Over $100,000 in grants were awarded to seven non-profit groups in Terrebonne and Lafourche.
The money was granted by the Mother Teresa Women’s Giving Circle local organizations that have a direct impact on the lives of women, children and families.
The Mother Teresa Women’s Giving Circle, part of the Catholic Foundation of South Louisiana, “seeks to promote philanthropy that empowers women, compels action, and glorifies God,” according to the foundation’s website.
After listening to submissions from 13 nonprofit organizations, the group voted for seven who would receive the grants.
“Through prayer and community, the group of Catholic women together overcame the challenges of Hurricane Ida and found ways to make an impact in the community,” the group said in a statement.
The $101,000 in grants were awarded to the seven nonprofits at a ceremony Thursday.
The following organizations received the grants:
- Catholic Charities Disaster Relief, $34,000 to continue their appliance relief efforts.
- Crossroads Pregnancy Center, $20,000 to implement a digital marketing campaign.
- The Haven, $15,000 for its Domestic Violence Emergency Support Program and Flexible Housing Fund.
- Friends of Beyond the Bell, $8,000 to improve engagement in children’s experiences and travel.
- St. Lucy’s Daycare, $8,000 to add and upgrade playground equipment and kitchen appliances.
- Hope Extreme, $8,000 to improve the after-school program by purchasing new equipment and supplies.
- Good Samaritan Food Bank and Thrift Store of Raceland, $8,000 to expand the food bank’s reach to other locations like the Wallace Center.
Amy Ponson, executive director of the Catholic Foundation of South Louisiana, praised the nonprofits for their service to the community.
“It was a truly humbling experience to watch the members of the Mother Teresa Women’s Giving Circle live out Mother Teresa’s mission to help women, children and families,” she said. Daily, the Catholic women of our diocese have led with their prayers, their hearts and their vision to make our community a better place.
“Their shared generosity has enabled our Giving Circle to distribute over $329,000 over the past four years. Our vision was to build a community of Catholic women where every donation, big or small, would have a local impact. We are honored to have been able to award $101,000 this year and look forward to continuing to increase our support in our local community.
For more information on Mother Teresa’s Women’s Giving Circle, visit www.catholicfoundationsl.org/womens-giving-circle. Those interested in joining can contact Ponson at 850-3116 or email him at [email protected]
– Editor Dan Copp can be reached at 448-7639 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DanVCopp.