The membership had just over $22,900 to distribute allowing for 12 of the funds to be funded – some in whole and some in part.

The Women’s Community Fund (WCF), a fund managed by Central Kansas Community Foundation, is proud to announce they have given $221,045.43 in grants to local charities since the women’s group started in 2000.

The 2013 tri-chairs, Marilyn Sjogren, Dr. Pamela McCullough, D.D.S., and Jennifer Vogts, actively coordinated the fund for its members. Twelve local charities are receiving grants at the Award Ceremony today.

More than $62,000 in requests were received from 25 local charities. This year the membership had just over $22,900 to distribute allowing for 12 of the funds to be funded – some in whole and some in part. The grants review committee narrowed the field and then the membership made their tough, yet final recommendations on Oct. 24.

Sandi Fruit, executive director of CKCF said, “There is no better local example of the power generated by pooling private philanthropic funds.”

Fruit indicated that 45 women this year alone made it possible to fund the 12 grants. Many of these women have been involved in the WCF since the beginning.

“Seeing them surpass the $220,000 mark is so inspiring,” said Fruit.

As federal, state and local funding streams tighten, looking to our private donorship becomes more and more relevant to the maintaining a strong community.

The recipients of the 2013 WCF are:

• Agape Resource Center – $1,500

Hand Up – To provide food for those in Harvey County that have incomes below the poverty level.

• CASA: A Voice for Children – $700

CASA – To provide operational funding for collecting and editing court reports and recruiting and training new volunteers who work directly with the children in need.

• Harvey County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force, Inc. – $3,000

Families Rebuilding their Lives in our Rural Communities – To support victims and their children of both sexual assault and domestic violence in Harvey County and to help families the Safe House serves to become more self-sufficient, with support and training on financial management, employment skills, continued education resources, parenting tools, and self-awareness.

• Harvey County Homeless Shelter, Inc. – $3,000

Education is KEY! (Keep Empowering Yourself) – To provide monetary funds necessary for tuition and test fees for homeless individuals to obtain their General Education Development (GED) Certificate or High School Diploma.

• HOPE Home Repair, Inc. – $3,000

Home Repairs for Older, Single Woman with Physical Limitations – To replace basement windows, install wider guttering, and steel beams, to stabilize the foundation walls of a low income woman’s home.

• Newton Meals on Wheels, Inc. – $2,976

Newton Meals on Wheels – To provide approximately 600 meals prepared by Newton Medical Center for homebound and/or physically or mentally challenged individuals unable to prepare a balanced nutritious meal for themselves.

• Newton Recreation Commission – $1,000

Girls Room Only – To purchase program supplies needed for 5th - 8th grade girl’s weekly meetings and to fund fee based group activities.

• Peace Connections – $2,940

Circles of Hope – To provide eligible families with training, networking, and social capital while surrounding them with circles of support as they work toward specific goals for transforming their situations.

• St. Matthews Representative Payee – $2,500

Dental Fund – To assist Payee clients with dental costs.

• Trinity Heights Respite Care, Inc. – $1,241

CPR/First Aid Readiness for Care Providers – To purchase specialized equipment for training care providers to practice CPR and First Aid on infants and younger children.

• USD #373 Northridge Elementary School – $424.95

Kindness Curriculum – To provide materials, books, and a 2 credit hour online college course for USD 373 school social worker; students will get lessons and hands-on practice on being kind daily.

• Youthville/EmberHope – $700

Secure Care Refocus Rooms – To transform 2 bare rooms in Youthville's Newton campus Secure Care cottage with murals, carpet, and soft furnishings to provide a safe and comforting refuge for girls ages 10 - 18 coping with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - type episodes.

For questions regarding applications or to become a member of the Women’s Community Fund, please Chancy Gerbitz, program director for CKCF at (316) 283-5474 or by e-mail at