April 2023 Newsletter

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                            Dear Women's Fund of the Blue Ridge supporter, 

Spring is in the air and the Women's Fund of the Blue Ridge couldn't be more thrilled for what these next few months hold. 

Planning for the Power of the Purse events has long begun and the events are coming together beautifully. Most importantly, we are thrilled to host Princess Sarah Culberson as our guest speaker this year. You won't want to miss her enthusiasm and inspiring message.

Thanks to you, our valued supporter, we have been able to accomplish record grant-making activities, taken on new outreach projects helping to support young teen women with our Period Project and continue to grow our membership, building a strong network on women helping women.

We are happy to share this newsletter with you, and look forward to seeing you very soon at some of our upcoming events.



Patti Jupiter
Chair, Women's Fund of the Blue Ridge             
Save the Date
June 15, 2023
Outreach In Action

The Outreach Committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11:30 at Basil's in Boone, NC. New members are welcomed and encouraged to join us and assist in our efforts to support women in need. The Outreach committee meets regularly and engages the community in projects that directly benefit the community at large. If you are interested in joining the Outreach committee, reach out to us at [email protected].


Wonderful Women Gift Bag: items are being collected for May 8th and assembled on May 10th.  Thirty bags will be put together with 10 bags going to a nonprofit in all 3 counties we serve. We kindly request new and unopened items only.

Items collected: New Candles, Picture Frames, Body Wash, Chapstick and small items donated by Vera Bradley.  

Thank you to Kilwin's for donating delicious chocolates for these gift bags. 

The PERIOD PROJECT: The WFBR recognizes that the need for access to essential period products exists in our counties.  SUPPORT.PERIODS is an initiative of the WFBR and the Outreach Committee to supply the local schools with period products for school students in need.
You can donate money to this cause to the WFBR or choose to buy products. Specific items collected are:

PADS: Always or other brand # 3 Ultra Thin pads
TAMPONS: Multiple sizes with plastic applicator
Basic Totes Needs Wish List: WFBR distributes Basic Needs Totes that are filled with necessary toiletries and/or cleaning supplies twice a year to various nonprofits throughout the High Country. We kindly request new and unopened items only.

The following items are requested:
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Shampoo and conditioner
Hair brushes, combs and elastic hair bands
Razors and shaving cream
Hand soap
House cleaning supplies ( all purpose wipes, pine sol, dish soap, laundry detergent, etc)
If you wish to contribute to either of these causes, please email [email protected] to coordinate drop off.
Thank you!

The Outreach Committee, WFBR

Funds from the Women's Fund of the Blue Ridge grant support our Family Support programs and also provide emergency/crisis support for families enrolled in our programs, specific support to teen parents and babies enrolled in the Adolescent Parenting Program, and scholarships for counseling for mothers who are experiencing post-partum depression.

Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based home visiting program for children ages birth to 3 years and their families.  Built on the premise that parents are a child's first and best teachers, trained parent educators provide support through parent education about early child development and positive parenting practices. The program has four key components: 

1. Personal home visits
2. Group connections
3. Connections to resources 
4. Child development screening and assessments. 

The program's goals are to:  

1.  Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve positive parenting practices 
2.  Provide early detection of developmental delays and connection to services
3.  Improve parent, child, and family health and well-being
4.  Prevent child abuse and neglect
5.  Increase children's school readiness and success
6.  Improve family economic well-being, and 
7.  Strengthen community capacity and connectedness. 

"I don't think I could have done it without you guys."

A story from a staff member about a family she is working with in the Parents as Teachers program.

"Judy" and "Adam"  

When I first met with Judy, she and her husband had just taken custody of her infant grandson, Adam.  I provided her with information and support from our diaper bank at the Children's Council.  The support was well received, and the family seemed to be coping well, and Adam was thriving in his environment.  A few months ago, the situation changed dramatically for Judy.  Her husband left her right at the same time that she lost her job, and her eldest daughter who had been helping moved out of the state.  Judy had gone from a confident parent who seemed to have it "all together," to sitting on her living room floor crying because she was unsure of how she would be able to support her family on her own.  She was worried that she would not be able to cover her mortgage and utilities, and desperately wanted to be able to keep her home.  She said that she had been applying for jobs but had had no luck.  I helped Judy to brainstorm different places in the community where she could apply for employment and helped her to connect with local resources to help her cover her utilities until she was able to secure an income.  Shortly after, Judy became employed with a local agency.  She has been able to catch up with her finances and has been able to remain in her home.  As she has attained this financial stability and independence, I have watched her regain her confidence as she has become a successful single parent to her grandson, Adam.  

                            Contribution statements were sent out to all 2022 donors via email on 1/16/2023. If you have questions or would like us to resend your statement, feel free to contact the office at 828-264-4002 or email us at [email protected].             
Membership 2023

We believe our collective spirit thrives when we hear all voices.  When we join together, combine our resources and work as a team, we can accomplish what none of us can do on our own.

When you become a member in 2023, you are supporting our grants program as 92% of funds raised through the WFBR membership program goes to our granting program. Membership is an important part of our success in making a difference in the lives of women and girls in the High Country.

Thank you to all of those who have joined already! Please consider joining as a member this year. Membership levels are as follows:
Change Maker
Friend of the Fund
                            $2,400/yr. - $200/mo.
$1,200/yr. - $100/mo.
$600/yr. - $50/mo.
$300/yr. - $25/mo.
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