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GCCF Announces Open Granting Awards, December 2022

GCCF Announces Open Granting Awards, December 2022

Greenwood County Community Foundation GCCF awarded a total of $31,250 to ten local nonprofit organizations in our 2022 Open Granting cycle.

Grant recipients are:

Alston Wilkes Society — support services for former offenders

American Red Cross-Upstate SC Chapter — disaster services after house fires

BSA – Blue Ridge Council  — summer camp scholarships

Faith Home  — spiritual counseling for residential treatment program

GLEAMNS – Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site  — Mays Scholar Program

Greater Greenwood United Ministry — eye care program

Greenwood Cancer Fund — financial support for those diagnosed with cancer

Greenwood Performing Arts — outreach program

New Morning — access to contraceptive services

Salvation Army — food pantry

Congratulations to each grant recipient organization! Thank you for the ways you enrich our community!

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GWC 2022 Highlights, December 2022

GWC Highlights 2022

January 18, 2022   BYOF Social, “Bring Your Own Friend”, held at The Greenwood Building, hosted by the Social Committee

February 10, 2022   New Members Soup Supper for new 2022 Members held at the home of Nina Trent to welcome our 13 (now 18!) new members, hosted by the Membership Committee

February 22, 2022   GWC Quarterly Meeting, “Going for the Gold! Academics-Arts-Athletics”, held at Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lakelands Starz 24 Teen Center and featuring a reception and presentations by Phoenix Academy of Arts, directed by Pacquitta Coleman; Jamar Crawford (Founder), Tyra Murray (Volunteer), and Titus Williams (Executive Director), Next Level Lifestyles; and Sabrina Miller (Executive Director), Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lakelands, hosted by the Programs & Education Committee and Social Committee

March 15, 2022   GWC Annual Meeting, “Celebrating All Things GWC!”, held at Greenwood Community Theatre and Federal Building courtyard and featuring a reception and fun and games, door prizes, member testimonials, and a video presentation of “A Year to Celebrate” produced by Lesley Lane of our Tech Team, hosted by the Advisory Board and Social Committee

March 25, 2022   GWC workshop session, “Learn, Give, Grow – Connecting with your Community Through Women’s Collective Giving”, at Women’s Leadership Upstate Conference by Edris Louise Robinson and Mary Woodiwiss, GWC Advisory Board Members

May 16, 2022   GWC Quarterly Meeting, “World Class Care at Home”, held at Self Regional Healthcare Cancer Center and featuring a reception and a presentation by Julie McDade (Director of Cancer Services), Self Regional Cancer Center, hosted by the Programs & Education Committee and Social Committee

July 12 and 14, 2022   Information sessions for prospective GWC Grant applicants held by the Grants Review & Awards Committee

July 26, 2022   Grant Writing 101 workshop presented by the Grants Review & Awards Committee for 20 participants from local nonprofits, held at West Side Baptist Church

August 23, 2022   GWC Quarterly Meeting, “Celebrating Collective Giving” held at Church of the
Resurrection and featuring a reception and our 2021 GWC Grant recipients, including the premiere of a video produced by our Tech Team highlighting our grantees’ funded programs and projects, hosted by the Grants Review & Awards Committee and Social Committee

August 1 – 31, 2022   GWC 2022 Grant Applications received

September 20, 2022   Fall Social, “A Potluck Party”, held at Cindy Leary’s farm, hosted by the Social Committee

October 17, 2022   “Kick Off the Vote!” informational social for Members held at Harley Family Center, hosted by the Grants Review & Awards Committee and Social Committee

October 17 – 19, 2022   Member voting on 2022 grant requests – ranked voting online

October 25, 2022 GWC   2022 Grants Announced! $56,800 awarded to 11 local nonprofit organizations

November 14, 2022   GWC Quarterly Meeting, “Help to Healing”, held at Destiny of Greenwood and featuring a reception and presentations by: Teresa Roy, (Director of Community Outreach), Cornerstone; and Kimberly Ready (Executive Director and Co-Founder), Oaks Recovery, hosted by the Programs & Education Committee and Social Committee

December 31, 2022   GWC 2023 renewal due date

GWC Quarterly Meeting, “Help to Healing”, at Destiny of Greenwood, November 14, 2022

Greenwood Women Care’s final Quarterly Meeting of 2022 was held at Destiny of Greenwood on Parkway.

