Greenwood Women Care Awards 2023 Women’s Health Grant!, April 2023

Greenwood Women Care (GWC) is pleased to announce the recipient of the GWC second biannual Women’s Health Grant. Helping Hands Women’s Organization has received funding to provide bras, inserts, head coverings, post-surgical garments, and wigs for those women who cannot afford them after treatment for cancer.

Debra Moton, Executive Director of Helping Hands Women’s Organization and owner of  Naturally You Boutique, was so surprised, happy, and excited when told her newly formed nonprofit had been granted $6,700 that she hardly knew what to say other than a big thank you and how much the award would help so many in need. Moton went on to express how hard it is for women who need special supplies after a lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy and cannot afford them. The after-effects of these conditions often diminish a woman’s self-esteem and can lead to depression and other emotional stress. Helping Hands Women’s Organization will serve those in financial need to help make them feel whole again. Helping Hands Women’s Organization works closely with The Cancer Center of Self Regional Healthcare to provide these needed services.

Please see the Index Journal article about this award here.

The GWC Women’s Health Grant was first offered in 2021. The grant supports holistic care and health education to improve the physical, mental, or social health and well-being of women in our community. It is funded by a Field of Interest fund endowed by Jim and Denise Medford and held by the Greenwood County Community Foundation. In conclusion of an application process that required a letter of intent followed by a full application with supporting information, the grant award was finalized. The grant will be offered again in 2025.

Members of this year’s GWC Women’s Health subcommittee are: Anne Craig, Alice Hodges, Sally Kauffmann, Marilyn Murphy, Jan Puzar, Karen Smith, Charlene Kish, and Mary Woodiwiss.

Congratulations to our award recipient , Helping Hands Women’s Organization, and all the best to you in your service to women in our community!

Marilyn Murphy, 2023 GWC Women’s Health Subcommittee Chair