• Women’s Impact Network Announces $60,000 in Grants to New Hanover Non-Profits

    Wilmington, NC— Friday, May 8, 2020 May: The Women’s Impact Network (WIN) has announced the recipients of its 2020 grants to five local organizations involved in improving the environment for New Hanover County and its residents.  (see list on pages 2-3)

    WIN’s theme for 2020 is Environment and 45 local organizations were invited to apply for grants, with two large and three smaller grants being awarded for a total of $60,000.

    The grant recipients were notified on Thursday, May 7th. For questions regarding this news release, contact WIN Chair Kristine Moore, 713-927-7364, win4nhc@gmail.com or Katherine Schultz, 571-384-0772, moraviangal@gmail.com.

    Women’s Impact Network of Wilmington

    WIN is a diverse group of 100 women who aim to harness the power of collective giving, to make a positive impact in New Hanover County. WIN makes grants to non-profits every year for projects focused on a specific area. Since its inception in 2011, WIN has donated $377,000 in grants to 23 different community organizations in New Hanover County.   

    Cape Fear River Watch:  Awarded $25,000               

    Cape Fear River Watch’s (CFRW) mission is to protect and improve the water quality of the Cape Fear River Basin for all people through education, advocacy and action. We believe in long-term, equitable, and trusted relationships with communities impacted by environmental injustice. “ WIN’s grant will enable CFRW to:

  • §  Engage New Hanover County’s communities of color and low-income communities in Cape Fear River Watch’s successful Creekwatchers program. Creekwatchers is a hands-on citizen science initiative allowing community members to ‘adopt’ a creek.
  • §  Create a Civic Engagement Training Program to educate the community and decision-makers about environmental justice
  • Contact: Dana Sargent, 910-444-8080 dana@cfrw.us http://capefearriverwatch.org/media/

    Alliance for Cape Fear Trees:  Awarded $23,000               

    The Alliance for Cape Fear Trees protects, preserves, and plants trees for the health of the community and the environment. The proposed project, using WIN funds, will: 

  • §  Increase the number of trees by 150 in Wilmington’s Southside neighborhood. Historically this neighborhood had few street trees as many similar areas. Most of what they did have were older and destroyed during Hurricane Florence.
  • §  This planting will also be one of the first tree planting events under the City’s new Tree Initiative to grow the area’s tree canopy. WIN funds will position the Alliance for continued growth and increase its volunteer work of protecting and planting trees.

Contact: Connie Parker, 910-352-2203 (cell), connieparker88@gmail.com https://www.allianceforcapefeartrees.com


Keep New Hanover Beautiful:  Awarded $5,000

Keep New Hanover Beautiful will expand the volunteer-led Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) that collects, recycles and raises awareness of cigarette litter pollution. WIN funds will be used to purchase 15 stand-up collection canisters for placement in downtown Wilmington to keep this toxic litter out of our soil and water and turning it into recycled material and compost.


 Winter Park Parents-Teacher Association (PTA):  Awarded $5,000

Winter Park PTA will expand Winter Park’s Waste Free Wednesday cafeteria recycling and education program. WIN funds will also support expanding the program to five additional New Hanover County schools in 2021. The program replaces plastic cafeteria items with compostable substitutes one day each week, reducing cafeteria waste from an average of 20 bags of trash to 2. The material is turned into compost that is returned to the school to fortify gardens where students grow produce and flowers and learn about soil, plants, and ecosystems.

 Contact: Mari Jabaley   jibajaba@gmail.com 


The Children’s Museum of Wilmington:  Awarded $2,000

The Children’s Museum of Wilmington will use the WIN funds to support a new interactive environmental water quality and conservation exhibit. The goal of this exhibit is to educate visitors on the importance of water, the impact of pollutants, and how water is filtered through both natural and man-made processes.

Contact: Julia Gerringer, 910-254-3534, jgerringer@playwilmington.org


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