The Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund of the Lower Eastern Shore celebrated its third year of grant awards at a special reception hosted at the Community Foundation offices in June.
The Women’s Fund is a permanent endowment fund created to address the unmet needs of women and/or girls on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. Since the Fund was established in October 2011, more than 150 local women have become founding members. The Women’s Fund awarded grants totaling $22,391 to deserving organizations in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.
The following eight programs received Women’s Funds Grants for 2014 during ceremonies held at the Community Foundation:
Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay - received $2,500 to provide support for the implementation of a new financial literacy program called “Wallet Wise” to teach middle school girls about saving, spending and investing money wisely
HALO received $2,408 to provide furnishings for four bedrooms, providing housing for eight women participating in the Journey of Hope Program
Maryland Capital Enterprises received $2,500 to provide support for the Women’s Business Center which was recently relocated to the Eastern Shore
Salvation Army - Salisbury received $2,500 to support the creation of a six-week girls’ softball league to serve approximately 50 girls in the tri-county area
University of Maryland Extension – 4H Program received $4,983 to support the Handling Emergency Response Situations (HERS) Program to provide girls with education and preparation tools to deal effectively with a variety of emergency response situations
Women Supporting Women received $1,500 to provide breast cancer health screenings at no cost to women without health insurance in Somerset County (in partnership with the Somerset County Health Department)
Woodrow Wilson Community Center received $1,000 to support the creation of an 8th an 9th grade girls’ basketball program
Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services – Berlin received $5,000 to provide support for the Strengthening Adolescent girls with Education and Support (SAGES) Program