Past grant awards made by the Women’s Giving Circle
New Martinsville Library – Supper in a Sack Program $8,000
A seven-week women’s nutrition and life skill education program including instruction in nutrition, hands-on meal preparation, food budgeting, sit-down meals and classes on improving life skills. Includes helping women build raised bed gardens to continue healthy eating habits.
Wetzel County Cancer Coalition, $2,555
To provide appropriate clothing for women who are getting chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments; provide funding for cancer patients for transportation to and from treatments; provide information about the HPV and ovarian cancer through focus groups for girls ages 9-12 and their mothers.
West Virginia Northern Community College, $5,960
The Girls Discovering Robotics Program is for seventh- and eighth-grade girls to give them the opportunity to experience the expanding field of robotics in a nurturing environment.
This two-week robotics summer camp will be supplemented by an after- school program using simple and more complex robots in a girl-only, girl-focused environment in Ohio County.
Youth Services System, $15,000
The Transitional Living Program is designed to give foster care to youth who are homeless and provide them with safe, stable housing opportunities in which they can transition successfully into the community.
WGC funds are designated for the young women in the program who also face additional difficulties such as pregnancy and parenting at a young age.
Ohio State University Extension – Belmont County, $8,000
The “Road Trip Life – Navigating Your Future” program targets girls as an underserved population within the community by engaging freshmen and sophomore high school girls in a four-hour interactive, multimedia, wellness seminar at the seven public high schools in Belmont County.
The agenda includes nutrition, exercise, health, safety, smart dating, stress reduction and safe relationships.
Youth Services Systems Inc., $10,000
To provide needed material goods and financial support to young women. YSS seeks to broaden and deepen their services to teen mothers.
The Transistional Living Program is serving four pregnant or mothering teens. YSS serves young women who are homeless or are in unsafe or inadequate housing.
Half of the funding will be used to meet the basic needs for six new mothers for their infants during the first year. The remainder will assist with their living costs as program participants.
YWCA Wheeling, $9,600
To extend the residential services to women who are in need of adequate and safe housing due to upheaval in their lives through past criminal history.
The transitional housing is for recently released from jail or prison domestic violence victims and their children (if applicable) who would otherwise be homeless. The YWCA will be providing free housing to two women and possibly their children.
Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council, Wetzel County $1,000
To instill a sense of community service to the girls by working on a project called “A Dress to a Girl from a Girl Scout.” The girls will be making dresses for girls in need in Wetzel County and throughout the country.
The budget includes postage and packing materials, onesies for age birth to 2 dresses, pillowcases for dresses 2-5, T-shirts for ages 6 and up, fabric for bottoms of dresses, thread, lace and embellishments.
Girls Scouts Black Diamond Council, Brooke and Ohio County, $3,100
For the Young Ladies Leadership Academy, a mentoring program designated to empower young girls by building healthy self-esteem in the counties of Brooke and Ohio.
It also aims to develop tools to effectively understand their individualism while gaining a sense of leadership. The program also addresses bullying and teaches the girls conflict management skills by building self-confidence.
Wetzel County Cancer Coalition, $2,090
For the purchase of specially designed garments for cancer patients in active treatment phases, who often have issues and concerns for modesty while undergoing treatment, especiallly for breast cancer.
YWCA Dress for Success Program, $1,800
A joint venture of the YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program’s Employability Advocate and the YWCA’s Y Not Repeat Boutique.
It is designed to take the clothing of the boutique to other social service agencies and utilize it as an opportunity to give women clothing and interview skills to obtain gainful employment.
YWCA Life Skills Classes for Re-Entry Women, $2,000
This project is designed to function in conjunction with the Parole Halfway House and provide life skills classes for women re-entering society.
These classes focus on developing lifestyles that avoid future crime and victimization and foster successful family and employment endeavors.