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Leesburg, Va. (March 15, 2021) – 100WomenStrong continues to support Loudoun County nonprofit organizations as the COVID-19 pandemic restricts their ability to hold fundraising events for the foreseeable future. In its first-round of 2021 emergency funding, the philanthropic group has announced donations of $52,500 to four organizations that provide service in Loudoun County.
“Like the rest of the county, we are encouraged by the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination but realize that it will be some time before nonprofit organizations will be able to hold the large events that they used to rely on to raise funds,” said Stephanie Place, 100WomenStrong grants chairperson. “They have come up with inventive ways to raise the funds they so desperately need to continue to provide services, and we were honored to help many of them to bridge that gap.”
Details of its first round for this year are as follows:
Adoption-Share – $4,500
- For “Family-Match” software and personal guidance to provide caseworkers and family members a platform to find each other.
The Chris Atwood Foundation – $8,000
- For scholarships for recovery housing for Loudoun residents. (The COVID pandemic has created a 77% increase in overdose deaths in Virginia.)
St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church – $20,000
- For emergency rental assistance
Tree of Life Ministries – $20,000
- For their Relief Fund for rent and utility payments and their Tutoring at the Tree program.
100WomenStrong disbursed 55 grants in 2020 to nonprofit organizations that serve Loudoun County. They also purchased and distributed $25,000 worth of PPE for first responders early in the pandemic and created the “Pay it Forward” Direct Assistance loan program with $50,000, which prompted numerous additional individual and business donations, with Northern Virginia Family Service to help area residents cover basic expenses.
Place said the group plans to continue with COVID funding through the first half of 2021 and will reassess its approach as the COVID vaccine becomes more widely available.
For more information about eligibility requirements and an application for the Pay it Forward Loan Program, visit the Northern Virginia Family Service website here.