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Dear Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge Supporter,

Fall has arrived in the High Country! For the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge, Fall means it is grant season. 21 nonprofits from Ashe, Avery, and Watauga have applied to receive grant funding from the WFBR that will fulfill our mission of creating positive change for women and girls. Throughout the year, we have highlighted the 2021 grantees and the essential work that they are doing in our area. Funding these worthy nonprofits is possible because of you!

If you attended the Power of the Purse (POP) luncheon, made a POP donation, bid on a silent auction item, donated a silent auction item, became a POP sponsor, became a member, donated to the 100 Men event, recommended a grant from your charitable foundation, donated items for the Basic Needs Totes or donated just because, then you are part of our collective giving team that defines the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge. Thank you for your faithful and generous support and for being a part of the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge! Look for the list of 2022 Grantees in the December newsletter.

Karen                                  Carolyn

Karen Marinelli                          Carolyn Trinkle
Executive Director                     Operations Manager

2021 Bourbon and Barbeque
During these uncertain times, the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge continues to focus on our mission to create positive change for women and girls in the High Country. With all the news concerning COVID-19 and the Delta variant, we made the difficult decision to cancel the 100 Men’s 2021 Bourbon and Barbeque event that was scheduled for September 16th.  Even without the event, many of our 100 Men participants continued their support and for that we are grateful!

If you would like to donate to the 100 Men event, please use the link below. Thank you for your commitment to our community. We are stronger together!
Grantee Spotlight

The Women's Fund of the Blue Ridge was able to provide over $125,000 in grants to 20 organizations in 2021.  We are going to spotlight organizations in each newsletter so supporters like you can see how your money is making a difference in our area.
“I am astonished at this gift of Double Up Food Bucks. I now shop at the farmers’ market as often as I can,” one farmers’ market customer said as they swiped their SNAP/EBT card at the Tuesday afternoon King Street Market.
Double Up enabled this customer and 262 other families to match the value of their federal nutrition benefits on market day this year. This had an important impact on the families and on our local economy.
Since 2016 Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture has worked to make local food more affordable and accessible to our neighbors with SNAP/EBT cards, WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Vouchers. The program has grown each year however, it has seen a significant increase in participation in the last two years due to 3 key strategies:
  • BRWIA hired a part-time coordinator to cultivate partnerships with allied community organizations to spread the word about the program, creating marketing material for the agencies to share with their clients.
  • The coordinator is a friendly and welcoming face at tailgate farmers’ markets, helping Double Up customers navigate the complicated process of matching their dollars on market days and shares how customers can cook seasonally-fresh food.
  • BRWIA removed the daily match limit of $20, encouraging customers to do more of their regular shopping at farmers’ markets.
The results have been a resounding success! As another recent customer shared, "Double Up has encouraged me and allowed me to connect more with my local farmers and food markets, as well as, feel more connected to the food that I feed my body. Double Up makes it easy to choose to buy local and sustainable products that support the livelihoods of my community and myself." 
For 2021 so far, Double Up matched over $38,250, more than 1.6x the amount doubled in all of 2020, which was a record-breaking year when it matched more than the previous 3 years combined.
Everyone deserves to have access to fresh, local food. Support from the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge ensures that this program is a Win-Win-Win on Market Day.
Because of funding from The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge, WAMY was able to help three single mothers send their children to camp this summer. This was essential for these mothers so that they could continue working to support their families without the additional expense of child care. 

Tami is a single mother working as a housekeeper. She has two children, aged 8 and 10. Her work has just started to pick back up after COVID so she had to find care for the kids this summer. She could not afford $1,150 for camp, but thanks to the Women’s Fund, we were able to provide a scholarship to the children. Sherry is a single mom that had to miss work during COVID because she had no child care when school was out. She got so far behind on her mortgage that she had to go back to work and take out a loan just to pay for child care. WAMY’s mission is to help families become self-sufficient, so the last thing we want to promote is additional debt for child care. Fortunately, we were able to provide a scholarship for her daughter for the summer as well. 
For Alice, a hearing impaired mother raising two children on her own, we were able to keep her children safe and socially engaged while also preventing learning loss through reading and STEM projects each week. Her children were having behavioral problems in school; however, throughout the summer, their behavior improved greatly, which demonstrates how being in a safe and enriching environment can truly help a family grow. 
If the heart of Girls on the Run is empowerment, then the brain of our
organization is empathy. To ultimately empower a person, you must
empathize with them, appreciate their experiences and accept them for who
they are. Each component is only as strong as its counterpart. The same
concept applies when celebrating diversity. Looking outside of yourself,
considering a new perspective and recognizing the beauty of those with
different stories is a critical way to experience life. Everyone benefits from this
mindset, and no one is left behind.

