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Originally published: 2013-07-25 11:39:20
Last modified: 2013-07-25 11:40:04

High Country Women's Fund allocates $59,000 in grants

The High Country Women's Fund  has announced $59,000 in grants this year for 10 area agencies to support women and children in need.

"In Watauga and Avery counties, there are over 15,000 women and children living in poverty. HCWF aims to help other women move toward self-sufficiency by connecting them with local resources," Becka Saunders, allocations chairwoman for HCWF, said.

"Our funding is focused on programs that provide child care, education, prevention, housing, transportation and personal needs. Programs can range from providing child care for some women to achieve a GED and scholarships to the Children's Playhouse to transitional housing for women in a violent situation," Saunders said.

The 10 agencies that have been allocated funding are:

Children's Council

Children's Playhouse

Community Care Clinic

Daymark Recovery Services

Hospitality House

Mountain Alliance

New Opportunities School for Women

Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter (OASIS) 

Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Community Action (WAMY)

Watauga Crisis Assistance Network (WeCAN)

Since its founding in 2006, HCWF has raised and distributed more than $450,000 in funds to women and their families in Watauga and Avery counties. 

The major fundraisers for 2013 include the Power of the Purse luncheon held on June 14 and the upcoming Croquet for a Cause on Aug. 11 and Holiday Shopping Spree on Nov. 9-10.

About HCWF

The High Country Women's Fund is a dedicated giving circle of caring and committed women, whose mission is to affect positive change for women and their families in Avery and Watauga counties, according to group officials. The organization endeavors to inspire, educate and empower women moving toward self-sufficiency by connecting them with local resources and with other caring women in our community. 

The theme of the organization is "circles of women making a difference one woman at a time." The HCWF is an initiative of the High Country United Way. For more information on the