POP awards $22,075 to local organizations

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Members of Power of the Purse (POP).

Power of the Purse presented grants totaling $22,075 to seven local nonprofit organizations in 2021. Power of the Purse is an organization of women who donate annually for a fund supporting projects to benefit women and children in our Cowley County community.

Organizations receiving support include Angels in the Attic, Ark City Public Library, Cowley House of Hope, Cowley Cares Coalition, Elevate Cowley County, REACH, and Soroptimist International of Arkansas City.

• Angels in the Attic ($2,000): Warm Coats/Happy Hearts. Families meet with a representative of Angels in the Attic at Wal-Mart for coat purchases. Single mothers and teenage children are given gift cards to use at Factory Connection. Angels in the Attic cooperates with the Arkansas City Kiwanis and several other private donors help with hats, gloves and scarves.

• Arkansas City Public Library (ACPL) ($2,500): ACPL will partner with the newly forming LoveNJoy Girls Group to install a Storywalk at Lovie Watson Park. A Storywalk is an outdoor reading experience where a children’s book is placed in a permanent display along a walking trail.

• Cowley House of Hope ($2,960): Cowley House of Hope provides short-term cold-weather care for women and children stranded in our county or threatened by a domestic circumstance to ensure they will not be left out in the cold or placed at risk in any other way.

• Cowley Cares Coalition Fund ($6,600): This fund was created to assist single mothers who are actively working to improve their lives and the lives of their children. Research shows caring for a mother reflects care to the children, families and ultimately improves entire communities. The Cowley Cares Coalition assistance encourages participants to be self-sufficient and productive members of the community. Eagle Nest, Inc. while working in cooperation with other local agencies administers the fund.

• Elevate Cowley County ($3,000): This project continues the work of helping families overcome poverty. Awarded funds will be used to support the next class and provide an emergency fund.

• REACH ($2,015): Funding will create a lending library of communication (voice output) devices for toddlers with language delays.

• Soroptimist International of Arkansas City ($3,000): The Sock Plus Project has been funded by the Soroptimist and the generosity of Power of the Purse for several years. The project provides socks, undergarments, and sweat pants for Pre-K through 5th grade students.

Power of the Purse was established with Legacy Regional Community Foundation in 2007. Since inception, POP members have given a grand total of $270,000 in grants and scholarships in Cowley County. POP operates by combining membership contributions into a pool of funds to award grants and scholarships serving their mission to better the lives of women and children.

To join Power of the Purse or request additional information, contact Legacy Foundation.

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