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Groups get grants from Women's Giving Circle

June 12, 2007

The Women's Giving Circle of the Community Foundation of Washington County, Md. Inc. awarded its 2007 grants on June 5 in a brief ceremony at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

The Giving Circle provides an opportunity for donors to create, promote and support programs that improve the quality of life for women and families in Washington County. Its vision is to continue to grow an endowment fund that will award grants to support innovative programs that address issues facing women and families in Washington County.

In this, its third cycle of grant making, the Women's Giving Circle announced the following awards:

· Community Foundation of Washington County, Md. Inc. - $2,086.11

These funds were allocated to the unrestricted grants awarded by the Community Foundation, specifically to support the programs relevant to its mission. This award allowed the Community Foundation to meet nearly $70,000 in grant requests to nonprofits in Washington County, with programs addressing the needs of at-risk school-aged youth, specifically those that address prevention in the areas of child abuse, neglect, gang activity, teen pregnancy, programs supporting education related to the risks of and prevention of substance abuse, and programs directed toward assisting the older population to maintain independence and support their activities of daily living.

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· Girls Inc. - $1,000

Funds will help present "Magic Within: Discovering How to Make Your Dreams Come True," a program designed to engage girls in exploring their hopes and dreams, and exploring ways to make them a reality through realistic goal-setting.

· Antietam Health-care Foundation - $1,000

This grant will fund nine one-hour behavioral health classes for 22 high-risk women participating in a program to reduce obesity, and to improve physical and emotional well-being.

· San Mar Children's Home - $1,000

This grant sponsors one Washington County girl to attend a wilderness adventure program designed to build problem-solving skills, self-esteem and to test physical stamina.

For information about becoming involved with the Women's Giving Circle, contact the Community Foundation of Washington County, Md. Inc. at 301-745-5210 or via e-mail at womensgiving@cfwcmd.org.

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