Gateway to Equity Award

2018 Recipient

AAUW Carlisle presented the Gateway to Equity Award to Shari Bellish, Executive Director of Carlisle C.A.R.E.S during our General Meeting on Tuesday, March 27th.

The AAUW Gateway to Equity Award honors an individual, a group or an organization that has shown by action and philosophy the promotion of the AAUW mission of equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

As the Executive Director of Carlisle C.A.R.E.S. which has been serving the Cumberland County community since 2004, Bellish has been instrumental in supporting equity in this community.  Among other services, Carlisle C.A.R.E.S. offers shelter year round to as many as 60 guests each night, many of whom are women and girls, by working with local area churches and community volunteers.  Under her leadership, the organization serves the emergency needs of those without a home with compassion, respect and resources.

In support of the work Shari and her organization does, our membership accepted a challenge to collect personal care products currently needed at Carlisle C.A.R.E.S. to help their homeless mission.  Lists were distributed at the meeting and items will be collected at the May General Meeting to be delivered to Carlisle C.A.R.E.S.



YWCA Carlisle
AAUW Dickinson Student Organization

Patricia Vance, State Senator
Dawn Flower, Carlisle Borough Councilwoman
Jill Bartoli, AAUW Carlisle Branch member and PA House of Representatives Candidate

Dickinson College President Dr. Nancy Roseman

Noorjahan Akbar, Dickinson College student; former director, Young Women for Change, Afghanistan

Cheryl Cook, Deputy Secretary for Marketing and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture