News Release: 12/19/2016

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December 19, 2016
Women’s Giving Circle Awards Grant to Girls on the Run of North Central West Virginia
The Women’s Giving Circle of North Central West Virginia recently awarded a $2500 grant to Girls on the Run (GOTR) of North Central West Virginia, a physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade. Program participants develop their confidence, learn about building healthy relationships and participate in a community service project while becoming physically and emotionally prepared to complete a 5k. The Women’s Giving Circle is committed to building a community of thoughtful women philanthropists and to creating a legacy to address the needs of women and girls in North Central West Virginia.
“We are thrilled to receive this funding from the Women’s Giving Circle, which will provide financial assistance for girls in Taylor County to participate in the GOTR program,” said Laurie Abildso, Executive Director of GOTR of North Central West Virginia. “We recently expanded our territory and are excited to welcome Taylor County to our GOTR family.  This grant will help us reach all interested girls, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.”
GOTR of North Central West Virginia impacts the lives of over 600 girls each year. Programs are held at participating schools in the following counties: Barbour, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Taylor, and Wetzel. Through the support of generous grantors like the Women’s Giving Circle, sponsors and individual donors, scholarships are provided to nearly 40 percent of program participants. With the help of the Women’s Giving Circle, GOTR of North Central West Virginia looks forward to continuing to grow and inspire more girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.
Spring 2017 program registration opens on January 9, 2017. The season begins the week of March 6, and concludes with the celebratory MedExpress GOTR of North Central West Virginia 5K on May 21. More info:
******* About Girls on the Run of North Central West Virginia ******* 

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd- 8th grade girls. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls. The 10-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5K event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. MedExpress Urgent Care is the title
sponsor for Girls on the Run of North Central WV. Founding sponsor, Mon General Hospital, and platinum sponsor, HealthWorks Rehab & Fitness, have been partners with the organization since its founding in 2007. March-Westin joined as a platinum sponsor for 2017.
Laurie Abildso, Council Director, (304) 685-4140