Bonded by Generosity: Local charity focuses on needs of women and children
5/5/2015 12:13 PM
Supplying nutritious weekend meals to disadvantaged school children, fostering self-esteem in adolescent girls and providing counseling services for uninsured women and children are only a few of the local initiatives the Women’s Council of the Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Foundation has supported.
Founded in 2010, the council has issued $81,000 of impact grants to Hays County non-profits that make a difference in the lives of women and children.
“The mission of the Women’s Council is to encourage women to strengthen and invest in our community by promoting programs and services that positively impact women and children right here in our backyard,” said Jerilyn Miller, CTMC Foundation Manager.
The group’s unique fundraising model calls for members to pay $250 in annual dues. Half of the money raised each year is donated to the CTMC Women’s Center to support ongoing initiatives while the other half is granted to qualifying non-profits who apply annually.
The Greater San Marcos Youth Council was a grant recipient in 2014. Executive Director Julia Ramsay New says the funding was used to assist working families get through times of crisis. “We’re here to help local families get through the rough patch,” she said. “And we’re able to do that because organizations like the Women’s Council work hard to make their neighbors’ lives better.”
In addition to seeing their donations make a positive impact locally, members of the Women’s Council enjoy fellowship at the group’s social events throughout the year. For more information about joining the Women's Council or their activities, make plans to attend their annual dinner on Sept. 3. For details, call CTMC Foundation Manager Jerilyn Miller at (512) 753-3687.