“Thank you all, you are helping a lot of ladies and children,” said Lisa Jordan, Vice President of Family & Youth Services Bureau, as she accepted a $50,000 Women’s Fund of Porter County grant for the Tot Shop from Impact Porter County, a women’s giving circle associated with the Porter County Community Foundation.
The grant will help the agency to continue to educate a growing number of young parents in need while also providing baby clothing, equipment and furniture through the Tot Shop program. “We served 800 families last year,” said Jordan. “With funding cuts, we were very concerned about sustaining the program. This grant will go a long way to continue our parenting education and provide baby supplies, clothing and furniture that these families would otherwise not be able to afford.”
“Family & Youth Services Bureau was one of the three grant finalists vying this year for the Women’s Fund high-impact grant,” said Joanne Urschel, Impact Porter County Grant Committee Chair. Women’s Fund grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations in support of a program serving women and children in Porter County.
“Each of our finalist agencies addresses an area of importance to our community,” noted Urschel. The other finalists, Neighbors Corporation-Dayspring Program and Valparaiso Family YMCA each received a $2,500 grant. “We are glad that we can help them make an impact.”
Since its inception, Impact Porter County has now over awarded $225,000 in grants from the Women’s Fund of Porter County. Introduced in 2007, Impact Porter County is an active giving circle through the Porter County Community Foundation. Its mission is to empower women to dramatically improve their lives by collectively funding significant grants that make a lasting impact.
To learn more about Impact Porter County and to view Women’s Fund impact stories, visit online at www.portercountyfoundation.org or contact the Foundation at 219-465-0294.
Photo: Family and Youth Services Bureau was recently awarded a $50,000 Women’s Fund grant from Impact Porter County, a women’s giving circle associated with the Porter County Community Foundation. L-R: Joanne Urschel, Impact Porter County Grant Committee Chair; Lisa Jordan, Family & Youth Services Bureau, Vice President and Jade Palin, Prevention and Early Intervention Director; and Barb Young, Porter County Community Foundation President.