Rita J Bicknell Circle of Friends

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Rita J. Bicknell
Women’s Health Grant Application
The Rita J. Bicknell Women’s Health Fund and Circle of Friends
grant applications are available NOW until 3:30 on Friday, April 28, 2017.
Find the link to the application here
We look forward to receiving your application.

The Rita J Bicknell Women's Health Endowed Fund is a giving circle whose members contribute $2000 annually. Each year members of the Women's Health Fund Giving Circle review grant applications and approve funds for programs fulfilling the Fund’s mission. Since 2007 over $140,000 has funded grants for women. Additional information on this endowed fund is available to potential members by contacting the Foundation office: 620.231.8897

http://www.southeastkansas.org/assets/content/2017_RJB WGC_grant_application.docx

Members of the Women’s Health Fund Giving Circle invited others to join them in creating the Rita J Bicknell Circle of Friends Giving Circle The two giving circles share a common mission statement. The Circle of Friends annual gift is $250. Members meet to review grant applications and approve funds for programs fulfilling the mission.

Circle of Friends Grant Recipients 2016

Hannah’s Promise Pregnancy Life Center: Improving Life and Empowering Women will use the grant funding for daily operations to assist homeless women to break the cycle of poverty and abuse.    

Interlocal 637-PHS Low Incidence Program: The ‘We Belong’ project will purchase a stackable washer /dryer to be installed at PHS so all 246 ‘at risk’ female students can have the opportunity for improved personal hygiene and cleanliness.   

Mount Carmel Foundation: Co-Pay Assistance will help breast cancer patients afford oral chemotherapies.                                                                              ___________________________________________________________________________                    

Circle of Friends Grant Recipients 2015

Interlocal #637- PCMS: Purchase 3 three wheeled bicycles, safety helmets and bicycle locks for physical fitness initiative  

Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes: Elizabeth Polk: “A Time to Dance” exhibit at the Lowell Milken Center  

Mount Carmel Foundation: Ready for Recovery: Cancer Treatment Planners  

PSU Enactus: Community Employment Program 

Women’s Resource Center of SEK: Rapid testing equipment for Bacterial Vaginosis and Trichomoniasis     


Circle of Friends Grant Recipients 2014

Hannahs Promise Pregnancy Life Center Inc:  Provide curriculum for the Earn While You Learn Parenting Program  

Southeast Kansas Interlocal #637:  Purchase educational DVD’s for young girls and teen-age girls on self care and self care training; purchase instruments such as blood pressure cuffs and thermometer to promote health  

Women’s Resource Center of Southeast Kansas:  Purchase one Mobile Electronic Tablet and Keyboard to provide interactive education on pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections/diseases  


Circle of Friends Grant Recipients 2013

Elm Acres: grant to update Wii gaming system. 

Lowell Milken Center: Unsung Heroes in Women’s Health History.  There will be an exhibit developed with the funds focusing on History of women’s health and its leaders.  There is a collaborative effort with Mercy Hospital in Ft Scott and how underserved women’s health is.  We will ask to know when the exhibit is ready so you can visit the center. 

Enactus/PSU formerly SIFE:   This is part of their Building Southeast Kansas; Planting Seeds of Change. The grant will help fund monthly employment workshops for women living at Renewal House and others referred by local service agencies. At these workshops women learn interviewing skills, computer skills, job application assistance and transportation costs are covered.  The grant will also help in purchasing appropriate clothing from resale shops,  and Wal-Mart  to wear when interviewing.

Ronald McDonald House: Funds will purchase books for the two Women’s Resource Libraries, one in each wing of the building.  These libraries will make resources readily available to mother’s during their stay to help cope with the physical and emotional strain they encounter during the postpartum period with a seriously ill child.  There is an exit survey sent to each family and a question about the library and its usefulness will be added so they can track the effectiveness and success of the program.

Family Resource Center: In a collaborative effort the Family Resource Center and the Community Health Center is providing women’s wellness screenings and nutrition/weight counseling for the women at the Family Resource Center. The project is for seven months bringing preventative services to the staff.

 Labette Health: The grant will purchase a nursing chair for the private room dedicated to the lactation program.   The State of Kansas has adopted guidelines for the formation and support of lactation programs in the work place. A private small room at the  hospital will provide an area for lactating moms who are employed at the hospital and others to use.  The grant will also purchase educational dvds and materials to be available in the room.    This is a third phase of  the breast feeding program that the Women’s Giving Circle has aided in the past with the purchase of breast pumps used by new Moms

As the giving circle grows, so does its impact for the good of women when new members are added. Contact the Foundation office, 620 231 8897 to learn more.

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