SHEPHERDSTOWN – Women Investing in Shepherd, WISH, is a women’s giving circle created by Women for Shepherd University and sponsored by the Shepherd University Foundation which recently provided $ 125,000 in group grants to two local nonprofits and two Shepherd learning projects.
The project’s advisory team includes Carolyn Fleenor, Beverly Hughes, Liz Oates and Mary ‘Peachy’ Staley. The President of Grants is Bonnie Brannon and the Vice President of Grants is Carol Kable.
Beverly Hughes said the idea for WISH began in late 2013 when Monica Lingenfelter, executive vice president of the Shepherd University Foundation, and Meg Patterson, director of donor relations for Shepherd University, presented a campus program titled “Inspired Philanthropy” with speaker Rebecca. Powers.
âRebecca shared her successes in her community of Austin, Texas, having created a women’s giving circle that gave grants to nonprofit organizations. After the presentation to Shepherd, Monica invited a few women who she thought might be interested in exploring this project together, and from there WISH started, âsaid Hughes. âWe determined that the best way to get our message out and gain membership was to organize social events in our homes and invite friends who were excited about WISH and the power of corporate giving and to whom a partnership between. the Shepherd University Foundation and nonprofit organizations would be attractive. . “
Berkeley County Meals on Wheels, Shenandoah Community Health Foundation, Shepherd College of Business Analytics Lab and Shepherd University Lifelong Learning were the four grant recipients awarded on September 19.
âBerkeley County Meals on Wheels provides meals across the county to more than 200 seniors and other housebound people every week. The program, which relies mainly on volunteers, has almost tripled in recent years and provides nearly 60,000 meals per year. The WISH funding will allow the purchase of essential equipment, including an oven, refrigerator, freezers and other miscellaneous items, âthe official statement said.
This is the 50th anniversary of Berkeley County Meals on Wheel as a community resource.
âThe Shenandoah Community Health Foundation was the second nonprofit recipient. The Community Access to Resources for All project, CARE, addresses the need to provide affordable OB-GYN services to thousands of women in the Shenandoah Valley, most of whom are low-income. Funding from the WISH grant will allow Shenandoah Community Health to replace obsolete equipment and purchase additional equipment to meet the growing demand for women’s health services, âthe statement said.
The College of Business Analytics Lab is headed by Dr. Ben Martz, Acting President, and Dr. Kathleen Reid, Acting Dean of the College of Business.
âTo prepare students for careers in data-driven analytics, the WISH grant will help transform the current lab into a state-of-the-art facility. It will include mobile tables, multi-screen capability, enhanced Internet access, high-quality video screens that will provide the infrastructure to support the visualization of charts and dashboard information, and the ability to manage data. increased technological needs created by more powerful analysis software, âthe third recipient’s statement read.
Finally, the Lifelong Learning Program was the fourth grant recipient.
âThe Lifelong Learning Program aims to provide stimulating academic courses and activities to the community. Through the second WISH grant from the Shepherd Learning Project, the Lifelong Learning Program will be able to transform classrooms into state-of-the-art hybrid learning centers that enable learners to remotely and on site to participate in the programs in a transparent and inclusive manner, âsays the release.
WISH’s mission statement is to inspire, educate and develop the potential of women’s philanthropy.
Membership for 2021 is accepted until December 31.
âWe are delighted that WISH has already made a huge impact in the community. Grants have provided better opportunities over these years for programs such as Horses with Hearts, Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center, Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle, Community Alternatives to Violence, Good Samaritan Clinic Samaritan Smiles CASA of the Eastern Panhandle, Panhandle Home Health Inc. Advanced Wound Care Initiative, Ashley House, Bethany House, Catholic Charities, WV Freshealthy Bucks and A Farm Less Ordinary, âsaid Hughes. âWe are proud of our impact in the community, while providing the opportunity to expand learning programs at the University. Each year, equal grants have been awarded to university programs.
Several organizations and departments at Shepherd University have also received grants each year. The total amount of scholarships awarded since 2015 to community non-profit organizations and Shepherd projects is $ 742,000.
To learn more about how to become a WISH member or about the organization, visit www.shepherduniversityfoundation.org/women-investing-in-shepherd/ or contact Meg Patterson at 304-876-5021 or [email protected]