Women & Girls Fund to distribute $38,950 at grant awards
luncheon on April 28
Mary Lou McAllister to receive 2014 Women & Girls Fund Award

Representatives from sixteen Mid-Shore non-profits will accept checks totaling $38,950 at the Women & Girls Fund’s annual spring luncheon on April 28.  That will bring the Fund’s 12-year grant total to nearly $380,000, money that’s gone to programs run by 62 organizations in the five Mid-Shore counties.
Women & Girls Fund grants go out annually to programs that benefit women and girls in one or more of the five Mid-Shore counties:  Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Dorchester, Caroline and Kent.

The Fund’s 2014 “Women & Girls Fund Award” will go to Mary Lou McAllister, who has long dedicated herself to enriching the lives of the residents—especially children—of St. Michaels.  She attracted Easton Day Care (now Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers) to St. Michaels ,  and volunteers for organizations such as CASA, the Children’s Home Foundation,  and the St. Michaels Food Bank.

“Our spring luncheon is when we thank our donors for making the grants possible, it’s when we gift the grants so great work can go on, and it’s when we applaud individuals who’ve done so much for our communities,” said Paige Evans, president of the Women & Girls Fund.

“I love the luncheon,” Evans continued, “because every year I meet amazing people who have found creative ways to remove barriers so women and girls can succeed.”

This year’s recipient organizations are Carpe Diem Arts Outreach, Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, Chestertown RiverArts, Community Mediation-Upper Shore, Echo Hill Outdoor School, For All Seasons, Healthy Families Mid-Shore, Ladies of Nia, Mid-Shore Community Mediation, Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Partners in Care, Rebuilding Together Caroline County, Rebuilding Together Kent County, SOAR Horsemanship Program, Talbot Interfaith Shelter, and Talbot Partnership.

The programs that will get a boost from Fund grants this year are wide-ranging, benefitting young children, teens, adults and the elderly, including women and girls who are isolated by poverty, disabilities, poor English language skills or, as in two cases, by incarceration or someone else’s criminal behavior.  All of the non-profits typically provide advice, assistance and skill-building for little or no money.