The recently formed Women’s Giving Circle of McKean County (WGC) will hold a Membership Event from 7 – 9 p.m. on Oct. 10 at The Bradford Club, 32 Boylston St. The Giving Circle was founded to strengthen the community by collectively addressing and supporting issues that are import-ant to women. The organization was established in January as a project of the McKean County Community Foundation.
The event is open to all women of McKean County who have an interest in joining the Women’s Giving Circle. Members may join with a commitment for any donor level. Those contributing at the $100 per year level or higher will be a voting member who may cast a ballot for an agency to be awarded the collective funds beginning in October 2020.
Paula Fritz Eddy, executive director of the McKean County Community Foundation believes giving circles go beyond individual “pet” charities to pool resources for a common goal with greater impact. “I believe that the success of this concept is that all members have a vote and input on where their pooled money will go,” explained Eddy.
“We are a diverse, dynamic and generous group of women engaged in an exciting venture of strategic philanthropy,” said Judy Bodamer, co-chair. “This is an ideal opportunity to make an impact by optimizing our time and targeting the resources of our members. We welcome members who are looking to become engaged in a purposeful way to help our communities.”
Donated funds will be awarded to a non-prof-it, municipality or religious organization within McKean County. Applications are avail-able online. Following submissions, the top organizations chosen will be submitted for a vote by the entire membership to make an annual award.
Those interested can RSVP by calling 814-834-2125 or emailing mccf@ mckeancountyfoundation.org. Reservations are appreciated by Monday, so the group can plan accordingly.
Co-chairs for the group are Judy Bodamer of Port Allegany and Carol Duffy of Smethport, while the event chair is Angela Erway. For more information, visit the Women’s Giving Circle page on the McKean County Foundation website at www.mckeancountyfoundation.org or call 1-814-834-2125.