Acknowledging the value of different cultures is fundamental at Girls on the
Run. Our programming and IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access)
work intentionally places emphasis on creating a landscape that is welcoming,
respectful and encouraging to all girls. We are proud of our efforts to foster diversity at Girls on the Run and continuously strive to better understand one another by opening our minds to other people’s realities and embracing our differences and perspectives.
Membership 2021
In 2020, 79 women answered the call to become a member of WFBR raising almost $36,000 for our grant program.  You too can be a part of a passionate community of women with diverse perspectives. 

We believe our collective spirit thrives when we hear all voices.  When we join together, combine our resources and work as a team, we can accomplish what none of us can do on our own.

When you become a member in 2021, you are supporting our grants program as 92% of funds raised through the WFBR membership program goes to our granting program. Membership is an important part of our success in making a difference in the lives of women and girls in the High Country.

Thank you to all of those who have joined already! Please consider joining as a member this year. Membership levels are as follows:
Change Maker
Friend of the Fund
$2,400/yr. - $200/mo.
$1,200/yr. - $100/mo.
$600/yr. - $50/mo.
$300/yr. - $25/mo.
Join us at our website:
Meet Our Board Members
WFBR is fortunate to have 13 dedicated Board members who meet monthly and make decisions regarding the direction of the Women's Fund of the Blue Ridge.  Each newsletter, we are going to highlight a couple of these extraordinary Board members.  

Josette Glover is a wife and mother of two children. She has lived in the high country for over 15 years, and enjoys spending time with her family, travel, reading, exercise, music, drawing, would like to paint more, and has a deep appreciation for the Arts. She has a background in Hotel Sales and Catering, and was the VP of her family-owned business, Boone Ford Lincoln. In addition to the WFBR, she serves on the Advisory board of the Appalachian Summer Festival and on the Committee for the Ashe County Children’s Trust Endowment. She is passionate about helping those in need, and believes that kindness and compassion can truly lift the lives of others.

Lindsay Miller
Originally from Atlanta, Lindsay and her husband moved to the High Country in 2009. She is a wife and mother of two vivacious girls with a yellow lab sidekick named Streeter.

Lindsay enjoys a career in development for Appalachian State University, with a focus in the contemporary visual arts. She volunteers her time with non-profits in the community focusing on education, land conservation and human services. She is passionate about philanthropy and helping to connect people to causes that matter to them.

When not working, Lindsay can be found on the tennis courts or seeking out the next delicious recipe to share with friends.

Jan Rienerth
From Cleveland, Ohio, Jan attended Ohio University as an undergrad and Southern Illinois University for her graduate degrees. She recently retired from teaching Sociology at Appalachian State after 40 years of service. She has been a Guardian ad Litem for many years working with abused, neglected and dependent children. Jan has also been an advisor for Sigma Kappa sorority and serves on the board of the Western Youth Network, an organization she helped found.
Basic Needs Totes Wish List
WFBR distributes Basic Needs Totes that are filled with necessary toiletries and/or cleaning supplies to various non-profits throughout the High Country to pass on to women and girls who are in transition.  In support of this effort, the following items are requested:
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Feminine Products
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Hair brushes, combs, and elastics
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and bodywash
  • Hand soap
  • Deodorant
  • House cleaning supplies (all purpose wipes, pine sol, laundry detergent)
You can view our Amazon wish list at the following link:
Shop Amazon through our link and Amazonsmile will donate to
the Women's Fund of the Blue Ridge.
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