In March, we chose the Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation. The mission of this organization, founded in memory of a very special young woman, is to empower women who strive to better their lives through education and job training. 100+ Women Who Care Athens member Roberta Carrier joined me to present $5,150 to Kimberly Keegan and members of the Foundation’s Board. In addition to our donation, the Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation received $2,500 from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation as part of the Power of 100 Women Who Care grants program. We are thrilled to participate in this program to increase the impact of our donations!
As we begin our fifth year supporting local nonprofits in the Athens area, this month’s donation, including the grant from RMSFF, brings our total impact to $56,600. Thanks to all current and past members!
In December, we chose the Athens StepUp Scholarship Program. Our members Hattie Whitehead and Jane Nute nominated Athens StepUp, and also run the program! We raised $5,050 to provide scholarships for local students who are headed to college.
In September, we chose Strong Girls Serve, and for the first time, we hit the $5,000 mark! This organization is “all about empowering girls from elementary school to high school through community service, team-building, and leadership activities.” Strong Girls Serve was nominated by 100+ Women Who Care Athens member Kim Klonowski who joined me to deliver checks to Strong Girls Serve co-founders, Rachel and Kim. Thanks also to Strong Girls Serve intern, Natalie, for taking our photo with the Gaines Elementary Eagle!
Are you keeping track? This quarter’s donation brings our total impact on the Athens community to $43,900!
In June, we chose Butterfly Dreams Therapeutic Riding Program (BDF) to receive our donations, totaling $4,300. This organization was nominated by 100+ Women Who Care Athens member Joey Bristol, who is also the BDF Board President. BDF is a 501C-3 nonprofit organization that “provides a safe and fun environment for students to receive therapy and riding instruction on horseback.” You can read more about BDF on their website at https://butterflydreamsfarm.org. Joining Joey and me for the check delivery are Nicole Summerour Beitzel, her daughter Abby, who has gained so much from the programs at Butterfly Dreams, and Kisses, one of the working ponies at the farm.
In March, we chose The Cottage, Sexual Assault Center & Children’s Advocacy Center, nominated by member Rachel Allen. The Cottage raises awareness and facilitates the healing of individuals, families and communities affected by sexual violence and child abuse. We reached our highest quarterly total to date, and Rachel and I presented $4,500 to Executive Director Sally Sheppard. Learn more about The Cottage at http://www.northgeorgiacottage.org.
This quarter’s donation brings our total impact on the Athens community to $34,600!
In December, we selected Little Athens Children’s Museum. The goal of Little Athens, nominated by member Carrie Coker Bishop, is “to bring interactive play opportunities to families so they can connect, and kids can learn and develop a sense of our unique community.” We raised $4,150 to help with this goal, presented to founder Leigh Ellen Watts Magness, bringing our total donations to Athens area nonprofits to $30,100. You can learn more about Little Athens at http://littleathens.org.
This quarter, we selected Girls Rock Athens, “dedicated to empowering girls, women, Trans, and non-binary Folks of all backgrounds and abilities through music education, creation, and performance.” Nominating member Kecia Thomas and I delivered $4,200 to Jenn Weishaupt, Executive Director. We topped our last donation and passed a major milestone for total donations since March 2015 at $25,950! 100+ Women Who Care Athens Rock!!
This quarter, we selected Camp Twitch and Shout, which is “dedicated to improving the lives of children with Tourette Syndrome through engaging and supportive camp programs.” Nominating member Nan Peterson and I delivered $3,650 to Tricia Kardon, Camp Director and Executive Director of Tourette Information Center and Support. This is our highest donation to date, for a total of $21,750 shared with nonprofits in the Athens area since we began in March 2015!
The local nonprofit we selected this quarter was the YWCO Summer Girls Club. This recreational day camp for girls ages 5-15 offers girls experiences that foster academic success, character development, goals setting, making good decisions, good health and nutrition, and giving back to community. Nominating member Nancy Walton and I delivered $3,550 to YWCO Executive Director Kitty Meyran. This donation will help to fund an additional week of summer fun and learning for Athens girls!
This quarter, we selected Books for Keeps. We delivered $3,200 to support this organization’s goal to improve children’s reading achievement by addressing barriers related to the accessibility and appeal of reading material. Nominating members Merryn Walker and Kim Klonowski joined me to deliver $3,200 to Executive Director Leslie Williams Hale and Program Manager Louis Crow – thanks for taking the photo, Louis!
Following this donation, our total support for Athens-area nonprofits is $18,200. Can’t wait to see what we can do next year!
This quarter, we selected U-Lead Athens. We delivered $3,350 to support this organization’s goal of equal access to higher education for all. U-Lead Athens Co-Director, JoBeth Allen, and Athens Tech/U-Lead Athens student, Adonahi Meza, accepted our checks.
Are you keeping track? This quarter’s donations, our largest total to date, puts us right at $15,000! Thank you to our members!
In June, we selected the Young Designers Sewing Program. We delivered $2,500 to support their work with girls in East Athens, teaching them not only sewing and design, but also business and social skills.
* We received a late check for $50, bringing our total for YDSP to $2,550!
In March, we selected the Georgia Conflict Center. We delivered $2,550 to support their work with Athens-area schools, businesses, jails, and others to address conflict as it arises and reduce violence.
For those of us keeping track, our running total since March 2015 is $9,050 to support Athens non-profits!
In December, we selected Family Connection-Communities in Schools, Athens. We delivered $1,950 to support the development of partnerships between schools and members of our community, right here in Athens.
In September, we selected the St. Mary’s Hospice House. We delivered $2,050 that may be used for patient care and supporting patients’ families.
In June, the group selected the Athens Community Council on Aging, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. We delivered $1,400 to support this amazing program!
For our inaugural donation, we selected the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Be a Friend First program. We delivered $1,100 to support the program in an Athens area middle school.
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