Women’s and Girls fund awards $34K in grants

Record Observer - - News - By KATIE WIL­LIS kwillis@stardem.com

EAS­TON — The Women and Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore awarded 13 grant re­cip­i­ents a to­tal of $34,231 at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual grants and awards lun­cheon Mon­day, April 25, at the Mile­stone in Eas­ton.

Paige Evans, pres­i­dent of the board for the Women and Girls Fund of the MidShore, said the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mis­sion state­ment is to use “the power of pooled re­sources to im­prove the lives of women and girls on the Mid-Shore.”

This year’s grant re­cip­i­ents and their awards were the Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege Foun­da­tion, $1,200; Church Hill El­e­men­tary School, $2,000; Critchlow Ad­kins Chil­dren’s Cen­ters, $1,500; Des­tined to Rise, $2,500; Dock Street Foun­da­tion, $1,000; For All Sea­sons Behavioral Health and Rape Cri­sis Cen­ter, $5,978; Greater New Hope Church and Min­istries, $2,500; Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Chop­tank, $3,500; Imag­i­na­tion Li­brary of Tal­bot County, $2,500; Ladies of Nia, $2,500; MidShore Com­mu­nity Me­di­a­tion Cen­ter, $1,000; Mid Shore Re­gional Coun­cil/ Tal­bot County Ex­ten­sion Of­fice, $6,553; and Til­gh­man Area Youth As­so­ci­a­tion, $1,500.

Alice Ryan, board mem­ber and founder of the Women and Girls Fund, pre­sented the 2016 Women and Girls Fund Award to Kathy Weaver, who has man­aged the food pantry for the St. Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety for more than 15 years.

Ryan said the award is given an­nu­ally to rec­og­nize and honor a com­mu­nity mem­ber who has made out­stand­ing per­sonal or pro­fes­sional con­tri­bu­tions to­ward un­der­stand­ing and ad­dress­ing the needs of women and girls through­out the MidShore.

She said the so­ci­ety gave out 9,500 bags of gro­ceries to 183 fam­i­lies last year, mak­ing it the largest food pantry in Tal­bot County and the hub for 20 other food pantries. St. Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety has ex­panded its food pantry hours, pro­vides fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for those fac­ing evic­tion, med­i­cal bills and home­less­ness and now also sells do­nated cloth­ing, house­wares and fur­ni­ture, Ryan said.

Ryan said Weaver vol­un­teers with other or­ga­ni­za­tions, but each Thanks­giv­ing she vol­un­teers with Sts. Peter and Paul El­e­men­tary School and the Tal­bot County Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices to pro­vide food bas­kets to fam­i­lies in need. Ryan said Weaver also has en­cour­aged lo­cal stu­dents to get in­volved with col­lect­ing food and vol­un­teer­ing with the St. Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety food pantry.

The Women and Girls Fund of the East­ern Shore also hon­ored Maria D’ Arcy, a sup­port group leader and bilin­gual vic­tim ad­vo­cate for For All Sea­sons Rape Cri­sis Cen­ter, and Estela Vianey Ramirez, the His­panic out­reach co­or­di­na­tor at Ch­e­sa­peake Mul­ti­cul­tural Re­source Cen­ter in Eas­ton, with the 2016 Sh­eryl V. Kerr Award. The award was pre­sented by Grayce B. Kerr Fund Pres­i­dent John Val­liant.

The Sh­eryl V. Kerr Award is given in mem­ory of Sh­eryl V. Kerr, by the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, Ryan said. An award is pre­sented an­nu­ally to in­di­vid­u­als and pro­grams that em­power and are sig­nif­i­cant to women.

Daisy Fund grants also were pre­sented to four non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing Church Hill El­e­men­tary School, Imag­i­na­tion Li­brary of Tal­bot County, Ladies of Nia and Til­gh­man Area Youth As­so­ci­a­tion. Beth Spurry, pres­i­dent and owner of Tred Avon Fam­ily Wealth in Eas­ton, pre­sented the grants and dis­cussed the Daisy Fund.

Spurry said Daisy Funds may be opened through the Women and Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore with a $1,000 pledge, and are fully funded when they reach $10,000. Four funds be­came fully funded this year, gen­er­at­ing $1,332 in grant money, for dis­tri­bu­tion this year.

Meg van den Berg, fund ad­min­is­tra­tor for the Women and Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore, said the Daisy Fund is an en­dow­ment fund, which is in­vested in var­i­ous ve­hi­cles, which are man­aged by Mid Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. Once the funds are fully funded, a por­tion of the money in­vested gen­er­ates a spend­able bal­ance for dis­tri­bu­tion to lo­cal non­prof­its, she said. This year, the money in­vested gen­er­ated a spend­able bal­ance of $1,332.

Spurry said Daisy Funds can be es­tab­lished in an ac­count holder’s name and when those funds are fully funded, the ac­count own­ers may choose to award grants, from grants ap­proved by the Women and Girls Fund.

The Women and Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore be­gan in 2002 and is now in its 14th year, van den Berg said. She said, to date, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has awarded $452,586 to 77 Mid-Shore non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Women and Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore, to do­nate or to set up a Daisy Fund, call 410-770-8347 or email info@wom­e­nand­girls­fund.org.

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PHOTO BY KATIE WIL­LIS

Daisy Fund grants were pre­sented to four non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing Church Hill El­e­men­tary School, Imag­i­na­tion Li­brary of Tal­bot County, Ladies of Nia and Til­gh­man Area Youth As­so­ci­a­tion, dur­ing the Women and Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore’s an­nual grants and awards lun­cheon Mon­day, April 25, at the Mile­stone in Eas­ton. From left are Mal­ica Dun­nock, pres­i­dent, Ladies of Nia; Ginny Corn­well, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Til­gh­man Area Youth As­so­ci­a­tion; Allison Mar­riott, Daisy Fund rep­re­sen­ta­tive; April Quigley, teacher and head coach, Church Hill El­e­men­tary School Ch­ester’s Early Starters; and Cristy Mor­rell, di­rec­tor, Imag­i­na­tion Li­brary of Tal­bot County.

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