It takes a local: Recovers honored at Women in the World Summit

Recovers co-founders Caitria and Morgan O’Neill took a quick trip to New York City this weekend to attend and accept an award at the 2013 Women in the World Summit. The summit, now in its 4th year, brings together lady-changemakers from all over the world to discuss issues of importance to people everywhere. These are women fighting crime, challenging poverty and building stronger communities.

We were honored and humbled to have been included as awardees of this year’s Mother of Invention Award and $50,000 grant for development. Both the grant and the recognition will help our organization expand and assist many more communities preparing for and recovering from disasters.

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Watch the interview with co-founders Caitria and Morgan by actress Claire Danes

At the summit, we announced the launch of the new Helpful Neighbor Campaign. By visiting the site and signing up with your zipcode and email, you are pledging to be just a little bit more prepared. For each participant in the campaign, the Team at Recovers will donate $1 to Hurricane Sandy recovery, up to $5,000.

With your participation, you are helping support those who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Through their stories and work with us, Sandy survivors are helping make sure that you do not experience the same level of loss.

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On my flight home to San Francisco yesterday, I tried to put a finger on exactly what was so stirring about the stories of our African, Latina, Southeast Asian and American fellow speakers at the Women in the World Summit. It struck me this morning on the train:

These women saw an opportunity to make change in their communities and acted without roadmaps or permission. There is a lesson here – you are the expert in your community, and your ability to make it safer and smarter is boundless.

Caitria O’Neill

The Mothers of Invention Award is sponsored by Newsweek and the Daily Beast with Toyota. Find more information about the award and this year’s recipients here. 

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