As our members and guests fellowshipped with each other and marveled at the beautifully decorated large meeting room provided by the hosts, they sampled the delicious spread of fresh fruit, Mediterranean delights of kalamata olives, feta cheese, mini pita breads, and yummy hummus, as well as scrumptious desserts. And the beverages included a refreshing apple punch chilled with an ice ring of fruit, fruit infused water, and hot coffee, all provided by our Social Committee.

At approximately 6:00 pm, Mamie Nicholson opened our program and introduced the meeting venue’s hosts, Angela Christopher and Thelma Christopher. Angela thanked everyone for coming. She also shared with everyone the mission of Destiny of Greenwood that primarily feeds those who are struggling with food insecurity in Greenwood and the surrounding areas. Thelma shared an invitation to Destiny’s upcoming holiday fundraising event.

Carol Scales introduced the first speaker for the evening, Teresa Roy, Director of Community Outreach of Cornerstone. Cornerstone services Greenwood, Edgefield, McCormick, and Abbeville counties. This organization, founded in 1973, seeks to reduce the negative health, social, and economic consequences of substance use disorder. Teresa began her presentation by asking, “What does substance use disorder look like?”. The surprising answer was that at least 70% of those who have this disorder may appear “normal” and be successful in most areas of life. She highlighted the variety of prevention services, treatment services, and employee assistance programs that Cornerstone provides. She also stated that Cornerstone is a community distributor for NARCAN, a nasal spray to counteract opioid overdose.

Laura Padgett introduced our next speaker, Kimberly Ready of Oaks Recovery and Willow House. Kimberly and  and her husband, Brian Ready, founded Oaks Recovery for men in 2015 for men and in 2021, opened Willow House for women. She shared that she grew up in a home with a parent that struggled with addiction. Kimberly noted that her organization has multiple local and national affiliations and partners, and that programs at both locations include one-on-one recovery coaching, staff on duty 24/7, the twelve-step recovery program, connection through peer-driven models, and more. She encouraged us to follow them on Facebook and suggested multiple ways that interested supporters may get involved.

Lisa Smith presented each speaker with a book purchased locally at McCaslan’s Book Store and that will be donated to Greenwood County Library in their honor. To Kimberly Ready of Oaks Recovery and Willow House, she presented The Year We Learned to Fly by Jacqueline Woodson. To Teresa Roy of Cornerstone, she presented A Head Full of Birds by Alexandra Garibal and Sibylle Delacroix.

Laura Bachinski, Vice Chair of the Advisory Board, thanked the presenters and shared how honored we all felt to hear them speak about their incredible programs. She then spoke of ways our members can “Help Greenwood Women Care Grow!”. Laura encouraged us to not just think about GWC when it is time for another meeting, but to remember the value of what we just experienced and consider how each of us can best share the richness of GWC with someone new. She asked us to think of a woman friend, relative, colleague, community leader, or church member that they felt would enjoy being part of our community of collective giving. Laura noted that a few members have donated gift memberships to enable other women to participate, and some employers cover the membership contribution for their employee. But just as many gift memberships have been provided by nonmembers who support GWCs mission. Laura challenged those who can to enlarge our circle by providing a full or ½ gift membership in 2023.

Mary Woodiwiss, Chair of the Advisory Board, thanked our hosts for welcoming us to this venue and our presenters for their steady, critical work and for reminding us that there is hope for our loved ones and those is our community who struggle with substance abuse disorder. She expressed gratitude to the Programs and Education Committee for another informative evening and the Social Committee for their lovely refreshments and welcomed our guests. But before closing the meeting, she did a fun question and answer session (“GWC 101”) with members about their knowledge of who may become a member (any interested woman!) , the number of guests they could bring (unlimited!), how many times guests may come as guests (unlimited!), and other basics about participation in GWC. Mary wished us all a peaceful holiday season until we meet again in 2023.

GWC 2022 Grant Awards Announced!, October 24, 2022

Greenwood Women Care is pleased to announce our 2022 GWC Grant Awards! Our collective funds received through annual membership and other designated contributions enabled GWC to disburse $56,800 total in grant funding for eleven nonprofits serving residents of Greenwood County. In our four years of offering GWC Grants, we have made 41 grants of $1000 to $10,000, totaling nearly $260,00!

Grant recipients were determined by ranked voting by our Members from October 17-19. Our Grants Review & Awards Committee gathered information obtained from the platform used for our online ballots. Using raw scores, weighted averages, and percentile rankings based on the total amount available to grant, the Committee evaluated the data and determined the number of projects to be funded and the amount of each grant.

