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SCV welcomes new nonprofit

Women Making a Difference is new local outreach group

Posted: September 15, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2013 2:00 a.m.

A new nonprofit is in town.

One of several small outreach groups organized by the Los Angeles section of the National Council for Jewish Women, Women Making a Difference is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization new to the Santa Clarita Valley.

“Our goal is two-fold: mitzvot and merlot,” said Sue Trock, the nonprofit’s local coordinator. “Mitzvot is a Jewish word meaning good deed, and merlot means people having a good time.”

After being involved with other nonprofits, Trock knew what she wanted with this group. The nonprofit focuses on making friends, helping others and allowing volunteers to give time only as they can, she said.

“Simple,” Trock said.

Though they work under the NCJW, there are no bylines, presidents or dues.

“We seek out (the NCJW’s) advice and guidance, but we are pretty much free to do what we want because every community’s needs are different,” Trock said. “They give us guidelines but a lot of flexibility.”

Currently made up of the original five women, the group decided to found the organization in early spring 2013 because their project ambitions were growing — they needed more help.

“We welcome everyone, but we are primarily Jewish women who are finding common heritage and learning how our heritage leads us to help others,” Trock said.

As for the group’s project and event agenda, potential volunteer opportunities will be explored during an upcoming informational meeting, so new members have a chance to contribute feedback, she said.

“We’re looking for new ways to help in the community that aren’t already being done,” Trock said. “There are already so many wonderful nonprofits in the Santa Clarita Valley. We are trying to find that little niche that hasn’t been tapped into. And we’ll grow as the community allows us.”

Thus far, the nonprofit’s projects include work with the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita. The group provided garments to women who were forced to quickly leave their homes with only the clothing on their backs.

It has also served Passover treats to a local adult care center where such holidays are often overlooked.

For more information, visit, contact or follow ncjw Santa Clarita on Facebook.


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