Programs & Events

Annual Children's Clothing Drive:

Are you about to clean out your children’s closets? Update your child’s wardrobe? Do good while de-cluttering.

The Brookline Commission for Women will be holding its 7th Annual Children's Clothing Drive at the Brookline Public Safety Headquarters, 350 Washington Street, Brookline.
We will accept clean, wearable clothing and shoes for children ages 0 to 5, newborn clothing especially, clothing that’s washed and ready to wear which will be much appreciated. As with all of our drives, we’re also collecting financial donations, nonperishable food donations, toiletries, and diapers for the Brookline Food Pantry.

Help local families clothe young children, as well as Cradles to Crayons and Vincent Newborn Necessities.

Donation Times and Location:
Stay tuned for our next event Winter 2019!

Questions? Please contact Cheryl Snyder at BCW@brooklinema.gov
This event is being held as part of Brookline Climate Week.

We are also looking for help in sorting and delivering items, please us know if you are interested in helping!

Questions or volunteer? Please contact me at casey.hatchett@gmail.com or event coordinator Cheryl Snyder at BCW@brooklinema.gov

2019 Brookline Woman of the Year

Each March, in celebration of National Women’s History Month, the BCW honors one woman from the community who has made a remarkable impact on the town and people who live here through the Woman of the Year Program.

Annual Dress for Success Winter Coat Drive

Each year in November, the Brookline Commission for Women (BCW) holds a Winter Coat Drive for Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization that offers services to underprivileged women entering the workforce. Each client receives one suit when she has a job interview and a week’s worth of separates when she gets the job. Clothing needed includes:

  • Accessories
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Shoes
  • Winter coats

Thank you to everyone who contributed at our November 2015 clothing drive. For questions on our 2016 Dress for Success Clothing drive, please contact me at casey.hatchett@gmail.com or event coordinator Cheryl Snyder at BCW@brooklinema.gov

Childcare Forum:

Each year the Brookline Commission for Women (BCW) holds a Child Care Forum. Please stay tuned for the next event.

Panelists will speak on the benefits and challenges of various types of daycare options that are available for families with children in the newborn to 5 year age range. Representatives from BEEP, Brookline Health Department, the Brookline Police Department are featured.

Questions? Please email BCW@brooklinema.gov, call 617-730-2734.

WeCan (Formerly Women Who Launch)

The BCW, the Brookline Chamber of Commerce, and Brookline Economic Development have joined together to bring a series of programming for current and prospective women entrepreneurs.A kick-off celebration and panel discussion was held at Newbury College, a workshop for “Effective Networking” was held at the Inner Space and a 3rd event focused on mentoring and a 4th event focused on using Social Media to promote yourself and your business.

Women Who Inspire Us

Each March, the BCW holds an essay contest among 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Students are asked to write about a “Women Who Inspires Me.” Students have written about mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, teachers, coaches, Big Sisters, and mentors. The essay contest winners and the special woman in their lives are invited to a reception to honor these exceptional women who have impacted so many young people.

Woman of the Year

Each March, in celebration of National Women’s History Month, the BCW honors 1 woman from the community who has made a remarkable impact on the town and people who live here through the Woman of the Year Program. Past winners include:

  • Attorney Sue Howard (2006)
  • Domestic Violence Advocate Pat Norling (2007)
  • BEEP Principal Vicki Milstein (2008)
  • Community Advocate Hsiu-Lan Chang (2009)
  • Former Brookline Community Foundation Executive Director Molly Paul (2010)
  • Former Director of Steps to Success Janet Selcer, (2011)
  • Former Director of Food Services for Brookline Public Schools Sonya Elder (2012)
  • Rita McNally (2013)
  • Mary Dunne (2014)
  • Doreen Gallagher (2015)
  • Rene Feuerman (2016)

Past Forums & Events

  • Childcare Forum - In April 2013 and September 2014, the BCW hosted forums on childcare options.
  • Toxic Bust – Breast Cancer Awareness - In October 2008, the BCW partnered with the Brookline Health Department to show the documentary film, Toxic Bust, which explores the connection between toxic chemicals and breast cancer.
  • Making Cent$ of Money Management Seminar for Women - Series of financial management seminars sponsored by the Bank of Canton, Jennifer A. Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence and the Brookline Commission for Women.
  • Status of Women in Brookline - In 2006, the BCW held a “Forum on the Status of Women” to discuss how Brookline women fare in terms of health, politics and business.Past Forums and Events:
  • Childcare Forum - In April 2013, the BCW hosted a forum on Childcare options.
  • Toxic Bust – Breast Cancer Awareness - In October 2008, the BCW partnered with the Brookline Health Department to show the documentary film, Toxic Bust, which explores the connection between toxic chemicals and breast cancer.
  • Making Cent$ of Money Management Seminar for Women - Series of financial management seminars sponsored by the Bank of Canton, Jennifer A. Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence and the Brookline Commission for Women. Status of Women in Brookline - In 2006, the BCW held a “Forum on the Status of Women” to discuss how Brookline women fare in terms of health, politics and business.