What’s Going on with 2015 Grants? A Progress Report

What’s Going on with 2015 Grants? A Progress Report

Bonnie Fahrner, Chair of the Grants Task Force, offers this update of our 2015 grant awards:

bonnie gtf chairKids for Christ – Our grant is funding the new Bible study program at Maryville Elementary School located in Maryville, Illinois, which is part of the Collinsville School District. The first five-week session starts in the beginning of November and will conclude in December. After the session concludes, Women4given will receive a packet of information including the number of children, number of volunteers, number of children’s Bibles distributed, and other details of the program. Pictures will be included.

2015 Chances4Children thank you crop2Chances for Children – Women4given’s grant was for the orphan care program without sponsoring a particular child. Chances for Children used the funds in the four Haitian orphanages it supports, which serve 350 children by providing food, medical services, housing education, and enrichment programs.

Rebirth: East St. Louis – Rebirth has identified available houses that would be suitable for use of our grant. They are working on arrangements to purchase a house via the tax sale process and schedule.

Christian Activity Center – Sponsorships of Jalyn and Jerrica. Both of these young ladies continue to be active participants at CAC. CAC invites Women4given to schedule a tour so members can see what CAC facilities and programs have to offer the children of East St. Louis.

Christian Activity Center – Here We Grow Edible Garden. This was the first year for the program. The children grew tomatoes, zucchini, kale, greens, and peppers. One-hundred-fifty children participated in caring for garden plots–watering, weeding, and tending the gardens. When the vegetables were ripe, the children picked and washed them. They took food home. They also saw at CAC how some of the vegetables could be prepared, then ate the samples. Ten mothers participated. The garden plots are now being prepared for the fall. The program will be expanded next year to include more acreage and to offer a general community garden.CAC Here We Grow

We Need You! (to be involved as much as you want)

We Need You! (to be involved as much as you want)

In Women4given, we want our members to be involved as much or as little as they want.

We are asking you to let us know how much you want to be involved during the 2015-2016 year by filling out this survey. There are three levels of involvement:

1. Financial Membership
Our membership requirements are simple: over the course of a year, give a dollar a day. Many of our members are involved at the financial level of membership, simply writing a check annually. Without these Financial Members we wouldn’t have the funds needed to give impactful grants.

Financial Members form the bedrock of Women4given’s structure.

2. Activity Membership
Some members are invested a bit more, giving their $365 per year as well as serving on the Program, Membership, or Communications Committees, participating in volunteer activities, or attending quarterly programs. Activity Members become informed about the needs in our community and accordingly give their time to serve agencies that help women and children.

Activity Members are the strong steel beams of which our walls are built, making internal growth and community impact possible.

3. Leader Membership
A number of members contribute to Women4given by leading. Leadership Members join or co-chair the Grants Task Force (which steers the annual grant-awarding process); lead Volunteer, Program, or Membership Committees; or serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors.

Leadership Members have the unique opportunity to work together as a team of architects, designing a giving circle that builds upon bedrock and coordinates steel beams—all to the glory of God.

essence and chrisPlease read the survey and send your response via our Contact Page. Membership Chair Linda Duncan looks forward to your response. We appreciate your taking the time to “declare a major” this season!

From volunteer activities to the Program Committee to Chaplain to Chair of Communications (and many more opportunities), there’s a place in Women4given just for you.

From Generation to Generation

From Generation to Generation

In our first five years, Women4given has tripled – from 17 to 52 members – by the grace of God and word of mouth. You have shared the joy of collective giving with friends, and your friends have brought along other friends.

Our goal for the 2015-2016 grant year is to grow inter-generationally! We invite you to bring along your mother or stepmother, your daughters or granddaughters – in addition to your sisters and friends.

We are excited to announce a special Mother-Daughter Membership this renewal season. For the discounted rate of $600, a current member may add her mother or daughter as a new member of Women4given.* Each woman will enjoy the full rights and privileges of membership, including serving and, of course, voting on grant recipients.

The Mother-Daughter Membership rate is available only this grant year 2015-2016, so be sure to gather your loved ones for the season kick-off at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 22 at Fairview Heights Public Library to take advantage of this $130 discount! Or join now by mail.

marsha and daughters“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” Psalm 145:3-4

*Additional mothers and/or daughters may be added at the discounted rate of $235 each.

-Emily