Martinsville Bulletin: Women In Philanthropy awards $34,000

Martinsville Bulletin: Women In Philanthropy awards $34,000
Martinsville Bulletin Photo: Pictured (from left) are Judy Epperly of Safetynet, Inc., Becky Forestier of the MHC Family YMCA, and Dr. James Hartigan, PVDHF dentist. (Contributed photo)

September 21, 2016

MARTINSVILLE-Three local nonprofits received impact grants from the Women in Philanthropy (WIP) initiative of the Martinsville Area Community Foundation at the seventh Annual WIP Awards Luncheon.

Safetynet Inc. received $10,000 to provide emergency financial assistance to residents in Martinsville and Henry County who are experiencing a crisis. Judy Epperly, executive director of Safetynet said, “This grant is a blessing to Safetynet and to the individuals and families it will serve. We are very grateful to the members of Women In Philanthropy and their compassion and generosity to our community.”

WIP awarded $11,000 to the Martinsville Henry County Family YMCA. This grant will be used to assist with relocating the Early Learning Center to Smith Memorial United Methodist Church. “The YMCA is very honored and thankful to have been selected to receive this grant. This relocation will allow us to grow not only the ELC program but the school age program as well by alleviating space issues. We greatly appreciate the confidence and support of the WIP members. “

Piedmont Virginia Dental Health Foundation (PVDHF) received $13,000 to support the capacity to offer quality dental care to the uninsured and low income population in our community. The PVDHF operates the area’s only dental clinic to improve the oral health of the community’s disadvantaged citizens through oral health education and dental hygiene services.

It uses externships with VCU dental students to provide real life, general dentistry experience. The clinic has provided more than $8 million in dental services to the unemployed or uninsured adults and children. Since the Clinic opened in 2006, there have been more than 36,474 patient visits.

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