The Women’s Fund celebrates $25,000 in grants

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s Women’s Fund granted $25,000 to area nonprofits and celebrated its 5th anniversary Friday June 24th. The Women’s Fund focuses its grant making efforts on addressing the unmet needs of women and/or girls in Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset counties. Grant recipients are as follows;

  • 4 Steps Therapeutic Riding Program – The Cancer Kickers Program will engage survivors in equine assisted activities and therapies and bring the positive impact of interaction to horses those battling breast cancer.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake – The Girls of Promise Initiative will support girls ages 11-18 in Wicomico County to empower young women through mentoring and personal hygiene resources.

  • Empowered Women Ministries – This scholarship program will provide opportunities for single mothers, or students of single parent families, the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education in the area of healthcare, business and human services.

  • Epoch Dreams Center – The Women’s Fund will provide support for 35 underserved girls to participate in summer programs to ensure they excel academically, emotionally and socially.

  • Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay – With support from the Women’s Fund, Girl Scout programs will be brought to Prince Street Elementary School for the 2016/2017 school year to serve 20 girls in an after school program who would otherwise miss the opportunity of scouting.

  • MAC, Inc. – The What’s Cooking Program will expand the impact of the MAC Healing Rose Garden by integrating cancer fighting cooking classes into this cancer survivor program.

  • Maryland Capital Enterprises – Through a grant from the Women’s Fund, the MCE Women’s Business Center will provide training, consulting and one on one mentoring for local female entrepreneurs.

  • Salvation Army, Salisbury Corps – The Salvation Army is known for helping to provide a safe, structured environment and affordable access to recreation sports. The support of the Women’s Fund will provide mentoring through a team environment for girls ages 3-10 to participate in softball.

  • UMES School of Pharmacy & Health Professions – The School will be working with the It Takes a Village to Help Our Children youth program in Crisfield to inspire girls in K-12 to pursue a career in the healthcare field.

  • Women Supporting Women – The Cooking for the New Me program provides cooking classes to cancer survivors and their caregivers as part of their healthy nutrition and lifestyle efforts to fight cancer.