From Girls on the Run of Harford & Cecil Counties:
Girls on the Run of Harford & Cecil Counties has been awarded a grant from the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County Fund of the Community Foundation of Harford County for $2,250 for the Fall 2016 Season.
Girls on the Run is a nonprofit physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. Trained volunteers teach important life skills to small teams of girls using an intentionally designed curriculum that includes fun team activities, dynamic discussions and running games. Participants are inspired to recognize their power and potential through lessons that focus on personal development, team work and contribution to their communities.
Girls on the Run currently serves girls in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and will reach over 200,000 participants this year. Girls on the Run of Harford & Cecil Counties (GOTRHCC), the local council, was formed in January of 2015 and will be conducting its fourth season this fall.
The grant from the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County will support GOTRHCC’s growth initiative, which aims to increase the number of girls served by providing program scholarships to girls in underserved communities in Harford County. The grant funding will provide scholarships to more than 15 girls throughout Harford County.
“Girls on the Run envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams,” says Council Director Katie Wirth. “This grant from the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County will help move this vision forward by allowing our organization to extend to communities that have not had access to our programming.”
The vision of the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County, “to empower and mentor women as they develop in community leadership and effect change through collaborative giving,” aligns with one of the three areas of focus of the Girls on the Run curriculum: understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. The Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County’s mission to “engage women of all generations in the power of community philanthropy” and Girls on the Run’s community impact projects go hand in hand.
About the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County
The Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County is dedicated to engaging women of all generations in the power of community philanthropy. Members’ contributions of time, talent and financial resources address the needs of women and families. Through education and increased awareness of local needs, they make a difference in the lives of women and their families throughout Harford County.
About Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd-8th grade girls that has served over one million girls across the country. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls. The 10-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5k event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.