100WomenStrong’s challenge to the community to help raise money to support schools in some of Loudoun’s poorest neighborhoods has a taker.
Wealth management firm Pactolus has donated $67,000 to 100WomenStrong to match the challenge the nonprofit philanthropy organization made at its 10th anniversary celebration. The funds will help expand the Community School Initiative, which supports several programs at include Forest Grove, Sugarland, Guilford, Sully, Sterling, and Rolling Ridge elementary schools and to help fund a social worker within the school system whose job it will be to support the program.
The CSI began as a pilot program at Sterling Elementary School in 2015. It was spearheaded by 100WomenStrong, is overseen by LCPS and the Loudoun Education Foundation, and is designed to bring together nonprofits, private companies, and government agencies for the benefit of students, their parents and the surrounding community.
“I have watched this program flourish over the years and have been very impressed with 100WomenStrong’s innovative approach to supporting education in Loudoun County,” said Alan Harter, CEO and founder of Pactolus LLC. “I am proud to invest in this initiative and offer the group and the school system the opportunity to help level the playing field for these children and their families.”
With the Community School Initiative, vulnerable children and their families have better access to a range of wraparound services addressing health issues, language barriers, food insecurity and school readiness. When these programs are made available at the school, working parents do not have to worry about how to ensure their children can participate in activities and enrichment programs. The CSI also includes programs that are designed to increase parental involvement and help children improve both attendance and grades. Most of the CSI activities are offered free of charge or at reduced cost, thanks to the generous donations of time and services from numerous community organizations.
Karen G. Schaufeld, founder and president of 100WomenStrong, said she’s thrilled to have Pactolus supporting the organization’s work to improve education in the county. And she put the call out to others.
“It will take close to $400,000 to support the expansion of the CSI for the next three years, and we are hoping others will take Pactolus’s lead,” she said. “Frankly, an investment in children and families in underserved areas of Loudoun County is an investment in the overall health and well-being of the entire county.”
Learn more about the CSI program at onehundredwomenstrong.org/our-impact/community-schools-initiative.