Women’s and Girls fund awards $34K in grants
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.