HCWF announces grants recipients

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Article Published: Jul. 25, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 25, 2013
HCWF announces grants recipients

The High Country Women’s Fund has announced $59,000 in grants this year for 10 area agencies to support women and children in need.

“In Watauga and Avery counties, there are over 15,000 women and children living in poverty,” Becka Saunders, allocations chairwoman for HCWF, said. “HCWF aims to help other women move toward self-sufficiency by connecting them with local resources.

“Our funding is focused on programs that provide child care, education, prevention, housing, transportation and personal needs. Programs can range from providing child care for some women to achieve a GED and scholarships to The Children’s Playhouse to transitional housing for women in a violent situation.”

The 10 agencies that have been allocated funding are: The Children’s Council, The Children’s Playhouse, Community Care Clinic, Daymark Recovery Services, Hospitality House of Boone, Mountain Alliance, New Opportunities School for Women, OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter) Inc., WAMY (Watauga, Avery, Mitchell and Yancey) Community Action and WeCAN (Watauga Crisis Assistance Network).

Since its founding in 2006, HCWF has raised and distributed more than $450,000 in funds to women and their families in Watauga and Avery counties.

The major fundraisers for 2013 include the Power of the Purse luncheon, held on June 14, and the upcoming Croquet for a Cause on Aug. 11 and Holiday Shopping Spree Nov. 9 to 10.
The HCWF is an initiative of the High Country United Way.

For more information on the High Country Women’s Fund, visit http://www.hcwf.org.

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