May 10, 2011
CTMC Women's Council Impacts Four Organizations During Inaugural Grant Awards Ceremony
SAN MARCOS, TX – Reaching out to help young children read, helping teen girls become role models, granting ultrasounds and counseling to expecting mothers and providing scholarships for certified nurse aids are the missions of four organizations which benefited from grants awarded by the new Women’s Council of the Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Foundation. The Women’s Council recently presented $8,500 in grants during the First Annual Grant Awards Ceremony on May 3, 2011 at CTMC.
A grant review committee reviewed several proposals submitted for funding consideration. Each committee member scored the proposals independently based on the following criteria: how the program impacts poverty, violence, healthcare or education for women and/or children; feasibility; potential for immediate impact or innovative approach; collaboration among organizations; and sustainability of the program.
The grant review committee awarded funds to the following organizations:
Bluebonnet Lions - $1,000 for the Reach Out and Read program. At each regular checkup from 6 months to 5 years, a child is given a new and age appropriate book by their pediatrician and the family is encouraged to read together. The program hopes to serve 1,500 children next year.
GENaustin - $3,000 for the Programs for Hays County Adolescent Girls. At four middle schools in Hays CISD, the weekly after-school program clubGen, the We Are Girls conference and the Girl Talk workshop series will be implemented. The goals are to decrease growing rates of pregnancy, eating disorders and juvenile delinquency and to increase critical thinking skills, academic performance, peer support and self-sufficiency for adolescent girls.
Central Texas LifeCare - $2,000 for the Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound Program. The program will be expanded to include additional training of Licensed Volunteer Nurses and Registered Ultrasonographers to offer ultrasounds for more clients and purchase additional educational material for patients.
Hands of Hope - $2,500 for the Hands of Hope Scholarship. The scholarships will be presented to disadvantaged women who have completed the Hands of Hope class and need further training to obtain certification as a nurse aid and other similar programs.
In addition to the grants, the Women’s Council will also provide funding for approximately 140 low income women with newborns treated at CTMC Women’s Services to receive a $60 voucher for the purchase of a car seat at WalMart.
”We are delighted at raising $17,000 in one year,” said Lisa Dvorak, Co-Chair of The Women’s Council. “It is an example of how our diverse group of women has committed themselves to making philanthropy accessible by acting as donors and decision makers.”
“The mission of the Council is to encourage women to strengthen and invest in our community by promoting programs and services that positively impact women and children throughout Hays County,” said Pam Couch, Co-Chair of The Women’s Council.
The Women’s Council, which was established in the spring of 2010, is a new philanthropic committee of the CTMC Foundation. Its mission is to encourage women to strengthen and invest in our community by promoting programs and services that benefit women and children. Now 58 women strong, the group is committed to empowering women to serve both as donors and decision makers. The Council has already quadrupled its ranks since the Founders first gathered in late April 2010.
The Women’s Council’s impressive success has spurred its leadership to create a new goal of “100 members by the end of 2011.” For an annual donation of $250, area women can join the Council and begin positively impacting the lives of women and children throughout Hays County. For information about joining the Council, please call the CTMC Foundation office directly at 512-753-3687, or view our Council brochure at www.ctmc.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thewomenscouncil.