Women’s Giving Circle awards $7,000 in grants to area non-profits

Accepting grants from Women’s Giving Circle on behalf of their organizations were Susie Meyer-Page of CASA of McKean County, Ronda Skokin and Tonia Hartzell of Mattresses Across McKean County, and Vanessa Castano from YWCA. Unavailable for photo was Care for Children that also received a grant.

The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC), a project of the McKean County Community Foundation, held its first in-person annual granting meeting on November 10, awarding $7,000 in grants to four area non-profit organizations. WGC, a philanthropic giving circle, was founded in 2019 by a group of charitable-minded women who cared about improving the quality of life in McKean County for their families and friends

The 2021 annual meeting, held at the Eldred WW2 Museum, was attended by WGC members and their guests who greatly enjoyed an evening of socialization, refreshments from Eddie’s on Main and The Winery at Wilcox, and education, including a wonderful presentation by Steve Appleby of the WW2 museum.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation by each of the eight grant applicants with a brief description of the project their grant would be funding. WGC members then voted on their favorite projects and awarded a total of $7,000 in grants to four non-profit organizations. All eight grant applicants were seeking funding for exceptional programs. It is the goal of WGC to continue to increase their membership and grow their ability to assist more non-profit organizations in McKean County.

YWCA received a $2,000 grant for their housing and employment services program, Mattresses Across McKean County was awarded $2,000 to provide mattresses to those in need, CASA of McKean County received $2,000 for recruitment and training of additional volunteers, and Care for Children was awarded a $1,000 grant for their Cribs for Kids program and sleep education for parents.

WGC is open to all area women who are interested in addressing and supporting issues that are important to women. Each member makes an annual charitable donation of at least $100. The donations are pooled together to make an impact in McKean County by awarding grants to non-profits. WGC is both a philanthropic and a social organization that strengthens the concept of women working together to fund change and create a better way of living in their communities.

Women can learn more or join Women’s Giving Circle by visiting the McKean County Community Foundation website at www.mckeancountyfoundation.org, or calling the Foundation at 1-844-238-2289.