Pearls with a Passion


Pearls with a Passion

Pearls with a Passion is a women’s giving society.  This initiative brings women together with a common goal – to create powerful communities through passionate giving®.  This fund empowers women to get involved, unites women across our region, impacts lives forever, celebrates the role of women in our community and inspires others to give.

Pearls with a Passion members make an annual contribution of $250 or more. Pearl Members are invited to the annual Pearls with a Passion dinner in December.  At this event, members vote for the grant area of interest for the following year.  Each year, six (6) randomly selected members join the Infinity Pearls to review grant applications.

With a lifetime giving of $25,000 to the Pearls with a Passion Fund, members become Infinity Pearls. Infinity Pearls establish the demographical area for granting.  Infinity Pearls define grantmaking criteria and finalize grant recommendations. At the annual dinner, Infinity Pearls vote to determine the grant area of interest for the coming year.

Pearls with a Passion has provided $129,000 to 40 programs in Lycoming and Union Counties.

2020 Grant Recipients:

AIDS Resource Alliance, Inc. received $3,000 for their HIV Self-Testing Initiative. With the disruption of service due to stay-at-home orders because of COVID-19, this allows at-risk individuals to easily test at home and submit for results via mail.

Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries was granted $5,100 to fill the gap in funding lost to cancelled fundraisers and reduced partner grants to continue offering behavior health services to under-insured or uninsured individuals during the pandemic.

Expectations Women's Center received $5,100 to replace outdated telephone systems in their Williamsport and Lewisburg offices and purchase cell phones to reach clients via text if facility directors return to a work-from-home scenario.

Firetree Place received $5,200 to provide scholarships to children for their before-school and after-school care programs and to cover costs to pave a drive-thru path for attendee drop-off/pick-up and family food distribution.

Hughesville Area Public Library was granted $2,500 to purchase hot-spots to allow for internet access for local patrons, educational STEM kits to loan out to families for at-home use, and cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment for the safety of employees and visitors.

Oxford House received $1,100 in funding to cover rent, utilities and supplies for women residents committed to sobriety while recovering from alcohol and drug abuse.

YWCA of Northcentral PA was granted $1,000 for loose/comfortable clothing to stock the UPMC  exam room for women being treated for sexual assault, as well as after-care kits with information on services, hygiene and self-care items, for YWCA advocates responding to the victims.

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