Three Organizations Honored For Women’s Empowerment

by WHIZ Reporter on September 18, 2012 at 6:25 am

As one of its final presentations, the Southeastern Ohio Women and Girls Funding Network recognized three area organizations who are making a difference.

Three, $1,000 awards were presented to Powerhouse of Southeastern Ohio, the C.A.S.S./M.I.N.D. Academy and the STARS Institute.

Recipients say the money will go toward tuition and operating expenses for those involved in the program.

"We try to keep the cost very low, so that any girl who wants to attend can. We alternate our curriculum every other year so that we encourage girls to come back more than one year and learn different skills," said STARS Institute Director, Cindy Brandi."

"It will go towards tuition. Specifically for the student," said C.A.S.S/M.I.N.D. CEO, Cassandra McDonald, "so they can have what they need and have the classes available for them."

"It will be used for programming, because we have visual art classes, [like] the "Sparks" improv team classes," said Powerhouse Volunteer Executive Director, Christy Szemetylo." "We also help produce theatrical productions."

Starting next year, the Southeastern Ohio Women and Girls Funding Network will be re-organized as the Women’s Fund, a non profit organization of the International Women’s Peace Power Foundation and will work to honor individuals making a difference in the lives of women and girls in the community.