For Women’s Equality Day, we’re recognizing the incredible work of Sydney Meyer, one of our behavioral health interventionists at Quincy Medical Group (QMG). Her desire to help others doesn’t stop within the walls of our clinic, but continues through her nonprofit organization, Giving Grace.
Meyer recognized the challenges faced by those struggling to afford even the most basic necessities and she was inspired to take action. Giving Grace addresses the critical shortage of hygiene products, particularly affecting women in our community.
“I’ve seen how expensive basic hygiene products can be, and I realized I have been blessed enough to never go without them in my life. Can you imagine life without these things?” Meyer shared. “Giving Grace strives to help women in the Quincy community feel supported and healthy, even if they currently don’t have the means to do this themselves.”
Since December of 2020, Giving Grace has partnered with local organizations, including Quanada, Salvation Army Homeless Shelter, Bella Ease, and Horizons, to distribute hygiene products. Together, they ensure the collected essential supplies find their way into the hands of those who need them most.
“I hope to continue partnering with amazing organizations like this and spreading the word about Giving Grace’s mission. The more people who know what we do, the more people we can help,” Meyer said.
The organization collects and distributes items including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, bras, underwear, socks, and feminine hygiene products.
A few times a year, Sydney reaches out to the community for donations through a Facebook fundraiser in her group called Giving Grace. In 2022, the QMG Foundation provided a grant for the organization to help support Meyer’s efforts.
As she looks to the future, she hopes to broaden her reach to help more people. Through her work, she knows that providing these essential items is not just meeting an immediate need for an individual, it’s given them something even more — comfort and hope.
“I want to leave a positive impact on this world. Being both strong in my faith and working as a mental health counselor at Quincy Medical Group, I find myself having compassion for those struggling and want to do my part to help them,” she shared. “I want to make my home in the Quincy community a place where people/women feel important and taken care of.”
To learn more, visit the Giving Grace Facebook page or email email@example.com.