Special thanks to the Grants Review & Awards Committee for all your efforts to: create a grant writing workshop, publicize this granting opportunity to local nonprofits, process applications, present information on grant requests to Members to help us make informed voting decisions, explain our voting process, determine awards based on our votes, deliver our 2022 GWC Grants checks to the recipients, and manage all the other aspects of this core activity of GWC!

GWC 2022 Grants were awarded to:

Greenwood Pathway House   $10,000 for Pathway Village (cottages for homeless families)

 Food Bank of Greenwood County   $8,500 for Program teaching families about diet, nutrition, cooking techniques, and health

Healthy Learners   $8,000 for Staffing and transportation of low-income children to health providers

Greenwood Cancer Fund   $5,000 for Assistance for Greenwood County residents diagnosed with cancer

Next Level Lifestyles   $5,000 for Youth mentoring program building character through athletics, fitness, & nutrition education

Alston Wilkes Society   $4,300 for Reintegration program for offenders, former offenders, and homeless populations

Crossroads Pregnancy Center   $4,000 for Counseling and parenting education for coping with an unplanned pregnancy

Greenwood Performing Arts   $3,000 for Art therapy for nursing home residents, “Blues School” for youth, and Nutcracker Tea Party for children

The Period Project   $3000 for Menstrual supplies and medically accurate health information for students, low-income, or homeless women

Humane Society of Greenwood   $3,000 for Heartworm treatment for shelter dogs

Arts Council of Greenwood   $3,000 for Arts Exhibition and projects celebrating the culture and history of the Gullah Geechee people of SC

Congratulations to our 2022 GWC Grant recipients!

We are grateful for all your excellent efforts to improve the quality of our shared life in Greenwood County!

THANK YOU, GWC Members, for your support of our community!

“Kick Off the Vote!”, at Harley Family Center, October 17, 2022

Our “Kick Off the Vote!” event for our 2022 granting was indeed a celebration: a celebration of our vibrant organization and support of local nonprofits and a celebration of community spirit and giving. We gathered at the Harley Family Center to enjoy each other and a social time that gave us a chance to reconnect. Thank you, Social Committee for once again making everyone feel welcome and providing both delicious snacks and beverages.

Sally Kauffmann of the Grants Review and Awards Committee welcomed each of us in a very unique and joyful way. She serenaded us with lyrics she especially edited for GWC based on Curtis Mayfield’s 1965 release, People Get Ready, followed by a 1978 Sandy Patti song, In Heaven’s Eyes. Sally went on to note that we were all here, happy and enthused, as we share a common bond, the desire to help others in need, and reminded us that we are all in need in different ways. She ended with a modified line from a 1969  hit by The Hollies, “They ain’t heavy, they are our brothers and sisters.”

Mary Woodiwiss addressed “FAQs about Nonprofit Funding” and emphasized nonprofits’ variations in scale, scope, and mission. We realized that although our local nonprofits differ, they all are important and in need of support to conduct their good work. This year, GWC is thrilled to celebrate our largest membership  to date (137 members), and we anticipate bringing our total awards in our first four years of granting to over $250,000 disbursed for the good of our community.

Then we turned to GWC’s voting process. Mary Dula capably led us through the logistics of our online voting and outlined numerous “best practices” when online voting. This year we are excited to consider a wide range of proposals for funding. We were encouraged to rank all applicants in our voting so that the Grants Review and Awards Committee can make funding determinations that clearly and accurately reflect the will of our Members. Debbie Coesens described “What Happens After We Vote?”. She outlined the next steps that the Grants Review and Awards Committee will take to assess the voting data that will direct how many grant awards will be made, and in what amounts.

We ended the evening with time for questions. Several members asked thoughtful questions of the Grants Review and Awards Committee. Mary Woodiwiss announced the formation of a subcommittee to direct the process for our second Women’s Health Grant in spring 2023 and encouraged any member interested in participating to contact Jan Puzar. This grant is made biennially to one organization and funding comes from an endowed fund held by Greenwood County Community Foundation for which GWC has been designated to make granting advisements. Mary closed the evening by thanking us all for our contributions to the GWC Granting Fund through our annual memberships and through additional gifts to this fund that make our substantial support of local nonprofit work possible.

GWC attempts to be good stewards in our giving and this time together inspired us to continue to give generously. We are very proud of the nonprofits, their leaders and staff and are grateful that we can have a part in supporting their daily efforts. We left as a band of sisters who do indeed care and give to express that care in our home community.

