Community Foundation's Women's Fund Hosts Grant Reception


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

For more information about The Women’s Fund, visit www.womensfundeasternshore.org or call 410-742-9911.


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