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    Introducing Janna Said | Our Pioneer of The Year

     

    It Is With Great Pride We Share Janna's Story With You...

     
    Janna Said’s passion for nontoxic living is part of her DNA. As she tells it, “My father was recycling back in the 1970s before people even really knew what recycling was.” Janna’s dad would collect and save newspapers and aluminum cans and turn them in at a sorting station in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he would only receive pennies per pound. But he didn’t do it for the money – it was just really important to him that these items didn’t go to the landfill. “As a kid, I did think he was crazy. We’d stop at rest stops along the highway and collect cans that had been left there. It’s not something any kid wants to do but that instilled in me from a young age to care for the environment.”
     
    Fast forward many years to when Janna started thinking about becoming pregnant.
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    6 Actionable Ideas To Create Change in Your Community


    The Medfield Chapter of Savvy Women’s Alliance, formerly known as Medfield Green, began making changes in their community simply enough. Four women came together with different interests but with the same goal: to change the community around them. From legislation on safer alternatives to banning harmful chemicals, from renewable and recycling efforts to food awareness, these women set out to educate their friends, family, neighbors and beyond on how to create a cleaner, greener Earth and a safer environment in which to live. 

    “All of our efforts – including programs on organic landscaping, cooking classes, movie nights, book clubs and trips to local stores with various youth groups to advocate for safer food or products – have led to our evolution from Medfield Green to the Medfield Chapter of the Savvy Women’s Alliance, a national non-profit dedicated to all of the issues we care about!"

    How did they do it? Helen Dewey, current co-ambassador of the Medfield Chapter (along with Erica Reilly),  shared some of the ways she and her like-minded friends made their mark, and changed many lives along the way. In doing so they have become the Savvy Women's Alliance 2018 Chapter of the Year.

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    An Intimate Peek at a Superstar Chapter

    Support is a powerful thing and “strength in numbers” is far more than a simple cliché.

    These are two things Savvy women know to be true and the precise reason why chapters are so important to the existence and vitality of Savvy Women’s Alliance. Chapters include five or more women who meet at least eight times a year to discuss their personal journeys in nontoxic living and provide support for one another. Every chapter is unique and comes with its own challenges and triumphs. This month, I interviewed Beth Newberry and Trina Lavoie – two superstar women and co-founders of the Providence Chapter of the Savvy Women's Alliance – to ask them about their evolution and success as a chapter.

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    Curious About Starting a Chapter? Our Top 3 Q's Answered

    Would it surprise you to learn this about our Savvy Women's Alliance community?  Or maybe not so surprised to learn how our supporters feel?  

    • 23% feel isolated
    • 32% want to make a difference outside their home, but are not sure how
    • 33% are overwhelmed by the topic of 'nontoxic living' 
    • 47% identify with being light-green
    • 61% want to be around more like-minded women

    The need for many new chapters existsHave you maybe kind-of, possibly thought about starting a chapter?  If so, take a look at the top three questions we are asked:  

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