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Women in Philanthropy awards more than $50,000 in grants

November 9, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – Women in Philanthropy selected 10 Pee Dee nonprofits for its 10th annual grant cycle on Nov. 1.

Women in Philanthropy is an affiliate fund of the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation.

A total of $50,000 was awarded in the 10th grant cycle. A second grant cycle is underway to fund a capital project and will be announced in December, according to a release from the foundation.

Grant awards from Women in Philanthropy in 2018 include:

>> The Naomi Project will received $5,000 to create additional space for children to play safely. The organization serves families experiencing domestic abuse

>> Empowered to Heal will receive $3,000 to distribute its Stewards of Children program. The organization provides support for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

>> Felician Center will receive $5,000 to expand its health services. The organization works with local health providers and businesses to provide health services to uninsured or low insured members of Williamsburg County.

>> Florence Literacy Council will receive $2,500 to provide a program for adults with special needs or disabilities. The organization provides literacy instruction to adults to build learner capability and self-esteem.

>> Florence Little Theatre will receive $3,000 to create a scholarship program for low-income students to participate in field trips to the theater.

>> Manna House will receive $7,000 for food and utilities. The organization provides free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.

>> Mercy in Me Free Medical Clinic will receive $5,000 for medical testing and procedures. The organization provides free routine medical care to uninsured, low-income Chesterfield County residents.

>> Mercy Medicine Free Clinic will receive $7,000 to support their free dentures program. The organization provides free healthcare for the uninsured, poor and homeless.

>> Northeastern Rural Health Network will receive $5,500 to demonstrate healthy eating as part of their Faithful Families Eating Smart Moving More program. The network is a group of organizations that collaborate to improve the health of residents in Chesterfield, Marlboro and Dillon Counties.

>> SpeciallyABLED Miracles will receive $7,000 to offset costs of equipment and transportation at its summer day camp. The organization provides unique activities for children with special needs.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Women in Philanthropy. The giving circle was created in 2009 to maximize women’s leadership in philanthropy. At the conclusion of this cycle, the group will have distributed a total of $450,000 through 93 grant awards to 43 organizations to improve the Pee Dee. Their actions demonstrate the power of collection giving, the release said.

The Eastern Carolina community Foundation acts as a partner and grant maker that unites the generosity of donors with effective approaches to charitable giving.

Women in Philanthropy members represent a broad variety of incomes, religions, backgrounds, educational and career achievements. Each member has a voice and a vote in how funds are directed. Any woman who resides in the Pee Dee and commits to contributing $500 annually is encouraged to join. Women age 40 or younger may join for $250. For more information, visit Eastern Carolina Community Foundation’s website at www.easterncarolinacf.org.

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