CTMC Women’s Council gives back to the community
The Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Women’s Council once again awarded impact grants to local non-profits that make a difference in the lives of women and children in Hays County. This year, six organizations received a portion of the available $16,000 in grant funding at the Council’s third annual Grants Award Ceremony on May 15.
Established in 2010, the Women’s Council is a unique fundraising committee of the CTMC Foundation that utilizes member dues to fund its efforts rather than traditional events and activities. Each year, the Council gives half of its impact grants to the CTMC Women’s Center and awards the other half to other non-profits serving women and children in Hays County. To date, the Council has provided $53,000 in funding.
At the Grants Award Ceremony, members of the Women’s Council awarded funds to the following organizations:
• Bluebonnet Lion’s Club Reach Out and Read Program – $500
• GenAUSTIN Programs for Hays County Adolescent Girls — $1,800
• Hays Caldwell Women’s Center Fresh & Nutritiuous Client Meals — $1,500
• Samaritan Center Counseling services for uninsured women — $1,000
• Scheib Center Skills kitchen for mentally disabled clients — $3,200
The remaining $8,000 portion of this year’s funding was allocated to the CTMC Women’s Center for fetal monitoring telemetry equipment that will allow soon-to-be mothers who are utilizing CTMC’s laboring tub to stay in the tub while their babies are monitored. Remaining funds will be used to purchase breast pumps for the Women’s Center’s growing breast feeding initiatives.
Last year, the Council granted $10,000 to the Women’s Center to create a new Remembrance Garden and grief support services for anyone who experiences the loss of an infant or child. In addition, two state-of-the-art breast pumps were purchased and additional funding was provided for CTMC’s Honeysuckle Mommy Baby Boutique that opened at the hospital earlier this month. The store offers lactation supplies and support seven days per week.
Now in its fourth year of operation, the Council has grown to 68 active members. For more information about joining the Women’s Council or their activities, please call the CTMC Foundation office directly at 512-753-3687, or learn more at www.ctmc.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ thewomenscouncil.