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Women’s Giving Circle of Wheeling Grant Awards


Representing agencies receiving Women’s Giving Circle’s grants Tuesday are, from left, Laura Ondeck and Jackie Shia, Challenger Learning Center; Kelly Clutter and Kathie Brown, Wheeling Health Right; Tricia Flanigan, YWCA Wheeling; Micah Underwood, Oglebay Institute; Heather Lapp, YWCA Wheeling; Lisa Badia, Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless; Peggy Hickenbottom, National Church Residences of Barnesville; Jordan Harris, Coalition for the Homeless; Libby Strong, SMART Center; Lea Ridenhour, Women’s Giving Circle president; Kathryn Kelly, Oglebay Foundation, and Betsy Bethel-McFarland, Youth Services System. Photo by Linda Comins.


The Women’s Giving Circle on Tuesday presented grants totaling $41,950 to 11 programs designed to empower women and girls in the community.


Ten area organizations received the gifts during a presentation held at Wheeling Jesuit University’s Center for Educational Technologies. The Women’s Giving Circle, an initiative of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, makes strategic, research-based grants supporting projects that serve women and girls.


Lea Ridenhour, president of the Women’s Giving Circle, spoke of “how wonderful it is to be in a community of women who are so generous.”


Receiving grants in this round of funding are National Church Residences of Barnesville, $5,000; Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit, $4,250; Oglebay Foundation, $2,500; Oglebay Institute, $2,500; SMART Center, $2,475; Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless, $5,000; Wheeling Health Right, $5,000; West Virginia Northern Community College Foundation, $2.500; YWCA Wheeling, two grants for $3,475 and $5,000; and Youth Services System, $5,000.


The grant to National Church Residences will be used to transport uninsured women to cancer treatments, said Peggy Hickenbottom, transportation director. Utilization of the service has doubled in the past year, with 79 women now being served, she said.


Source: The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register, Feb. 20, 2019 / Linda Comins, Staff Writer