In its second year, the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County has awarded 11 grants totaling nearly $36,000 to nonprofits in the county that assist women and children. Last year, the newly established group gave out $20,000 in grants. Over the past two years, the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County has awarded more than $55,000 to nonprofits in the community.
The most recent grant recipients are:
* The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, $4,000 for the Assisting Single Parents in Poverty Program
* Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, $4,000 for SMART (Skills, Mastery and Resistance Training) Girls Program
* CASA of Harford County, $4,000 for volunteer training and supervision
* SARC, $4,000 for the Safehouse Program
* Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services, $3,850 for the Parenting With Love and Logic Program
* Harford Community Action Agency, $3,500 for the Road to Success Program
* Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, $3,000 for Women Build 2013
* Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland, $2,500 for support of the Harford County Visitation Center
* Harford Family House, $2,500 for the Family Steps to Independence Program
* Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation, $2,500 for the C.L.I.M.B. Program supporting children of cancer patients
* The Highlands School, $1,696 for the Read Naturally Program
“It is so gratifying to see the impact the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County has made in its first two years,” said Jayne Klein, 2011-12 president of the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County. “The grants are changing lives of women and children through a broad scope of organizations, from providing educational opportunities to children to fighting domestic violence to assisting single parents.”
The Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County, founded in 2010, is dedicated to engaging women of all generations in the power of community philanthropy to address the needs of women and families. Ninety-four women are members, which grew from 53 its first year. The Giving Circle funds are held and managed by the Community Foundation of Harford County as a group donor-advised fund.
“Thanks to the grant from the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County, Family & Children’s Services will be able to provide 19 additional supervised visitations between children and their parents who would not normally be able to spend time together due to safety concerns,” said Jennifer Redding, director of trauma services for Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland. “Our Harford County Visitation Center provides a safe, child-friendly, neutral location for supervised visitation to occur between children and their non-custodial parents. Children benefit from continued relationships with their parents even when they are separated due to safety concerns.”
More information about the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County may be found at cfharfordcounty.org/womens-giving-circle.