100WomenStrong Announces Grants for 27 Loudoun Programs

100WomenStrong, a group of Loudoun donors who strive to strategically invest in programs that enrich the community, announced about a quarter million dollars’ worth of charitable gifts during a reception tonight.

The organization is donating $279,550 to 27 area nonprofits to help them initiate, complete or supplement programs this year. That figure brings the total amount the philanthropic group has given to more than $1.5 million to Loudoun nonprofits to support change in the areas of shelter, health, hunger and education.

100WomenStrong was started in December 2008 by 12 people who wanted to improve the quality of life for Loudoun County residents.

“Almost 10 years later, 40 passionate people continue that mission,” Karen G. Schaufeld, 100WomenStrong founder and president, said at Wednesday’s ceremony.

“This year alone we will be impacting the lives of 28,930 individuals with the good work of the 27 organizations to which we made grants this year,” she added.

Schaufeld said 100WomenStrong’s financial gifts touch so many lives because of the tireless work of local nonprofit organizations. “Dollars mean nothing without the consistent, caring, passionate efforts of our partnering nonprofits, their staff, their board member and volunteers. We are honored to be standing with you as you improve the quality of life for the residents of Loudoun County.”

100WomenStrong 2018 grant recipients are:

  • A Farm Less Ordinary ($5,000) to provide training and employment to adults with special needs;
  • A Place to Be ($35,000) to employ an additional music therapist and initiate homebound music therapy program;
  • Ability Fitness Center ($8,000) to purchase a NuStep recumbent cross-trainer;
  • All Ages Read Together ($20,000) to support an existing class at Sterling Library and create an inclusive early childhood special education classroom;
  • Catholic Charities ($10,000) to purchase double door for efficient, safe delivery of food and increase commercial donor base;
  • Children’s Science Center ($2,000) to expand its family science night program to more Title I schools in Loudoun;
  • Dulles South Food Pantry ($10,000) to build a missing sidewalk link and expand hours for part-time operations staff;
  • ECHO ($20,000) to launch the ECHO Training Academy for adults with disabilities;
  • EveryMind ($5,000) to support Loudoun’s Serving Together program that helps veterans and service members navigate available services;
  • Five Stones Institute to support mindfulness training for children;
  • Friends of Loudoun Mental Health ($8,400) to provide two years of housing subsidies for A Place to Call Home program to prevent homelessness;
  • HealthWorks ($15,000) to support a second year maternity care coordinator program;
  • INMED ($13,350) to support summer day camp for Sterling children;
  • Loudoun Abused Womens Shelter ($25,000) to enhance its legal services, expand security systems and expand expert witnesses;
  • Loudoun Habitat for Humanity ($2,000) to create reference manuals for classes at the new Homebuyer Education Center;
  • Loudoun Hunger Relief ($12,000) to purchase a pallet lift for warehouse operations;
  • Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers ($5,000) to support food delivery;
  • Northern Virginia Family Service ($5,000) to provide resiliency-based parenting intervention;
  • Northern VA Human Trafficking ($5,000) to create materials for human trafficking awareness and prevention;
  • Piedmont Environmental Council ($5,000) to start volunteer programs at Roundabout Meadows Community Farm to help residents grow vegetables and fruits for donation to food-insecure families;
  • Stop Child Abuse Now ($5,000) to expand parent education;
  • Stroke Comeback Center ($7,500) to conduct small-group communication classes led by speech-language pathologists;
  • The New Ag School ($9,600) to support its “school without walls” program;
  • The Arc of Loudoun Paxton Campus ($10,000) to fund its ALLY educational series on disability rights, guidance and support to the estimated 48,300 people in Loudoun County with disabilities;
  • The Fenwick Foundation ($10,000) to fund the Adult Dental Access, Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) program;
  • Windy Hill ($6,700) to provide laptops to to underserved youth participating in NetWorks after-school program at Blue Ridge Middle School; and
  •  Women Giving Back ($15,000) to purchase equipment and volunteer management software.

100WomenStrong also provides ongoing support of long-term impact grants, including a Community School Initiative at Sterling Elementary and the LCPS Backpack Coalition. For more information about the group, email Pam Ray at info@OneHundredWomenStrong.org.


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