Women of Purpose award grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Women of Purpose organization hosted its annual award luncheon at the Community Congregational Church on April 10.

GARDEN CITY — The Women of Purpose awarded a $5,000 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters during the organization’s annual award luncheon on April 10.

According to a news release, the grant will assist Big Brothers Big Sisters with its mentoring program, #Strong Girls, which supports young women from underserved or at-risk populations in Finney County.

Two smaller grants were awarded to runners up Russell Child Development Center ($2,000) and Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland ($1,000).

The Women of Purpose Fund was established in 2009 within the Western Kansas Community Foundation, created by area women who made donations to build a permanently endowed fund to help support local programs focused specifically on women’s needs.

Because of their passion and vision to see other women succeed in our communities, the fund has grown to over $180,000 and has supported numerous local agencies with grants totaling over $50,000.  

“Each program is selected by the voting membership,” Stacie Hahn, WKCF program and marketing director, said. “Voting members give $100 annually to participate in the vote process to select the program that best reflects the current focus.”

This year’s focus was “Inspiring Female Potential Through Mentorship.” The Women of Purpose are passionate about their involvement and the investment they are making in the lives of women within the 15-county service area of the WKCF, according to a news release.

The annual award luncheon is the WOP’s signature event and is sponsored by the Commerce Trust Company.

WKCF staff welcomes visiting with donors or those interested in becoming involved in the Women of Purpose Fund. Call (620) 271-9484, or stop by the WKCF office at 402 N. Main Street in downtown Garden City.