The Elk County charitable organization “Women Who Care” (WWC) is holding a membership drive. Women Who Care was established in 2009 with nine charter members who had the idea of establishing a philanthropic giving circle. Charter member Paula Fritz Eddy describes the organization as a “giving circle that was established to provide a vehicle for nonprofit organizations to apply for funds to strengthen the quality of life for families in our local community.”
“The organization is a project of the Elk County Community Foundation, who provides administrative support for the group,” said Eddy, who also serves as the executive director of the foundation. “To date, the group has given $27,000 to local charities since its inception in just two granting cycles.”
The mission of WWC is to educate, encourage and expand the number of women committed to philanthropy in order to strengthen local communities by providing funds and assistance to issues that are important to families. The pooled funds through WWC supply the initial investment for projects that are selected in Elk County. To date, WWC has 105 members, and Eddy said the organization is holding a holiday “Donor Advisor for a Day“ membership drive for the coming year’s granting cycle.
This year, an additional $400 in granting money is available, and the Women Who Care Steering Committee is using those funds as an incentive for new and renewing members: All paid memberships by Dec. 20 for the 2012 calendar year will be entered into a drawing to be a “Donor Advisor for a Day," and the winners will be able to give their favorite charities a special holiday donation.
“One new member and one renewing member will be chosen randomly and will have a $200 donation to give to their favorite non-profit/501c3,” Eddy said.
Eddy said new members are welcome and are important to the organization’s growth.
“The more membership money we have, the more grant money we can give out to our community,” Eddy said.
An application form is available on the Elk County Community Foundation’s website at www.elkcountyfoundation.com  by clicking on the Women Who Care tab on the right side next to the news releases. Forms may also be obtained by stopping in at the office at 111 Erie Avenue in St. Marys. For more information, contact Eddy at 834-2125.
Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.