San Marcos, TX – Reaching out to help local domestic abuse victims eat fresh, nutritious foods, giving local at-risk women a better future and helping local children overcome their learning disabilities were all recently deemed most worthy efforts by the CTMC Women’s Council. Each of the non-profits that further these programs received a portion of the available $10,000 in grant funding at the Council’s second annual Grants Award ceremony.
Members of the Women’s Council, awarded funds to the following organizations at the May 2 event:
- Hays Caldwell Women’s Center
The Fresh & Nutritious Client Meals Program – $4,036
- San Marcos Housing Authority Resident Services
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program – $4,364
- Reading Heroes
The Moving with Math Learning System Math Curriculum –$1,600
The Women’s Council is a unique fundraising committee of the CTMC Foundation that utilizes member dues to fund its efforts rather than traditional events and activities. The Council was established in 2010 to help create sustaining funding for the CTMC Women’s Center and provide annual impact grants to other non-profits serving women and children in Hays County. The second $10,000 portion of the available funds was allocated for the CTMC Women’s Center to create a new Angel Garden and support services for anyone who experiences the loss of an infant or child. In addition, two new state-of-the-art breast pumps for CTMC’s growing Breast Feeding and Mother Friendly Workplace programs will also be purchased through the Women’s Council funding.
In 2011, the Council awarded its first set of impact grants totaling $17,000 with assistance to Bluebonnet Lions’ Reach Out and Read program; GENaustin’s Programs for Hays County Adolescent Girls; Central Texas LifeCare - Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound Program and Hands of Hope’s Hands of Hope Scholarship program. The CTMC Women’s Center used its funds last year to provide free infant car seats to mothers who delivered at CTMC without the means to buy an appropriate car set.
“With our second year of grants awards now complete, our members are really beginning to see and feel the impact of this simple, giving circle model,” said Clay DeStefano Executive Director of the CTMC Foundation. “We are truly impacting hundreds of local women and children in a very positive way already.”
Now in its third year of operation, the Council has grown to 64 active members. Plans are underway for the Council’s annual meeting and dinner, which will feature Taryn Davis, CNN Heroes 2011 top 10 finalist. Interested potential members are also encouraged to attend the event.
For more information about joining the Women’s Council or their activities, please call the CTMC Foundation office directly at 512-753-3687, or learn more at www.ctmc.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thewomenscouncil.
About Central Texas Medical Center Foundation
The Central Texas Medical Center Foundation was established in 1982. The Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 organization whose purpose is to help raise philanthropic funds for improving programs and services at Central Texas Medical Center.
Central Texas Medical Center Foundation has worked hard to ensure that our hospital has the resources necessary to deliver high quality health care. To date, the Foundation has raised $6.3 million for advanced medical equipment, building projects, renovations and service enhancement.
CTMC is a 178-bed acute-care hospital providing a wide range of complex healthcare services in San Marcos, Texas, and neighboring communities. As part of Adventist Health System, CTMC brings a long tradition of Christian healthcare to San Marcos. Now with 44 hospitals located across the United States, the Adventist Health System is the largest not-for-profit Protestant hospital system in the country.