Women of Worth

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Believing all women are worthy, W.O.W. strives to combine our gifts and talents to benefit the women and children of Blackford County.

Women of Worth (W.O.W.) is a philanthropic arm of the Foundation formed in 2009 and centered on cultivating and nurturing the spirit of giving among women in this community.  W.O.W. members’ annual donations provide grants to local organizations that are working to benefit the lives of local women and children through education and encouragement.

We can do collectively what we cannot do individually.


W.O.W. has awarded more than $27,000 to 34 local projects that benefited education or families or senior citizens in need.
Explore the wide variety of these programs here.

Speaking of Yesterday
A W.O.W. Bicentennial Legacy Project

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To celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial, Women Of Worth (W.O.W.) has been working on a project called “Speaking of Yesterday.” The project involves interviewing men and women from the community who grew up during the Great Depression era. They have plenty to share about life during the early and middle years of the last century. Blackford High School journalism students and  W.O.W. members conducted 18 interviews in 2016. Many were published in the Blackford High School BruinFormer in the spring. The interviews and accompanying photos have been compiled into a permanently bound book. Copies are available at the at the Blackford County Community Foundation for $5.

The project has been so successful that W.O.W. is continuing to collect stories from Blackford County residents in their 80’s and 90’s. If you have a story to share, bring or send it to the Foundation at 121 N. High Street in Hartford City or email it to foundation@blackfordcounty.org.

Sadie Nickels (left) sits down to interview Mary Margaret Kelsay.