2019 Lady Randy Beneficiaries

In keeping with WAM’s double philanthropic mission, a portion of proceeds from this production which amounted to $8,000 was donated to Tapestry Health Systems, and a targeted gift of $1,200 was made to The MoonCatcher Project. These are our sixteenth and seventeenth beneficiaries.

About Tapestry Health Systems

Founded in 1973 by women committed to the belief that high quality, confidential, and affordable reproductive health care was a necessity, Tapestry is rooted in the principles of compassionate, confidential, non-judgmental care for all. Since its inception, the agency has been the sole provider of low cost, federally-funded (Title X) reproductive health care and family planning services in Berkshire County. Each year reproductive health education, counseling, and clinical care is provided to approximately 1,100 people in Berkshire County. In 2018, a majority of these people were female (82%), aged 25 or less (73%), and were economically disadvantaged (70%). As the only provider of confidential, family planning services in Berkshire County, the agency prioritizes clinical services for young people, uninsured and underinsured individuals, regardless of income, race, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Today, Tapestry provides services which include sexual and reproductive health care, syringe access and disposal, overdose prevention and education, overdose reversal medication access and training, PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis for individuals at high risk for HIV and providing new mothers and their children with nutritional education and support, including 24-hour-a-day breastfeeding help throughout all of Western Massachusetts.

Tapestry Health Systems website: https://www.tapestryhealth.org/https://www.tapestryhealth.org/

About The MoonCatcher Project

The MoonCatcher Project provides kits containing free reusable, washable menstrual pads, as well as classes on menstruation management and reproductive health, to school girls in the poorest communities worldwide. These kits provide a way for girls to stay in school while menstruating, giving them a greater chance of completing their education.

The MoonCatcher Project website: http://www.mooncatcher.org/

“What WAM is doing is remarkable. We are so honored to be a part of this experience. As we grow as an agency, we need to do better for marginalized communities. One of the ways we can do this is do train our dedicated staff in social determinants of health and increase our capacity by learning how to better serve our LGBTQ community, our poor, our undocumented, and others marginalized in today’s society.” Katrina Mattson Health Services Manager , Tapestry Health Systems