On January 18, the Women’s Fund of Smith County awarded 7 impact grants totaling $408,689 for 2024. These grants awards bring our cumulative giving since 2009 to $3,294,134, impacting 34 Smith County nonprofit agencies and countless lives.
Thank you to our Women’s Fund Members, our sponsors and donors, and many other community partners who have helped make our mission possible!
Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County – $35,492
Client Services Efficiency Project
The presentations began with a grant award of $35,492 to Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County for a project that will streamline the client experience. The Client Services Efficiency Project will create a new, user friendly website for clients, caretakers, and potential clients, and provide resources for potential clients, a quicker client intake process, and streamline client service procedures. Once completed, this technology will make it easier and more convenient for clients and their caretakers to obtain the care they need. The Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County is a local, independent nonprofit organization committed to walking beside all those in Smith County on their journeys with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related illnesses since 1982.
Camp Tyler Foundation – $37,097
New Mattresses & Bunk Beds
The second grant award of $37,097 was awarded to the Camp Tyler Foundation. This grant will enable Camp Tyler to purchase new bunk beds and mattresses which will replace unsafe and outdated teacher beds and mattresses, as well as student bunk beds and mattresses. The new equipment will meet current safety and fire prevention requirements, and it will increase capacity for the Camp Tyler Outdoor School overnight residential program now and in the future. Camp Tyler and The Camp Tyler Foundation have provided outdoor learning experiences in a natural environment for over 78 years, and their shared mission is to give children from all walks of life the opportunity to experience the outdoors.
Children’s Village & Family Services – $48,000
Kitchen & Laundry Remodel
The third grant of $48,000 was awarded to the Children’s Village and Family Services to fund a kitchen and laundry remodeling project in two of its cottages. This project will replace aging, dysfunctional stove ranges, double ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, and dryers in 25 and 40-year-old cottages. The kitchen and laundry areas will be remodeled with these funds to provide the necessary space for the new equipment, ensuring that Children’s Village parents have all the tools they need to care for the children in their homes. Children’s Village exists to help children from Northeast Texas who are neglected, abused, or homeless and has provided 24-hour residential care in family-style living homes on a rural campus setting.
Family Circle of Care – $70,000
New Vision Center Serving Women & Children
Next, a grant of $70,000 went to Family Circle of Care to help fund a new vision center that will focus on underserved Smith County patients. The Vision Center specifically will serve women and children regardless of their ability to pay. WFSC grant funds will be used to renovate (including paint, flooring, and window removal) part of a currently owned building with space for eye exams and eyewear. The Family Circle of Care’s Mission and Vision Statement states: “Through dedicated team members we will provide access to compassionate care for the whole family with unsurpassed quality. As a premier medical home of choice, we will enhance the lives we serve and inspire hope, through comprehensive healthcare for years to come.”
For The Silent – $65,100
The Women’s Fund of Smith County awarded a $65,100 grant to For the Silent, in support of its proposed program called “Equine-Assisted PsychoTherapy for Victims of Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation.” This program will utilize WFSC funds for partial salaries, venue rent, client travel, boots, meals, and other supplies for victims to participate in on-the-ground equine therapy. Through prevention, survivor care, and community transformation programs, For the Silent works to end sex trafficking and exploitation by empowering the voices of vulnerable and exploited youth.
Habitat for Humanity of Smith County – $70,000
Women & Children Healthy Home Initiative
The sixth grant award of $70,000 was presented to Habitat for Humanity of Smith County and will fund its Women and Children Healthy Home Initiative. This project will provide critical home repairs for those who do not meet the stringent requirements for other existing critical home repair grants. Depending on specific needs, the funds will be used to eliminate mold and mildew, repair roofs, improve ventilation systems, replace hot water heaters, and/or repair holes in floors and ceilings. Habitat for Humanity of Smith County is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing low-income, working families the hope and transforming experience of home ownership. By joining together as neighbors, Habitat for Humanity strives to change the future of families in need and give their children a fair chance for a life of hope.
Literacy Council of Tyler – $83,000
Career Pathways Program
The Women’s Fund presented its seventh and final grant award of $83,000 to the Literacy Council of Tyler (LCOT). The “Empowering Smith County Women through Career Pathways Program” will enhance LCOT’s Business Entrepreneurship program for Spanish speakers, launch Business Entrepreneurship in English, expand Digital Literacy program, and establish Microsoft Office certification. These programs include collaborations with the Christian Women’s Job Corps and the Hispanic Professionals Association. Funds will be used for teacher, childcare, and partial staff salaries; provide classroom materials including laptops; and marketing. The Literacy Council of Tyler believes that education is powerful and can unlock potential. LCOT provides adult education programming including GED preparation, English Language Services, Adult Basic Education, and more.