The Big Give never gets old. Last night, the members of Impact 100 Richmond presented two transformative grants of $100,000 each to CARITAS and Sacred Heart Center. With excitement and anticipation, our members attend this annual event to mark the culmination of a year-long giving experience that brings together more than 300 women from across the Richmond region. Since 2009, we have collectively reinvested $1.2 million in community-based organizations that are either filling gaps in service or expanding programs to address the needs of local residents.
CARITAS is well-known for programs that help the most vulnerable members of our community overcome crisis through overnight shelter, the CARITAS Furniture Bank, the CARITAS Works employment training program and the Healing Place for men. It will use the Impact 100 grant to develop the CARITAS Center, which allows the organization to provide recovery services for women – through a new Healing Place for Women – and consolidate existing programs under one roof.
Founded in 1990, Sacred Heart Center revised its mission in 2011 to create a hub for the Latino community that opens opportunities for social and economic integration, family success and community leadership. In that spirit, the organization will use its award to launch the Family Protection Project. The goal of the project is to provide support, referrals and legal defense to immigrant families in Richmond with the goal to prevent the separation of families.
At the Big Give, our members heard presentations from five finalists and then conducted a live vote to determine the 2017 grant recipients. The other exceptional organizations considered were Groundwork RVA, Virginia Advanced Studies Strategies and Virginia Capitol Foundation.
The Big Give reminds us of what we’re all about – to connect and be connected. As a collection of women philanthropists, we connect with our mission to transform lives through giving, with each other, and with our nonprofit partners.
We are excited to add CARITAS and Sacred Heart Center as our newest partners, and we look forward to showing our support for their respective missions and projects in the year ahead.