Women Who Care is a women’s philanthropic giving circle that pools the combined charitable resources of over 250 area women to fund projects that enhance the quality of life for women and their families in Elk County.
Along with the satisfaction of making a difference in their communities, our members also enjoy events twice a year where they gather to network, learn about community needs and award grants.
Each spring, we welcome members and guests at a social event that features an evening of friendship, entertainment, and education.
In October, our Annual Meeting rotates among various locations in Elk County. Organizations that have been chosen as final grant candidates give a brief overview of their project to the members in attendance. The members vote on their favorite projects and grants are awarded. Along with learning all about exciting programs that are benefiting our communities, members enjoy great food, great friends, and an always entertaining evening.
2022 Spring Event: Dueling Pianos! Save the date: April 21, 2022
2021 Annual Meeting
Date: October 21, 2021
Location: The Red Fern
2021 Women Who Care Annual Meeting – $40,000 awarded!
WWC gathers its members twice each year to socialize, network, and support worthy community projects by awarding grants to non-profit organizations. On October 21, 2021, a large number of members and their guests attended the annual membership meeting at The Red Fern in Kersey. The evening began with a social, appetizers, and cash bar. At 6 p.m. grant presentations took place, followed by voting on grant awards. A delicious dinner was served while the votes were tabulated.
The following organizations received grants: 4H Penn State Extension ($4,000); Borough of Johnsonburg ($5,000); Boys & Girls Club ($5,000); Catholic Charities ($3,500); Lutheran Home at Kane ($3,360); Office of Human Services ($5,000); Johnsonburg Little League ($5,000); St. Marys Area School District ($5,000); and Johnsonburg School District ($4,140). Congratulations to the award winners! Women Who Care is proud to support the worthy projects of our non-profit organizations, schools, and communities.
2021 Denim & Diamonds
Date: June 24, 2021
Location: Flying Dove
Denim & Diamonds: Fun with Friends at the Flying Dove
WWC gathers its members twice each year to socialize, network, and support worthy community projects by awarding grants to non-profit organizations. The Flying Dove was a great outdoor space on a beautiful summer evening to celebrate the Women Who Care organization and the generosity of the women who make up its membership. Many members bring a guest to WWC events to introduce their friends to the important work the group does in providing grants for projects that enhance the lives of families in our communities. The evening began with a short presentation explaining the mission and purpose of the Women Who Care organization. A buffet dinner catered by The Royal Inn was followed by the highlight of the night, a tribute to the music of Neil Diamond by “Simply Diamond”, who delighted the group with his special performance. The ladies, decked out in their finest denim and diamonds, enjoyed dessert prepared by Sugar Mamas Bakery! Dancing, socializing, and the awarding of 50-50, gift baskets, and tickets to a Pirate/Phillies game ended the evening.
The next meeting of WWC members will be their Annual Business Meeting in the fall, where grants will be awarded.
2020 Annual Meeting
Date: October 1, 2020
Location: Virtual Event
Women Who Care 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting!
The 2020 Fall Business meeting of Women Who Care (WWC) was held virtually on October 1st with 182 WWC members voting on grant funding for their favorite organizations and projects. The membership awarded $36,979 in grants to eleven non-profit organizations. Even though the annual in-person meeting could not be held this year, the women of WWC showed their spirit of philanthropy and happily participated in the “Girls Night In” event. All organizations applying for a grant were asked to submit a short video on their project. The videos were compiled and placed on YouTube for members to review prior to placing their vote. After picking up 159 turkey dinners the night of the event at drive through locations, many members gathered safely with small groups of trusted friends at someone’s home to enjoy their dinners and tune into the Live Facebook event that announced the winners of the grants, door prizes, baskets and 50-50. Area organizations receiving 2020 awards were: Guardian Angel Center, $5,000 for a custom counter; WRC/Ridgmont Campus, $2,579 for Amazon Fire Tablets for face-to-face family contact; Friends of Twin Lakes, $3,500 to develop management plan; Ridgway YMCA, $1,500 for deep cleaning, 2 foggers & disinfectant; Boys & Girls Club, $5,000 to enhance & offset programs; Elk County Farm Bureau, $2,500 for AG Mobile Lab; Penn Highlands Elk, $2,000 for Jaxson bags; City of St. Marys, $5,000 for portable ice rink; Penn State Extension 4-H, $3,000 for virtual programming; St. Leo’s School, $2,400 for air purifier, and $500 for You Go Girl program; Johnsonburg School District, $4,000 for technology program.
2020 Spring Event
Denim & Diamonds Spring 2020 Event has been Cancelled!
2020 Spring Event: In compliance with the recommendation of the CDC, and for the safety and welfare of our entertainer, participants and volunteers, the Women Who Care Steering committee has made the difficult decision to cancel our upcoming Women Who Care event, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At this time, we will not be rescheduling, the event for this year, but have requested our Neil Diamond performer to plan to join us next Spring!
For those of you whose membership dues is still outstanding, we hope you will consider updating it by June 1, 2020, so we can continue to support our worthy local organizations with grants.
Finally, we are excited to let the membership know, again this year, the family of Doris Stackpole, our founding chairperson, has designated her Donor Advised Fund distribution of nearly $4,900 be determined by all her Women Who Care sisters!!!!
2019 Annual Meeting
Date: October 2, 2019
Location: Johnsonburg Firehall, Johnsonburg PA
Women Who Care Celebrates 10 Years! Our Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Johnsonburg Firehall. Members and guests enjoyed the evening socializing with friends and participating in our birthday celebration. A delicious turkey dinner was served by the Johnsonburg Firehall.
Non-profit organizations that were chosen as final grant candidates provided a brief overview of their projects. Members voted on their favorite projects and awarded $35,000 in grants: Boys & Girls Club ($5,000); Catholic Charities ($3,000); WRC Ridgway Campus ($2,687); Dickinson Center, Inc. ($3,500); Elk Co. Humane Society (($4,619); Johnsonburg School District ($2,500); Johnsonburg Little League ($5,000); Ridgway Area HS Drama Boosters ($2,750); St. Marys Area Middle School ($4,000); St. Marys Public Library ($1,255); Special Olympics of Elk & Cameron Counties ($689).
Congratulations to Women Who Care on 10 years of giving back to our communities!
2019 Spring Event
Date: April 4, 2019
Location: The Royal Inn, Ridgway PA
Dueling International Pianos! The 2019 Spring event was held at the Royal Inn in Ridgway on Thursday April 4, 2019. Dueling Pianos International provided outstanding sing-along entertainment for the 175 women in attendance. Members and their guests enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by the Royal Inn Staff. Guest speaker for the evening was Ashley Kline representing the teachers of St. Marys Area Schools. She spoke about the Food for Friends Program that received funds from Women Who Care 2018 grants. This program provides weekend and holiday break meals to elementary school age children who would otherwise not have nutritious and adequate meals on non-school days. Women Who Care hosts two events each year for their members: the spring social event and the annual business meeting. Women Who Care invites all area women who seek to support community needs in Elk County to join our amazing group of women. It’s a very affordable way to do a lot of good in your community!