Women's Leadership Council

 

                 Women's Leadership Council

 

 
 
The Women's Leadership Council (formerly known as the Charles County Woman United In Giving), was created in 2004 under the auspices of the United Way of Charles County.  The group is a network of men and women who solicit, contribute and distribute funds to support the local needs of women and children.  The mission of the initiative is to create a powerful network of individuals who strengthen the Charles County community through a focused investment of their time, talents and treasures, in order to bring about positive change in the lives of women and children in the county.
 
The Women's Leadership Council differs from most charitites in three key ways: there are no administrative fees, 100 percent of the funds go directly to community organizations; anyone donating $500 or more becomes part of the steering committee, the group that reviews requests for funding and decides what grants to fund.  Finally, all donors receive a letter detailing how their contributions were spent. The Women's Leadership Council recognizes that everyone cannot make donations of $500 and welcome donations of any amount, directly or through payroll deductions.
 

Benefits:

100% of gift goes into grantmaking fund
Joining local philanthropic leaders who are passionate about issues affecting women and children in the County
Gifts of $500 or more entitle you to join the Steering Committee and help decide the programs to be funded
Various outreach and networking events throughout the year
Invitation to yearly thank-you reception
Recognition in publications (website, Annual Report, etc.)
 
 
Since its inception, the Women's Leadership Council has awarded more than $224,000 in grants to organizations that directly impact the needs of Charles County.  Grants are awarded to organizations that promote physical and mental health of children and women, and the developmental needs of children. 
 
This year, the initiative awarded $17,190 to local nonprofit agencies to provide physical and mental health services to uninsured and underinsured women and children in Charles County.  Agencies that received this years awards are as follows:
 
The Catherine Foundation Pregnancy Care Center was awarded $2,500 to purchase new car seats and cribs for clients participating in childbirth or parenting classes.

The Center for Abused Persons received $2,790 to provide psycho-educational counseling for women inmates in the Charles County Detention Center.

Greater Baden Medical Services was granted $4,300 to fund a part-time social worker in La Plata.

Health Partners was awarded three separate grants totaling $5,600.  The first grant of $1,500 will provide pharmacy assistance for women and children unable to afford prescribed medications.  The second grant, for $750 will provide cervical cancer screenings for uninsured women.  The third grant of $3350 will purchase key dental equipment including an endodontic motor and mixing machine for the Health Partners Dental Clinic.
 
The Promise Resource Center received $2,000 to host four women’s empowerment seminars.
 
 
For more information on the Women's Leadership Council, please contact United Way of Charles County at (301) 609-4844.
 

Money raised through these annual campaigns has gone to the following organizations to help support their programs:

 

Arc of Southern Maryland

 

provided Sexual Health Education classes to women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

Catherine Foundation

 

provided new car seats and cribs for clients that participate in childbirth or parenting classes.

 

Center for Abused Persons

 

provided 48 group psycho educational domestic violence support groups for women incarcerated at the Charles County Detention Center.

 

Center for Children

 

provided mental health screening and individual/group treatment services for young women in the Healthy Families Home Visiting Program.
 

Charles County Department of Health

 

provided Pack-N-Plays so infants could have a safe place to sleep, provided money to help fund the “We Can” program to enhance children’s activities and nutrition, provided funding for classes for children at risk for developmental delay through the Charles County Infants and Toddlers Program, provide fluoride varnish, dental sealants and regular dental kit supplies to children in Head Start, Title I Elementary Schools and Judy Centers. Provide education and support tonew mothers on infant care and safety in the home through Face-to-Face Visiting Prgram for Pregnant Women and New Moms/Newborns in Charles County.

 

Charles County Department of Social Services
 

purchase equipment (books, movies, eBooks, etc) needed for the program "Supporting Women and Children through Improved Child Welfare Services". The program will also provide CCDSS job training for those who qualify.

 

F.B. Gwynn Educational Center

helped purchase materials to implement a therapeutic art program for students enrolled in the STAY program and scholarships for infants and toddlers with disabilities to participate in art, music and movement classes.

 

Greater Baden Medical Services

 

purchased an EKG machine, provided cervical cancer screenings to uninsured or underinsured women who would not have been able to afford the tests; Gardisil vaccine for qualified young women; a digital blood pressure monitor and projector for the staff to provide the services to those women who are potential risks for chronic disease as well as funding a part-time social worker.
 

Health Partners

 

provided gynecological exams, cervical cancer screenings, dental care and prescription assistance for uninsured or underinsured women and children.

 

LifeStyles of Maryland Foundation

 

provided prescription medication to women and children who cannot afford to buy it on their own as well as provided financial assistance to women and children to pay for services needed for mental, maternal health and dental care services.

 

MD Foundation for Quality Healthcare

 

provided Gestational Diabetes Education and Management for women.

 

Partnerships for a Healthier CC

 

provided funds to train several Charles County Public School employees to become Mental Health First Aid Instructors.

 

Tri-County Youth Services Bureau
 

provided individual and group counseling for grandmothers who are responsible for the care of their grandchildren who's parents are absent.

 

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center provided ultrasounds and lab work for qualified uninsured or underinsured women who have at-risk pregnancies.

Walden Sierra

 

provided mental health assessment and counseling services, as well as psychiatric services to the underserved women in Charles County who do not already have PAC or other insurance.

 

If you would like to be a part of this important initiative and help local women and children get services they otherwise could not afford, click here.