Bernadette Hoban

NFWFWF President Bernadette Hoban

It was recently brought to my attention that I say “no worries” a lot. Apparently it’s my “go to” phrase in e-mails and conversations. So, now I’ve become self conscious about it and I’m trying not to over use it. But wouldn’t it be great if just saying “no worries” worked for everyone you met, and every fear or concern they had disappeared into thin air? Life would immediately change for a lot of people. The reality is, we don’t possess those magical powers. But here on the North Fork we are fortunate to have a wonderful organization fondly called NFWFWF.

Since 1992, our organization has been providing healthcare grants that in many ways remove some of the worries facing our community. The grants we provide answer an immediate need and often afford women independence to stay in their homes through services such as Lifeline alert systems, chair lifts or the installation of a safety ramp or railing. These grants also provide assistance to cover various dental or medical expenses not covered by insurance.

Since 2006, our HelpHer program has arranged for supportive community members to go with women to doctors appointments, some with mobility or memory issues. We have provided assistive devices like walkers, ramps, wheelchairs and personal medical accessories. Since 1992, we distributed 241 healthcare grants totaling over $317,000. We currently have eight women with Lifeline subscriptions, paid by our organization and through your ongoing support and generosity.

The number of grants NFWFWF provides is limited solely by the donations that we procure. In that sense, by giving to NFWFWF you can have a direct and positive impact on those in our community. Thanks to your generosity, we are able to provide assistance to those who need it. Our organization is always on the lookout to provide additional services and resources that benefit our membership.

As this year comes to a close and the season of giving approaches, we ask you to support NFWFWF in our year end appeal. Your generosity will assist us in our mission and in turn we can continue to help lesbians on the North Fork.

Our goal is to alleviate some of the worries that face our community so we can live our lives independently. As long as there is NFWFWF, “no worries!” Thank you in advance for your support.


Bernie Hoban

Bernadette Hoban
North Fork Women for Women Fund