Let’s offer a rousing and appreciative “Woot! Woot!” to Generation W for showing how area women are getting great things done in Jacksonville!

 

Generation W is the nonprofit founded six years ago by longtime renowned executive Donna Orender to promote and celebrate how women are a local force of nature in embracing positions of leadership. It inspires others and empowers the community with their diverse expertise and fierce determination to get things accomplished.


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Wow, were those attributes on display during Generation W’s launch of Generation Works, a day of community activism that saw more than 500 people — from professional women to high school girls — take part in projects that included:

• Building garden beds at Angelwood, which provides services to adults and children with special needs.

• Painting and sprucing up areas at JASMYN.

• Redecorating and painting work at five Duval County public schools.

• Helping build a house for HabiJax.

• Doing cleanup work at the Hubbard House, the Children’s Home Society, Unity Plaza, Hemming Park and the Rethreaded warehouse.

• Sorting food that had been donated to Feeding Northeast Florida.

• Sorting clothes for distribution at Dignity U Wear.

And that’s just some of the work that was done!

WOMEN WITH WEAPONS OF mass CONSTRUCTION

What an amazing list of achievements to attain during just one day of volunteerism.

And what a testament to the tenacious community spirit and rich talents of women in our region.

“We affectionately call it ‘Women Wielding Weapons of Mass Construction,’” Orender wrote in an email regarding Generation Works.

The day of service, Orender added, left everyone “so gratified (and) proud.”

And Orender said that Generation W and its partners — including Deutsche Bank, the Duval school system and numerous community agencies — are already “looking forward … on how to continue the impact” that Generation Works clearly had not only across Jacksonville but on those who participated in the wildly successful day of service.

So let’s once again hail Generation W for launching Generation Works.

And let’s applaud the group for affirming once again how women in our region represent, as Orender put it, “a vital resource for healthy communities (and) play important roles” in making cities like Jacksonville thrive and become great.

You go, Generation W!