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Women In Philanthropy Grants Awarded

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In an economy where non-profits are struggling to survive, several CSRA agencies were celebrating Friday night!

The formula for success here is women empowering women: grant money raised by women, dispersed to groups providing services for women and children.

The BIG announcement came at Friday's 5th annual meeting of Women In Philanthropy...

Seven area non-profits will be able to continue programs through the generosity of Women In Philanthropy for the CSRA, including the Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care.

The adult daycare program received a check for $8,000 today.

Board president Jan Wiggins says the money will be used to help ensure services for seniors who are unable to pay the minimal rates.

"There's art therapy and pet therapy and music therapy, which they so enjoy. And also there's different range-of-motion exercises they participate in throughout the day as well as different cognitive games and reminiscent games, that way."

Family Promise of Augusta, formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network, was awarded $20,000 to help families transition from homelessness to independence.

A collaboration between Safe Homes and Rape Crisis to provide free counseling, and Christ Community Health Services were each given $25,000.

Ron Skenes is with CCHS.

"Oh, this is incredible, this will allow us to take care of between 140-150 people over the course of the next year."

Smaller projects were funded, too... like the Women's Job Skills Training Program at Augusta's Salvation Army. Della Epps says her $7800 grant will go a long way toward helping women get the skills they need to join the workforce.

"It's a 3-month free-tuition program and the women are able to come in, in a supportive environment, and learn computer skills, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, learn how to type, resume building, interviewing..."

Other groups sharing the $100,800 grant money include the Rachel Longstreet Foundation and Heritage Academy.

Linda Tucciarone is the executive director.

"We are so grateful to Women In Philanthropy not only for the support, but for the obvious care they have for women and children in this community."

Since 2009, Women in Philanthropy has awarded more than $410,000 in grants to programs that serve women and children in Aiken, Burke, McDuffie, Columbia and Richmond Counties.

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