By Tomi Ellis
Women’s Fund of Smith County

It is with great appreciation and pleasure that I have the honor to serve beside so many inspirational women as a member of the Women’s Fund of Smith County. This giving circle gives heart to our community. I have been a member of WFSC since 2011 and have seen countless lives changed through our grants.  The mission of the Women’s Fund is to transform our community through impactful grants.  Over the past twelve years, the Women’s Fund has awarded more than $1,650,000 in grant funds impacting twenty-seven agencies and countless lives in Smith County. There is such a diversity in the recipients of our grants, and yet the commonality is that each organization impacts the lives of women and children in our community.  Grants are possible because of the annual gifts from our members, collectively leveraged for the greatest impact.

What a blessing it is to live in East Texas, especially in spring time.  Each time you step outside you see new life and vibrant beauty at each turn.  I believe this new life and vibrancy can be seen in each grant given by the Women’s Fund of Smith County.  For example, the opportunity for PATH to expand their affordable housing program through our 2019 grant. The vast majority of PATH’s Transitional Housing Program participants are single mothers with children, and many have gone on to become homeowners through Habitat for Humanity of Smith County.  Imagine the life changing impact owning their own home has on each family benefitting from this program. Additionally, East Texas Crisis Center is another 2019 grant recipient enabling them to expand their counseling program.  The ultimate goal of the program is to provide a safe professional environment, empowering clients to make their own choices, work toward change, help them step away from abuse to develop healthy relationships, and rebuild their lives.  These are just a few examples of bringing new life to fabulous programs already available in Smith County.

Please join me and our giving circle as we celebrate women who inspire us at the 6th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Willow Brook Country Club.  The East Texas Crisis Center will share stories of transformation, illustrating how their grant from the Women’s Fund has impacted lives.  Let’s embrace this season and be refreshed by each other, because we know that together is better.

Tomi Ellis serves on the Women’s Fund of Smith County Board of Directors as Vice Chair for Advancement. The Women’s Fund celebrates their 6th annual Mother’s Day Luncheon, honoring women who inspire us, on Thursday, May 9 at 11:30 at Willow Brook Country Club. For luncheon reservations and for more information about mission and outreach, please visit