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In Sixth Round of Funding, the Group Donates $42,555 to Seven Organizations for initiatives ranging from Sober Living Housing Scholarships and Flu Vaccines to PPE and More
Leesburg, Va. (October 21, 2020) – 100WomenStrong has announced its sixth round of funding to help nonprofit organizations that provide services in Loudoun County to meet new and emerging requirements created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this funding round, the group is donating $42,555 to seven nonprofits for urgent needs. These include the purchase of supplies to support distance learning, personal protection and deep cleaning. Other support is for the administration of flu vaccines, the expansion of a free diaper program and the delivery of housing scholarships for those experiencing substance use disorder.
100WomenStrong plans to continue their monthly assessment of requests through the end of 2020 and make distributions, as necessary.
“Area nonprofits must deliver services under new, challenging and changing constraints. There is no possible way they could have budgeted last year for what they have faced this year. For example, organizations that have offered in-person classes and support groups have had to change their delivery model to a virtual one,” said Karen G. Schaufeld, president and founder of 100WomenStrong. “Those that have started offering in-person services must adhere to stringent cleaning protocols that require supplies they may never have anticipated buying, such as PPE. They also must adhere to distancing requirements, which prompts the need for more desks, tables and other equipment.
“Demands such as these likely will continue to grow while, concurrently, no one can predict when things will go back to normal for nonprofits,” Schaufeld continued. “We plan to maintain the level of monitoring we have been conducting since March and offer support where we can.”
The sixth round of grants from 100WomenStrong is going to the following nonprofit organizations:
- The Chris Atwood Foundation – $7,000
- ECHO – $6,500
- Healthworks – $10,000
- Loudoun Literacy Council – $2,255
- Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers – $7,500
- Loudoun Homeless Services Center – $6,300
- Women Giving Back – $3,000
Since the pandemic started, 100WomenStrong has reviewed applications monthly for Loudoun County nonprofits in tremendous need. The group has disbursed 51 grants, totaling more than $403,000, to nonprofit organizations which serve Loudoun County. It also donated $50,000 to create the “Pay it Forward” Direct Assistance loan program (which has generated more than $90,000 in additional donations from the community), and $25,000 worth of PPE to first responders.
Formed in 2008, 100WomenStrong is a group of concerned philanthropists seeking to strategically invest in organizations and programs that enrich the lives of Loudoun County residents. They are committed to improving the quality of life for residents of Loudoun County, Virginia, through strategic grants to non-profits working in the areas of shelter, health, hunger and education. Members of 100WomenStrong connect and collaborate to leverage their philanthropic resources as a component fund of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.
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