2017 Beneficiary- Pregnancy Recovery Center
This year proceeds will benefit the initiation of a Pregnancy Recovery Center (PRC) in Erie. One-fourth of the babies admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Erie suffer from maternal use of opioids or other illegal substances. The 2017 Women Driving Philanthropy Tournament will support the development of a PRC in Erie to reverse the growing impact of opioid abuse in pregnant women and babies in Erie. The PRC provides medication assisted treatment, addiction counseling, social service coordination, behavioral health resources and prenatal care to women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. This comprehensive and integrated approach has been shown to improve care and outcomes for the mother and her baby. The ongoing continuum of medication assisted treatment and counseling through the post-partum period and beyond will support the mother in maintaining an addiction free life for both her and her children.
In 2016, proceeds went to benefit BABY & ME – Tobacco Free, an evidence-based smoking cessation program proven to help pregnant women quit smoking and maintain smoking cessation throughout the postpartum period and beyond. Through counseling, assistance for pregnant women to quit smoking, and a diaper voucher incentive program to encourage women to stay tobacco free postpartum, our community can improve outcomes for pregnancy and through the first year of life. Learn More
In 2015, proceeds went to benefit Nurturing Hearts, a local leadership development organization for at-risk girls in Erie County. Nurturing Hearts is a 501©3 founded by Shawnta Pullium. While Shawnta works full time at GE, she still manages to coordinate this grass roots program that provides supportive leadership and life skills to help prepare girls 10-18 years old for a bright and positive future. Learn More