For International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, STIIIZY met with and supported 6 different women-led or women-focused community organizations from LA to the Bay. STIIIZY and our team of Joint Efforts volunteers worked collaboratively with great women leaders who are out here making positive change within low-income and unsheltered communities.

On March 8th — which is also known as International Women’s Day —  we encouraged all of our followers to donate to our friends at the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC). We matched every donation that commented, “STIIIZY sent me!” We were able to raise over $2,500 that  went directly towards the DWC’s “Every Woman Campaign.” We previously worked with DWC as part of our Blessed campaign.

We also linked back up with Beauty 2 The Streetz this year and sent over a crew of Joint Efforts volunteers to provide hygiene items to those who rely on resources such as this. Shirley Raines, founder of Beauty 2 The Streetz, has dedicated her life to bringing awareness to the epidemic of homelessness and the unhoused community. We teamed up with them last year to support her heroic efforts. Since then she won CNN’s 2021 Hero of The Year Award

In San Francisco we had the fantastic opportunity to connect with SF Black Wall Street, a collective of community servants, professionals, and cultural influencers committed to preserving African American culture and building economic power within the Black community in San Francisco. We sat down with their Co-Founders to connect more about their mission, contribute to the Black Millionaire Development Program, and build a partnership together to help Black businesses thrive in the city.

Also while in San Francisco, we met with Misha Olivas, the Director of Community & Family Engagement with United Playaz. In her role, she guides young people to become agents of change for themselves, their families, and their communities.  We visited their rec center in the South of Market neighborhood in SF to drop off some new gym equipment for the kids to enjoy after school, as well as a donation for their youth development program. 

We also took time to meet up with Carla Laurel of the West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center. She pilots the efforts of the oldest Filipino-led nonprofit in Northern California, which addresses the most pressing socio-economic challenges of the Asian Pacific Islander immigrant community in SoMa. West Bay provides culturally sensitive, academic, social, health, and economic sustainability services to newly arrived immigrant youth, their families, and seniors.

Finally, we had a unique opportunity to sit down with Dr. Shakti Butler PhD, President of World Trust, and also a dynamic filmmaker and educator in the field of racial equity. We facilitated a discussion about how we can better support and empower women in our communities as well as explored spiritual and cultural philosophy around cannabis. 

Cannabis promotes community and helps us connect with others to learn about all that we have so much in common. We’re very proud to support these women-led organizations and highlight the agents of change making our communities stronger. Check out the video below to hear how we can support women in our community from each of these incredible women.