Catholic Charities is finalist for Women’s Fund impact grant

Special to The Message

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Evansville has been named a finalist for one of two Women’s Fund of Evansville’s impact grants. Women’s Fund members will select the grant winners by vote at their annual meeting, set for Nov. 6 at Evansville’s Holiday Inn Airport.

Members will select one organization to receive a $35,000 grant for a program and one organization to receive a $35,000 grant for a capital project.

The Women’s Fund was established in 2007 when a group of area women came together with the goal of improving the quality of life in Vanderburgh County by pooling their resources to forever provide funding for charitable initiatives.

This year’s three program category finalists and their proposals are:
● Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center for the Children’s Mental Health Services;
● Ozanam Family Shelter for the Effectively Housing the Homeless; and
● Parenting Time Center for the Nurturing Parenting Skills for Parents in Supervised Visits.

This year’s three capital project category finalists and their proposed projects are:
● Aurora for the Vehicles for Aurora’s Homeless Outreach;
● Catholic Charities for the Life Skills Classroom and Client Services Offices; and
● Deaconess Foundation for the Maternal and Neonatal Simulation Education for Rural Health Facilities.

Since 2007, the Women's Fund has awarded grants totaling $901,000 to organizations serving local families. Impact grants awarded have provided funding for projects and programs at the Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Ark Crisis Child Care Center, Aurora, Boys and Girls Club, Evansville Christian Life Center, House of Bread and Peace, Lampion Center, Ozanam Family Shelter, Patchwork Central, Potter's Wheel, St. Vincent Early Learning Center, United Caring Shelter, Vanderburgh County CASA, Youth First, Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana and the YWCA.

“Each year we are reminded of the impact of our community’s nonprofit organizations and the work they are able to do every day,” said advisory board co-chair Diana Wilderman. “It is truly inspirational to be part of an organization which has such a positive impact on our community today and for the future as well.”

Charities receives donation from Golf Gives Back
Director of Catholic Charities Sharon Burns also notified The Message that Golf Gives Back has donated $2,975 to Charities for its efforts across the diocese.