Community Foundation's Women's Fund Hosts Grant Reception


The Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund of the Lower Eastern Shore celebrated its fourth year of grant awards at a special reception hosted at the home of Jan and Jim Perdue in early June. The Women’s Fund awarded grants totaling $25,000 to deserving organizations in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.

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, almost 200 local women have become founding members.

The following thirteen programs received Women’s Fund Grants for 2015:

  • Art League of Ocean City - to provide support for the 2016 “She Speaks” exhibit, which would coordinate with International Women’s Day and engage local nonprofit meeting the needs of local women and girls.

  • Child & Family Foundation - to provide support for programming designed to offer teenage girls safe and positive social activities that foster personal growth

  • Delmarva Discovery Center – in partnership with University of Maryland Extension, provide increased STEM programming to provide increased access and exposure for local girls

  • Empower Women Ministeries - to support the Life Purpose Navigation Program to help single women break the cycles of unhealthy relationships and to provide structured workforce development for women in transition

  • Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay – partnering with It Takes A Village in Crisfield, this program will provide six weeks of STEM programming for girls

  • MAC, Inc. - to support the Caregivers Resource Center that provides connections to comfort or aid family caregivers, their loved ones, and concerned professionals

  • MAC, Inc. - to provide support for the Healing Rose Garden that was inspired by breast cancer survivors and to provide a place of digni