"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service 
of others."

— Mahatma Gandhi 

Our November program focuses on making an impact on the 
community – one of EWI’s core tenets. Our recent first-place 
scholarship winner, April Thacker, will share her story working to 
help survivors of human trafficking through the organization 
Freedom a la Cart. Freedom offers women rescue, rehabilitation 
and restoration through cause cuisine.

In this presentation, you will learn more about the effect of human 
trafficking and the often over-looked statistics on our population. 
You’ll also hear about a unique partnership with the Catch Court 
(a specialty docket within the Municipal Courts), information on 
trauma-informed care and news about Freedom’s support services 

Meet Your Speaker: April Thacker is a survivor of human trafficking 
and has been an employee of Freedom a la Cart for nearly 6 years. 
“Through the role as case manager, I’m now able to help our ladies 
make their employment and education goals a reality as well. This 
work gives my life purpose, and enables me to give survivors what 
Freedom gave to me: support, hope, confidence, and success.”

Freedom a la Cart is a non-profit organization that empowers adult 

survivors of human trafficking to build a new life of freedom and 
self-sufficiency. Freedom operates a full catering business offering 
workforce development and employment opportunities to job-ready 

The Boat House
679 W. Spring St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Chapter Members - $38

Sustaining Members - $25
Guests - $48*

*Limited to 2 meetings before membership is required.

Tuesday, Nov 12
(RSVP by Nov 5)
5:30 PM

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Clean Out Your Closet! 

During our November meeting, we are holding a coat drive benefiting the survivors of human trafficking in Freedom a la Cart. Bring in women's coats, hoodies, gloves – your cold weather gear – to be donated. Sizes med-2x are accepted. This is a huge need as the weather turns soon so clean out your closet!

Please bring your clean coats and other cold-weather gear clothing to the November EWI Chapter meetings or contact Karen Gilbert at or 614-989-9327 to arrange for pick-up of very large amounts or if you can’t attend the meetings. Be sure to reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors too!

Our fall fundraiser has kicked off to help us keep making an impact in the community! What does this mean for you?
Two things:

1) Do you have any restaurant gift cards on hand you are willing to donate as part of our raffle prize package? If so, contact Diane Smith.

2) A great fundraiser is an easy sell. This is a great and easy fundraiser especially at this time of year because you can remind folks that if they win they can parcel those gift cards out to family and friends as holiday gifts! Your packet should be arriving any day now in the mail with your tickets and flyers.
  • Tickets on sale until Nov 12 from any EWI of Columbus representative or online
  • Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20
  • Checks payable to EWI of Columbus
  • Proceeds help to support scholarships for our Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) program and other philanthropic endeavors
  • Winning ticket drawn Nov 12. Winner need not be present.
Call for Promotional Products! 

Now’s the time to feature your company in EWI’s New Welcome Kit.

Simply supply 10 promotional items and we’ll include them in our New Welcome Kit!

Whatever can fit in this awesome, EWI branded backpack (donated by Laine Avenue) – our featured welcome kit for new members. A water bottle; mousepad, notebook, jump drive, gift card – it’s up to you.

Bring it to the next meeting and we’ll take care of the rest.

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Mark Your Calendars:

Now - Nov 12
Coat drive benefiting survivors of human trafficking.
Please bring clean coats to Nov 12 meeting.

Now - Nov 12
Fall Fundraising Raffle: "No Dirty Dishes"
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Thursday, Oct 24 @ 12 PM
Lunch Bunch at Roosters
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Tuesday, Nov 12 @ 5:30 PM
Monthly Meeting: "Community Impact: Spotlight on Freedom a la Cart"
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Tuesday, Dec 10 @ 5:30 PM
Monthly Meeting: Holiday Networking Event
Info Coming Soon