Sunday, July 30, marked the latest Women Inspired Network (WIN) meeting, held at the Dickinson House in Oglesby. A summary of the grant applications submitted by local non-profit agencies and selected by the WIN Grant Review Committee to advance to the full membership vote were presented. At the upcoming Sept. 24 meeting, representatives from each of the nominated agencies will make a full grant presentation to the membership. Voting by WIN members will begin Oct. 1, and WIN grant(s) will be awarded at the Celebration of Giving in November.
Grant finalists include the Starved Rock Regional Center, who will use grant dollars to enhance the Illinois Valley Autism Resource Center, providing resources to families living with a child experiencing autism;.
Freedom House, located in Princeton and serving five counties will use grant funds to continue the Youth Empowerment Program, a series of five week-long summer camps for pre-teen boys and girls to improve self-esteem, promote a positive body image, and to teach techniques to prevent bullying.
ADV/SAS provides in-person counseling and advocacy services to victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence in LaSalle and Livingston counties. Grant dollars will be used to establish and outfit a new office at a Mendota location. ADV/SAS has also requested grant money to develop and accelerate an aggressive domestic violence and sexual assault awareness campaign.
The Women Inspired Network is a women’s giving circle established through the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, serving LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam counties. For more information about membership, meetings and grant opportunities, contact SRCCF at 815-252-2906, or locate the WIN pages on Facebook. Everyone is welcome to attend WIN meetings to gather, give and grow.