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Sharing the joy of giving…

WomenConnected is a philanthropic women’s giving circle within the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation where women have the opportunity to combine their charitable contributions and as a group, manage and grant funds to Sarah Bush Lincoln programs and services.

There are two levels of membership. Women donate annual gifts of $500 or $1,000. Membership contributions are pooled together with 75 percent used to provide grants, the other 25 percent into a temporarily restricted endowment that can be used if a specific need arises at Sarah Bush Lincoln. Some SBL programs and services funded include cardiovascular screenings, nursing education, nutrition counseling for overweight children and diabetes programs. Since its inception in 2003, WomenConnected has granted more than $550,000 to SBL.

In FY19, WomenConnected awarded $59,220 in grants to 16 SBL programs. The following were the awards:

  • $3,600 - Body Electric – Cyber Bullying/Social Media Safety presentations to area schools

  • $1,000 - Healthy Communities – Fitness equipment for select elementary classrooms

  • $1,000 - Women & Children’s Unit – Bereavement Program

  • $1,200 - Center for Healthy Living – Partial scholarships for indigent patients

  • $4,311 - Dental Program – Oral Hygiene Kits for children in more than 60 schools throughout the region

  • $500 - Dental Program – Oral Hygiene Kits – Adults

  • $700 - Peace Meal Wellness – Educational opportunities for residents in and around Toledo.

  • $1,000 - Peace Meal Wellness – Education and luncheons for low-income women in Mattoon.

  • $21,609 - Dental Program – Preventative/Restorative Fund

  • $4,300 - Healthy Communities – Healthy Hero Challenge

  • $20,000 - Capital Campaign – “Life…Nothing Beats It” Campaign Pledge

WomenConnected meets six times per year with three of those being a members-only “Lunch with the CEO” with SBL President & CEO Jerry Esker.

If you would like to learn more about WomenConnected or to join, please contact Amy Card in the SBL Health Foundation at 217/ 258-2511.


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