GWC Debuts Ms. Carey Givings, September 27, 2022

Ms. Carey Givings, our GWC scarecrow, LIVES! She is on display in Uptown Greenwood as part of this year’s Annual Scarecrow Contest.

If you have a chance, please pay Carey a visit, and consider honoring her (and GWC) by your favorite scarecrow vote. Online voting will take place on Facebook and Instagram at “#uptownscarecrows” beginning on October 3 to October 31. She guards Lamp Post 33 by Uptown Family Practice.

The GWC scarecrow is a GWC Communication Committee project initiated by Rachel Strayer. The decision to name our scarecrow Ms. Carey Givings was a nail biter. The Communications Committee vote resulted in a tie, so we took it to the Executive Committee and finally, our GWC scarecrow had a name.

Early in the process, Debra Coleman supplied her fetching outfit, complete with blue stiletto heels! Catherine DiBenedetto created her frame and offered her farm for the padding, dressing, and “strawing” of the lovely Ms. Givings. On Monday, September 26, Communications Committee members Sandy McCord, Rachel Strayer, and Laura Stowe joined Catherine for a lovely evening of scarecrow creation on Catherine’s farm, fueled by snacks and beverages provided by Laura. Sandy applied the last finishing touch, her expertly painted lips!

On Tuesday, September 27th, the quartet met again to install Carey in her assigned spot and Rachel completed the process by adding the GWC informational sign she designed and created to inform Greenwood about the mission of GWC.

We hope Ms. Carey Givings will be our Uptown ambassador, encouraging many other women to join us in GWC as we care for Greenwood and give for the benefit of our whole community!

GWC Social, “A Potluck Party”, at the Leary Farm, September 20, 2022

On Tuesday, September 20, Greenwood Women Care celebrated fall with a social gathering for Members and guests at the Leary Farm in Ninety Six. It was a refreshing occasion of fresh air, fellowship, food, and new and familiar friends. Members brought savory and sweet treats and our Social Committee provided marinated shrimp, meatballs in a barbecue-based sauce, and liquid refreshments. These contributions made for an overflowing array of culinary deliciousness!

On this beautiful evening, members enjoyed our host’s cabin, where food and drink were served, and farm which included an adorable chocolate colored potbelly pig (who greeted some attendees as they arrived), goats, roosters, chickens, and four well-behaved dogs, including Bear and Bandit.

Holley Coyle and Courtney Christensen, Social Committee Co-Chairs, welcomed everyone to the party. Our new GWC book donation drive was announced, inviting members to make a voluntary contribution of $20/book to purchase high-quality picture books for the Greenwood County Library Children’s Collection. These will be purchased locally and to be given in honor of our 2023-2024 program speakers.

A big thank you to Cindy Leary for sharing her farm and to all the members and guests who attended our Potluck Party!

GWC Quarterly Meeting, “Celebrating Collective Giving”, at Church of the Resurrection, August 23, 2022

On Tuesday, August 23rd, GWC members and many guests met to celebrate collective giving and recognize the incredible work of our 2021 GWC Grants recipients in Greenwood County. It was a joyous meeting as GWC members and guests reunited with old and new friends at the Church of the Resurrection.

The Social Committee arranged yet another lovely repast and beautiful floral arrangements were provided by Carolyn Fish from her garden. Delicious vegetarian croissants, mini meat sandwiches, cheese, fruit, and crackers along with a delicious array of desserts were enjoyed along with wine and citrus punch.

Representatives of the twelve organizations that received 2021 GWC Grants shared conversations and print materials with attendees during the reception.

In the program portion, Mary Woodiwiss, Chair of GWC’s Advisory Board, welcomed GWC members, guests, and our honored grantees. She noted that Greenwood nonprofits are addressing critical needs and enhancing the lives of many in our community. Mary remarked, “funding doesn’t cover everything, but it can keep doors open, retain staff, improve facilities, give ‘lift’ to an existing program, or help to establish a new one.” She offered a lovely preview of our grants video by briefly recounting the impact of the varied projects and programs funded by our 2021 Grants. Mary closed with thoughts about collective giving, reminding us that our individual contributions are transformed to become grants of $1,000, or $5,000 or $10,000, “collective granting which enables local organizations not only to work more effectively, but also to envision an even more healthy and whole community for all of us.” Mary then introduced the Rev. Mary Balfour Dunlap, who graciously welcomed us to the Church of the Resurrection.

