We hope that you are staying safe and healthy during this very challenging time for our country. We are truly in unprecedented times. Our hearts go out to all those impacted by COVID-19.
As we continue to adjust to the new daily realities for ourselves and our families during this public health crisis, it is heartening to see our community come together to harness the power of philanthropy to make a difference in our community.
Today, we are inviting you to join with us in #GivingTuesdayNow - a new global day of giving and unity that is as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
Together, we are the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County.
And together, we give ... by leveraging the things that make the Women's Giving Circle an empowering way to give and using our unique strengths to make a difference.
Here's how you can continue to support our community today:
1. We have established the WGC COVID-19 Fund where donors can double the impact of your gifts through the generosity of Cyndi and Ron Gula, who are matching donations dollar for dollar up to $25,000 to address unprecedented COVID-19 community needs. These donations will go directly to support our Howard County nonprofit and community partners through our HoCoRespond funding partnership with the Community Foundation of Howard County, United Way of Central Maryland and Horizon Foundation. Our HoCoRespond partnership has given $205,000 to our nonprofits partners to date, and will announce another round of funding today. Your support is critical, thank you.
2. You can support the recent WGC Emergency Response Network requests we've sent:
The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County has given over $28,000 to nonprofit and community partners on the frontline of responding to the COVID-19 urgent health and economic needs of disproportionately impacted communities in Howard County in the last eight weeks, and the need remains great.
3. You can support all of our Emergency Response Network partners by donating to the WGC Emergency Response Network COVID-19 Showcase Fund that will be split among each WGC ERN nonprofit partner and sent directly to them. We are proud to directly support our ERN partners.
There are many ways to help. Together, we give.
Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair
Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, WGC Executive Director