Women’s Giving Circle awards grants to nine organizations

The Women’s Giving Circle of North Central West Virginia (WGC), a component fund of Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia Inc. (YCF), announced its fifth annual community grants to support women and girls in north-central West Virginia.

Awards were presented to nine local charitable organizations:
Adventurous Girls, a program of Monongalia County Family Resource Center and The Shack Neighborhood House;
Bartlett Housing Solutions;
Christian Help;
Girls on the Run of North Central West Virginia;
Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center;
Morgantown Area Youth Services Project;
Libera Inc.;
Pantry Plus More;
West Virginia Botanic Garden.

This year’s grants total nearly $19,000, and the individual awards range from $926 to $3,000.

The WGC increases its giving each year by growing its membership and has gifted over $68,000 since its inception in 2014.

Barbara Myers, chairwoman of the grants committee, organizes the application process each year.

“Granting a little money goes very far in our community — nine agencies will accomplish so much for girls and women,” Myers said.

“I am proud of this organization and all the good it does and will continue to do. I am very grateful to the grants committee and proud of the job they are doing.”

Beth Fuller, chairwoman of the WGC, said the group allows its members to do more.

“The WGC offers an opportunity for women in our community to come together and give to create a greater impact than giving alone,” Fuller said. “The WGC brings together women from diverse backgrounds with a common goal of improving the lives of women and girls in our community. Our members share their gifts and time each year to learn about local needs to build the WGC and its outreach in the community.”

The WGC encourages new membership throughout the year and extends a special invitation in April to the WGC Annual Membership Soiree. All women in the community are invited to come, learn and join regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.