Debbie Coesens, of the Grants Review & Awards Committee, introduced Stephanie Turner, member of the Communications Committee. Stephanie shared her love of GWC and reasons for joining with a moving testimony. She noted several rewarding returns of being a member, including learning more about our local nonprofits, meeting women from throughout our community who share a common goal to make Greenwood a better place for all our residents, and becoming a stakeholder in numerous nonprofits through GWC granting.

Trentsie Williams, Grants Review & Awards Committee member, introduced the GWC 2021 Grants video which highlights the twelve grant recipient organizations and their funded projects and programs. Trentsie thanked our Tech Team, headed by Lesley Lane, for the creativity and hard work they invested in producing the video. Collective funds received through annual memberships and other designated contributions enabled GWC to disburse $78,449 total in our 2021 Grants. In three years of granting, GWC is proud to have awarded more than $200,000 in 30 grants.

Kathy Emily presented our grantees with sugar cookies designed especially for GWC by Charity Martin of Sweet Indulgence. Margaret Conrad displayed The Honeybee, the book to be donated by GWC to the Greenwood County Library Children’s Collection in honor of our grantees.

Catherine DiBenedetto, Co-Chair of the Communications Committee, announced that our Advisory Board is accepting nominations of active GWC members to be considered to join the Advisory Board and invited all current members to submit names to her after the meeting or by email to gwc@greenwoodcf.org. Catherine also highlighted our upcoming events.

Jan Puzar, Co-Chair of the Grants Review & Awards Committee, closed the meeting by thanking the GWC 2021 Grant recipient organizations for their excellent work in our community. Jan also thanked the following:

  • Grants Review & Awards Committee for our program tonight.
  • Social Committee, headed by Laura Bachinski and Holley Coyle, for providing us with a delightful reception.
  • GWC Tech Team, headed by Lesley Lane, for preparing this fabulous video celebrating our 2021 grantees.
  • Church of the Resurrection for hosting us in this beautiful facility.

To view our 2021 GWC Grants video please click on this link:


GCCF Announces Community Enhancement Grants, August 2022

Greenwood County Community Foundation GCCF awarded a total of $26,465 to six local nonprofit organizations in our 2022 Community Enhancement granting cycle.

Grant recipients are:

Arts Center of Greenwood  — “Local Look” exhibit and artists workshop series

Greenwood Pathway House  — laptops for Homeless to Career program

Humane Society of Greenwood  — free dog vaccination and microchip clinic

The Museum and Railroad Historical Center  — Train station exhibit

PlaySafe — athletic training services for Greenwood High School and Emerald High School

Tranquility Point Retreat  — handicap ramp for retreat

Thank you for your service in our community! We congratulate each of these excellent organizations!

GWC Grant Writing Workshop, “Grant Writing 101”, July 26, 2022

GWC hosted our annual workshop, “Grant Writing 101”, on Tuesday, July 26. The workshop was offered at no charge to 20 registrants from local nonprofit staff and volunteers. West Side Baptist Church generously provided the meeting space.

Christopher Timmons, Associate Pastor of West Side Baptist Church, warmly welcomed all workshop participants and presenters. Mary Woodiwiss, Chair of GWC’s Advisory Board and member of the Grants Review & Awards Committee, extended GWC’s welcome and made introductory announcements.

Workshop sessions were conducted by Jan Puzar, Kathy Emily, and Donna Foster, GWC Members who are professionals in program direction, grant writing, and assessment. These presentations included discussion of a homework assignment to help participants focus on their organization’s funding priorities, writing an effective grant proposal, and outcome measures for assessment of a program or project.

Following the three workshop sessions, we enjoyed a break for coffee and bagels.

The workshop also featured a Funders Forum comprised of representatives of local granting organizations. Each spoke about the granting process, funding priorities, and other aspects of their grantmaking as well as responding to workshop participants’’ questions. Presenters were: Selynto Anderson, Self Regional Community Health; Mamie Nicholson, Self Family Foundation; Sally Kauffmann, Greenwood Women Care; and Mary Woodiwiss, Greenwood County Community Foundation.

This training provided attendees with fundamentals for improving their grant application practices, whether for GWC Grants or requests made of other local or external funders. GWC’s Grants Review & Awards Committee believes that Grant Writing 101 is a valuable way to be of service to our local nonprofits as they carry out their missions for the benefit of our whole community.