GWC Grant Writing Workshop, October 15, 2018, “Grant Writing 101”

GWC’s Grants Review & Awards Committee held a workshop entitled “Grant Writing 101” that was open to the community and welcomed 31 attendees. The workshop was developed by GWC Members Wendi Andrews, Sandra McMullen, and Kathy Emily, and included a panel of four local funders: Selynto Anderson (Self Regional Hospital Foundation), Marisel Losa, (United Way), Mamie Nicholson (Self Family Foundation) and Mary Woodiwiss (Greenwood County Community Foundation). Attendees learned about principles and practical steps for writing effective grant proposals to assist them in seeking funding through GWC grants or other sources.

GWC Fall Social, October 1, 2018, “A Farm Drop-In”

On Monday, October 1, GWC enjoyed a very special Fall Social, “A Farm Drop-In”. About 50 GWC Members and 15 guests gathered in the early autumn twilight at the farm of GWC Member, Catherine DiBenedetto. The evening was an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other in a relaxed and beautiful setting. Attendees enjoyed a delicious assortment of appetizers and desserts brought to the gathering by member participants. There was no agenda or program, just a couple of lovely hours of good food and drink, interesting conversation, and the company of new and longtime friends.

GWC 3rd Quarterly Meeting, August 28, 2018 at Church of the Resurrection

Greenwood Women Care conducted our 3rd Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, August 28th, at the Church of the Resurrection.  Approximately 60 members and guests enjoyed a reception along with an inspirational and informative agenda.

Sara Kummer welcomed us to the Church of the Resurrection and Rhonda Merritt introduced our program speakers. (Sara and Rhonda serve on GWC’s Programs and Education Committee.) Stephen Gilbert, Executive Director of the Greenwood Community Theatre (GCT), shared with us the impetus for establishing The Penguin Project at GCT. The Penguin Project is a nationwide program that engages actors with special needs and peer mentors in a full-length theatre production.  GCT is the only site offering The Penguin Project in the state, and one of the first in this region. Stephen then introduced Lacy Gunter, the mother of last year’s youngest Penguin, who described the positive impact The Penguin Project has had on her daughter, their family, and the local special needs community.

We then turned our attention to the GWC Grants Review and Awards Committee.  Trish Hartung described the work of the Grants Committee over the past months, resulting in GWC grant guidelines, grant application form, and review and voting processes.  Laura Bachinski discussed our grant application and Nadine Gilchrist informed GWC members about materials that will assist us in our voting process in February. Mary Woodiwiss, convener of the Grants Committee, fielded questions from members.  Summer Booker, convener of the Membership Committee, concluded the program by thanking our speakers for their presentations and our members and guests for their attendance, reminding us that memberships for 2019 may be renewed between now and December 31st, and encouraging us to continue to spread the good news about GWC.

GWC Charter Member Celebration, April 30, 2018 at Wesley Commons

Charter Members shared a special evening social event on Monday, April 30, hosted by Wesley Commons at their new outdoor pavilion. This was a wonderful way for GWC to celebrate the 104 women who have committed to support GWC in our first year of formation.

We enjoyed fine food and drink provided by Wesley Commons and were treated to several musical performances by Louise Robinson. (RESPECT!) Gay McHugh addressed the group about giving back to one’s home community. Jeff Smith offered comments about the Greenwood County Community Foundation’s support of this initiative, and and Mary Woodiwiss encouraged all to continue to spread the word and extend a warm welcome to others as we build community within GWC and Greenwood County.

We are grateful to Wesley Commons for hosting us for a landmark, memorable evening!

GWC Inaugural Quarterly Meeting, February 20, 2018 at The Museum

It was exciting to see so many women at our first Greenwood Women Care Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, February 20, at The Museum! We enjoyed a lively reception and informative program. Teresa Goodman (Executive Director, Community Initiatives) spoke about nonprofit social services and motivations for community service and Anne Craig (Executive Director, Arts Council of Greenwood County) informed us about opportunities for involvement in arts and culture in Greenwood County. Megha Lal and Mary Woodiwiss (GWC Steering Committee members) addressed the gathering about the values, impetus, and structure of this initiative.

Approximately 90 women attended, numbered evenly among guests and members. Since this first GWC community meeting, many of our guests have joined GWC!

The Community Foundation Grants for the Good of Greenwood

The Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) recently awarded $26,000 in grants to ten nonprofit organizations in Greenwood County in its Youth & Education granting cycle. Recipients are Alston Wilkes Society, Bowers-Rodgers Children’s Home, Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Community Initiatives, Greenwood Family Y, Healthy Learners, A Place for Us, La Puerta de Esperanza, SC Governors’ School of Science and Mathematics, and the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties. All funding awards will support programs and projects that directly benefit residents of Greenwood County.

A diverse committee of community members reviews GCCF grant applications and funding determinations are finalized by the GCCF Board of Directors.

Applications for the GCCF Community Enhancement grant cycle will be received during the month of June, with awards to be given in August.

Since its founding in 2012, GCCF has awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.

This announcement was published in the Index-Journal on 5.2.2017.

2016 Open Granting Cycle Grant Awards Announced

The Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) awarded grants to nine nonprofit organizations in Greenwood County in their recent Open Granting cycle. Recipients are: Aviation Expo, Beyond Abuse, Community Initiatives, Greater Greenwood United Ministries, Meg’s House, The Museum, Ninety Six National Historic Site, Salvation Army, and the SC Festival of Flowers.

In 2016 alone, 21 area nonprofits have received a combined $115,425 in grants from the Foundation’s Community Impact Grants. Donor Advised and Designated Funds held by GCCF account for substantial support of many area nonprofits as well. These contributions totaled nearly $260,000 this year.

In its five year granting history, GCCF has allocated more than $2.5 million in grants, primarily for projects and programs in Greenwood County.

Andrews Family Moves into First House Built By Lander Chapter of Habitat for Humanity

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Christmas came early for Wendi Andrews and her children, Miracle and Chance, when they were handed the keys to the first house built by the Lander University chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Andrews, speaking during the Sunday, Dec. 11, dedication service, called the opportunity to own her own home “a dream come true.”

Posing on the front porch of the house, located in Kirksey Forest subdivision, are, from left, Sonny Nodine, residence life coordinator at Lander; Erin Garland, coordinator of Registered Student Organizations at Lander and adviser of the Lander chapter of Habitat for Humanity; Andy Benoit, Lander vice president for Enrollment and Access Management; Miracle Andrews; Chase Andrews; Mary Woodiwiss, grants administrator for Greenwood County Community Foundation; Wendi Andrews; and Chad Charles, executive director of the Greenwood-Abbeville chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

GCT receives grant from GCCF

This originally appeared in the Index-Journal.

From left are Jeff Smith, GCCF president; Angela Scott, GCT box office manager; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF projects and grants manager; and Stephen Gilbert, GCT executive director.

The Greenwood Community Theatre received a $5,000 grant from the Greenwood County Community Foundation to establish a theater program for special needs children, based on the model developed by a national organization, The Penguin Project. GCT is collaborating locally with, among others, the Burton Center and Project Hope Foundation, to develop this program. The first production of this program is slated for September 2017.