The Sisters of Mercy Many Faces of Mercy Giving Circle last week celebrated its 15th anniversary of awarding grants to non-profit agencies that serve local women and girls.
Grants totaling $17,100 were distributed to nine agencies during a ceremony at Mercy Center.
Grants were awarded to Every Person Influences Children, or EPIC, which will provide two six-week parenting workshops to mothers residing at Cornerstone Manor; Family Justic Center of Erie County for transportation assistance to help women escape domestic abuse; Gerard Place, which offers a job readiness training program to help mothers break out of the cycle of poverty; and Homespace Corp. for its Mommy and Me program.
Other award recipients were Immaculata Home, which provides programs for women transitioning from incarceration; Jericho Road Community Health Center, to assist with building its English-as-a-second language learning tools; and Journey's End Refugee Services to help provide services for refugee women.
Also awarded grants were Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo to help fund afterschool outside enrichment activities; St. Luke's Mission of Mercy for its Baby Room Project assisting new mothers and their infants; and Somali Bantu Community Organization of Buffalo for programs that focus on homework assistance, academic skill building and English immersion through its afterschool program.
The Many Faces of Mercy Giving Circle in Buffalo is a philanthropic group sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy to encourage, inspire and educate laywomen to become more effective philanthropists. In the past decade, it has distributed $292,282 in grants to 56 different non-profits.