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100WomenStrong awards $193,700 to 20 local nonprofits

Karen Schaufeld is the founder of 100WomenStrong in Loudoun County. File Photo
100WomenStrong on Wednesday announced grants totaling $193,700 to help 20 area nonprofit organizations initiate, complete or supplement programs in 2017. Grant recipients included:

-All Ages Read Together (AART): $10,000
-Dulles South Food Pantry: $8,000
-EveryMind: $10,000
-Five Stones Institute: $4,500
-Friends of Loudoun Mental Health: $8,400

-Girls on the Run: $1,000
-Head Start Program: $7,800
-HealthWorks: $37,500
-Heeling House: $10,000
-Just Neighbors: $8,000

-Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS): $20,000
-Loudoun Hunger Relief: $5,000
-Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers: $12,500
-Northern Virginia Family Services: $7,500
-Peers and Students Taking Action (PASTA): $1,500

-Ryan Bartel Foundation: $10,000
-SCAN of Northern Virginia: $10,000
-Step Sisters: $7,000
-This is My Brave: $5,000
-Volunteers of America: $10,000

The grant announcements were made at Shoe’s Cup and Cork in Leesburg.

“We strive to give the right grant at the right time to support Loudoun organizations that bridge critical gaps and address urgent needs in our county,” said Karen G. Schaufeld, founder and president. “We want all Loudoun County residents to achieve their full potential, and there are many transformative nonprofits working toward that goal.

“In addition, we have been honored to have the support of organizations, such as SunTrust and Inova Loudoun, which have been instrumental in our county-wide efforts,” Schaufeld continued. “Both support our Community School Initiative at Sterling Elementary, which is a long-term initiative grant designed to create greater support for children and families there. Our other long-term initiative grant – the LCPS Backpack Coalition – has grown since its inception and now serves more students at 24 schools, 19 Head Start programs and the Paxton Campus.”

Since its inception, 100WomenStrong has donated more than $1.3 million to Loudoun County nonprofits to support transformational change in the areas of shelter, health, hunger and education.

In addition to its ongoing support of long-term impact grants, 100WomenStrong’s 2017 grant recipients include several groups addressing emerging needs, such as awareness and support for mental health issues, in our county.

“We are taking a two-fold approach by supporting programs that address current mental health issues and the unfortunate rise of teen suicides in Loudoun County and those that offer strategies and coping skills to intervene before issues become crises,” Schaufeld said.

Members of 100WomenStrong connect and collaborate to leverage their philanthropic resources as a donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.

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