The Association of American Women of Aberdeen (AWA) was founded in February 1985. The primary purpose of this organisation today is to help expatriates to adapt to their new environment, integrate into the expat community in the Aberdeen area by providing social and cultural contacts, and integrate into the local community by supporting a local charity. We have a diverse group, primarily of American and Canadian expatriates, but also expatriates from other countries, including Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, and even as far as South America and Australia. We are women from all walks of life, united in our interest to foster and develop a fun, welcoming environment for newcomers and expatriates in Scotland.
Each year AWA members vote to select a charity of choice from among a shortlist nominated by its members. AWA members then spend the following year volunteering for and fundraising on behalf of the selected charity. In addition to selecting one main charity to sponsor, the AWA also make donations each year to each of the runner-up shortlisted charities as well as other local groups by request. When we have a member involved in a local organisation seeking a donation, we try to honour that request as it is important to us to see our members embracing and being involved in the local community. We have several members and their families who really enjoy riding with Aberdeen Riding Club and were very excited about having a brand-new riding facility being built in Aberdeenshire that makes riding accessible for so many people. That is why we were more than happy to sponsor a stable at the new facilities of Aberdeen Riding Club.