|Additionally, because of your generous support, we have also established the Women in Philanthropy Business Relief Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation. This non-endowed hardship fund is intended for women who own small businesses in Lackawanna County who are facing challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Women in Philanthropy Business Relief Fund intends to provide mini-grants of up to $1,000 each to support women who own small businesses in Lackawanna County. This funding is for personal use that will help women deal with hardship situations occurring during the COVID-19 crisis. Through the Scranton Area Community Foundation, Women in Philanthropy has committed $15,000 to the Fund, and additional funds are being added by generous supporters. To date, Women in Philanthropy has awarded a total of $15,850 to 21 women who own businesses in Lackawanna County.
“Through generous contributions from Women in Philanthropy supporters, the Women in Philanthropy program at the Scranton Area Community Foundation is making a difference in the lives of women, girls, and their families during these challenging times,” stated Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation.
In a recent letter received from recipient Cat Maria of Northeast Therapeutic Wellness Center PLLC in Dunmore: “I am writing to express my gratitude for the grant I received from Women in Philanthropy Business Relief Fund. I was able to pay the extra costs associated with telehealth for my group practice, the extra costs of providing extra sanitation measures in the office setting offset some of our clients’ copays and deductibles that are struggling financially due to COVID-19, and offset some of the rent for my office. The financial support was so helpful and even more than that, the support I experienced emotionally to know that I live and work in a community that values and appreciates the work and effort I put forth for the betterment of our community has absolutely lifted my spirits and reenergized me to continue to strive to go above and beyond to meet the mental health needs of some of our most venerable population. Thank you again for your generosity and support!”