Karen Schaufeld

Karen Schaufeld, president and founder of the philanthropic group 100WomenStrong, announces the latest round of grant recipients during a ceremony May 2. 

100WomenStrong, a group of local residents seeking to strategically invest in organizations and programs that enrich Loudoun, is donating $279,550 to more than two dozen area nonprofit organizations to help them initiate, complete or supplement programs in 2018.

Announced Wednesday night, the philanthropic group has now given more than $1.5 million to Loudoun County nonprofits to support transformational change in the areas of shelter, health, hunger and education.

“In December 2008, 12 people passionate about finding ways to improve the quality of life for Loudoun County residents came together to learn the best ways to help make that happen. Almost 10 years later, 40 passionate people continue that mission,” 100WomenStrong Founder and President Karen G. Schaufeld said in a prepared statement. “We strive to grant the right amount to the right nonprofit at the right time. We will not rest until all residents of our county achieve their full potential as active, contributing members of our community. We encourage all those who are inspired by this mission to join us.”

100WomenStrong also provides ongoing support of long-term impact grants, including a Community School Initiative at Sterling Elementary and the Loudoun County Public Schools Backpack Coalition. 100WomenStrong 2018 grant recipients are as follows:

A Farm Less Ordinary - $5,000

-Provides training and employment to adults with special needs, so they can develop a skillset in a food/farm industry

A Place to Be - $35,000

-Expands offerings to include additional music therapist

-Initiates homebound music therapy program

Ability Fitness Center - $8,000

-Purchase a NuStep recumbent cross-trainer

All Ages Read Together - $20,000

-$10,000 to support existing class at Sterling Library

-$10,000 to create inclusive classroom with LCPS Early Childhood Special Education

Catholic Charities - $10,000

-Purchase double door for efficient, safe delivery of food and increase commercial donor base

Children’s Science Center - $2,000

-Expand Family Science Night STEM program to more Title 1 schools in Loudoun County

Dulles South Food Pantry - $10,000

-Construction of a missing sidewalk link and expand hours for part-time operations staff

ECHO - $20,000

-Launch new ECHO Training Academy to teach social skills, money management, etc., in simulation Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES) Lab

EveryMind - $5,000

-Support Loudoun’s Serving Together program, which coordinates resources and improves service navigation to optimize outcomes for veterans, service members and their families

Five Stones Institute - $5,000

-Support partnership program with INMED - mindfulness training for children

Friends of Loudoun Mental Health - $8,400

-Provide 24 months of housing subsidies for A Place to Call Home program to prevent homelessness by allowing people to stay in their homes

Healthworks - $15,000

-Support second year of Maternity Care Coordinator program

INMED - $13,350

-Support summer day camp for low-income elementary school children in Sterling

Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS) - $25,000

-Enhance LAWS’ Legal Services by updating equipment, expanding security systems and engaging expert witnesses

Loudoun Habitat for Humanity - $2,000

-Create reference manuals for classes at the new Homebuyer Education Center

Loudoun Hunger Relief - $12,000

-Purchase a pallet lift for warehouse operations

Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers - $5,000

-Support for food-delivery program

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) - $5,000

-Resiliency-based parenting intervention with Early Head Start families

Northern VA Human Trafficking - $5,000

-Create materials for human trafficking awareness and prevention

Piedmont Environmental Council - $5,000 

-Start volunteer programs at Roundabout Meadows Community Farm to engage residents to grow vegetables and fruits for donation to food-insecure families

Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - $5,000

-Expand parent education initiatives to provide a series of Immigrant Parent Reunification workshops and add a Parenting Wisely Program

Stroke Comeback Center - $7,500

-Conduct small-group communication classes led by speech-language pathologists

The New Ag School - $9,600

-Engage paid administrator for “school without walls” program

The Arc of Loudoun Paxton Campus - $10,000

-Fund A Life Like Yours (ALLY) educational series on disability rights, guidance and support to the estimated 48,300 people in Loudoun County with disabilities, their families, caretakers and the community at large

The Fenwick Foundation - $10,000 

-Fund the Adult Dental Access, Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) program, which is focused on addressing the financial and logistical impediments that keep older adults from getting needed dental care

Windy Hill - $6,700

-Provide 10 laptop computers to underserved youth participating in NetWorks after school program at Blue Ridge Middle School

Women Giving Back - $15,000

-Purchase a LiftNStore Overhead Lift

-Investment in volunteer management software

-Purchase software and office equipment

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I worked for the Schaufeld's many, many years ago. They can only be described as generous, kind and caring. They are true humanitarians!

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