change the world,” says Laci, who works in the recovery room in Surgical Services at Renown Regional Medical Center. “We help educate girls and women in extreme poverty from primary school up to high school.”

The chapter meets the third Friday of every month at a member’s home, and each person brings a potluck dish to share. Throughout the meal, they talk about the status of the charities and programs they are supporting and discuss the progress of past programs and projects they’ve undertaken.

Laci and her group have seen first-hand the results of their investments. They’ve raised funds for girls in a Nepal orphanage so they could attend school and receive an education, for example. And the group deviates slightly from the national DFW model — they offer support and financial assistance to local organizations such as Safe Embrace, which provides emergency shelter and educational programs to women and children in crisis due to domestic violence.

Are you feeling inspired? Then get involved. New members are always welcome. You can contact Laci at 858-230-4021 or lacileebell@gmail.com.

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