WATERBURY— The Women’s Giving Circle at Connecticut Community Foundation—which includes 62 women who are motivated to make an impact for women and girls in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills—awarded grants totaling $32,500 to six organizations serving the region.

The Women’s Giving Circle formed in 2017 so members could pool their dollars, study local concerns, and award grants together to nonprofit organizations tackling issues affecting women and girls in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.

“Giving Circles are a growing force in philanthropy,” said Kathy Bower, founding chair of the Women’s Giving Circle. “We live in a region with a rich history of giving. We’re proud to advance organizations doing important work for women and girls while engaging more and more women who want to make a difference.”

In three years, the Circle has made a significant impact. They have awarded $96,500 to thirteen area nonprofits.

Karen Powell of Southbury, an original member of the giving circle who now serves as chair, says the growing popularity of giving collectives aligns with the times.

“There continues to be a lot of excitement about the Circle. Given the ongoing needs stemming from the pandemic, nonprofit organizations need help. Now is the time for action. When we give together and pool our resources we can have a bigger impact.”

The Women’s Giving Circle’s 2020 grants include the following:

  • Madre Latina in Waterbury was awarded a $7,500 for its Young Representatives of Waterbury program, which is geared toward Latina high school students in the city. Participants will learn leadership and civic engagement skills to make change in their communities. Save Girls on F.Y.E.R in Waterbury received a $7,500 grant to support its Girls on FYER Leadership Academy, which motivates, inspires and empowers girls of color, ages 11-17, to become Future Young Educated Role Models (FYER) in the city.
  • LiveGirl, based in New Canaan, was given a $7,500 for its new Middle School Confidence Club and Camp to address the COVID-19 mental health crisis at the Waterbury Boys & Girls Club and in a Waterbury middle school. In addition, eight girls from Waterbury will receive scholarships to attend the 2021 LiveGirl Summer Camp.
  • Women’s Choice Charitable Association in Waterbury received a $7,500 grant for support of its Community Doula Project. It will provide free doulas to women of color birthing in Waterbury who face financial challenges. This program will work alongside prenatal care provided by local hospitals and obstetrician offices.
  • Greenwoods Counseling Referrals in Litchfield, and Literacy Volunteers on the Green in New Milford were each awarded a $1,250 grant to support general operating expenses.

To learn about getting involved in the Women’s Giving Circle at Connecticut Community Foundation, visit www.conncf.org/womens-giving-circle.