WISE Women awards grants to nonprofits

WISE Women of Blair County awarded $8,700 in grant money to three nonprofit organizations on Jan. 17.

WISE stands for Women Involved in Scholarship and Empowerment.

Funded for the 2018 grant cycle were Family Services Inc., the Gloria Gates Foundation and Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

Family Services Inc. was represented by Ashley Gay Vocco, who received two grants.

Family Services Inc. requested funding to assist in securing documentation for safety, security, learning life skills and self-empowerment, as well as its Domestic Abuse Project/Crime Victim Support program to help empower victims to live independently and help with various fees and expenses for securing their independence.

The Gloria Gates Foundation, represented Toni Bilik-Bennetti, requested a grant for the foundation’s program Girls Summit “Stay True to You,” which is a half-day summit for young girls ages 8 to 12 to instill concepts of self-worth, friendship, empowerment and achievement.

Mount Aloysius College, which was represented by Christina Koren, asked for funding for its eighth annual Pathways to Empowerment for Women workshop.

This workshop is a three-quarter day workshop with speakers and breakout sessions, as well as lunch for women in the community who want to better themselves.

WISE Women of Blair County annually makes available grant funding for organizations who meet the funding criteria.

The next grant applications are due in October.

For more information on the grants and the organization, visit wisewomenofblaircounty.org.