Welfare League announces $26,070 in grants to 21 groups

The Marietta Welfare League dispersed $26,070.42 in grant funding to 21 Washington County organizations Tuesday.

The money granted was $3,900 more than what was raised last year.

One of the beneficiaries was Alice Chapman, the chair and founder of The Ely Chapman Education Foundation.

The money from the grant will be used to upgrade the technology currently in place in the organization, she said.

“The main computer we have been using is from the year 2004 and has an antenna on the back in order to pick up the Internet,” Chapman said. “Replacing this computer will improve how our nonprofit operates and will allow us to filter down our old technology to the children.”

Another recipient, Debi Stengel, the administrator of the Washington County Woman’s Home, said she is grateful for the continued assistance from the Marietta Welfare League.

“In the past they were gracious enough to help us replace several mattresses and box springs,” Stengel said. “This time the money will be going toward a commercial refrigerator so that we will be within food service and health department regulations.”

The grants make a big difference to many organizations, she said.

“I think they are vitally important to the community and deserve to be recognized,” Stengel said. “Our ladies greatly appreciate everything that they have done for us.”

The most difficult job for the league members is often trying to decide how to allocate its funds, members said.

“Women and children’s organizations have always been near and dear to our hearts but really any group that will benefit the community is eligible to receive a grant,” said Nicole Coil, head of the league’s finance committee. “Due to our limited funds we try to see how well the money will be utilized so that it will benefit the most people possible.”

There are two requirements that need to be met in order for an organization to be eligible for a grant. The organization needs to be located in Washington County and the money must be used for a specific program rather than to pay for expenses or salaries.

The money for each grant is raised through the League Shop, a coffee/gift shop located in Marietta Memorial Hospital.

“We all take turns volunteering and working alongside a few regular employees so we can donate the majority of the profits for the grant process,” Coil said.

The Welfare League is currently comprised of 27 members and each one volunteers at the League Shop at some time during the year.

Amy Elliott, president of the league, said she is extremely pleased with the League Shop and their arrangement with the hospital.

“The hospital allows us to have the space required for the League Shop rent free, so we are very grateful for such a generous agreement,” Elliott said. “They do it both as a service to the community and to their employees since our shop stays open longer than the cafeteria.”