As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, New Endeavors by Women will present the Mary Popit Partner in Caring Award to Jerri Shaw, co-founder and co-CEO of JBS International of North Bethesda.
Shaw is the third recipient of the award. Since she was introduced to the organization, she has helped spread the word about its programs and services, has introduced members to many new friends, and has been a sustaining partner in many events and activities, according to Executive Director Wanda Steptoe.
Since 1988, New Endeavors, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that provides homes and resources for homeless people, has helped more than 3,000 women and children.
“I am truly grateful for such an honor,” Shaw said in a news release. “NEW is an organization that has a profound effect on the lives of vulnerable women and their children, and to be recognized for the small part I have played in making that happen means a lot to me.”
Shaw’s involvement with the group started in 1999, after the death of her mother, Mary Shaw.
“My mother asked me to donate her wardrobe to an organization that helped women find jobs. Mary Mulholland introduced me to Mary Popit, who was NEW’s executive director at the time,” Shaw said. “I was very impressed with their programs, their mission and their outcomes. And over the years, I remain impressed by how NEW is able to leverage their limited resources to do so much good in our community.”
Shaw is to be honored at New Endeavors’ benefit reception and silent auction from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Westin Georgetown in Washington. Tickets, at $75 to $150, are available at www.nebw.org.
JBS, founded in 1985, provides management and information technology services to public- and private-sector clients.