W.O.W. met Oct. 29 for its annual luncheon to recommend $2,500 in grants to four projects. The program included multiple entertainers, including a skit by two members.
Women of Worth, W.O.W., is a group of local women who donate annually to the W.O.W. funds at the Blackford County Community Foundation. Those funds translate directly into grants for local projects that benefit the women and children of this community.
In order to more directly involve these women in giving to the community, the group meets each fall to review grant applications that have been submitted and then votes on which projects to fund. Since its inception in 2009, W.O.W. has funded almost $30,000 for 38 local projects.
This year W.O.W. recommended funding for the following projects:
- $750 for a workshop for young women at Blackford Junior High School that aims to enhance each girl’s self-image, sense of self-worth, and her relationships and attitudes toward other girls of the same age;
- $500 to purchase Breakout EDU Kits (Virtual reality problem solving kits) for teachers to use in classrooms at Blackford Junior High School;
- $750 to Community and Family Services in order to purchase inventory for the Silver Lining Store, at which parents may spend the coupons they earn from local social service programs, doctors, schools, and libraries to purchase items for their children; and
- $500 to the Montpelier Civic Center to purchase equipment and supplies and to support program operations for a safe after-school program for children ages K-grade 6 at the Center.