2020 Women of Grace: Lifting Up Women in Our Community
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Community members joined us through the month of November as we share the Honorees' stories on email, social media, and through local press including the Coastal Star and Palm Beach Post. 

A Spotlight on the Women of Grace Honorees' Nominating Organizations
Lt. Patricia Brown was nominated by Take Stock In Children
Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students to escape the cycle of poverty through education. To be awarded their college scholarships, students must stay in school, meet weekly with their volunteer mentor, maintain good grades, exhibit good behavior, remain crime and drug free, attend program workshops geared towards academic success and meet regularly with their assigned College Readiness Coach. With the help of their community partners Take Stock in Children has successfully awarded over $12M in Florida Prepaid College Scholarships to Palm Beach County’s most deserving students. Each student is matched with a caring adult mentor who meets with the student at his/her school for an hour each week. Mentors provide academic and behavioral motivation, guidance, friendship, support and are encouraged to continue their service over a multi-year period with their Take Stock in Children student. In Palm Beach County, they serve over 500 students in the public middle and high schools, and have over 480 active mentors that meet with their students weekly. Because the students have the opportunity and support, they are able to attend many of the top universities and colleges in the State of Florida and earn their degree as a first-generation college graduate.
Dr. Marla Dudak was nominated by Caridad Center
Caridad Center is the largest free clinic in Florida, and one of the largest in the country in terms of people served. They see more than 36,000 patient visits annually, thanks to an army of dedicated volunteers providing medical, dental, vision and mental services for the unemployed. Caridad Center, the clinic of last resort, has become a life saver for these needy families. Caridad Center is a place where people without money and insurance can receive medical, dental eye and mental care. The Caridad Center is an organization that progressively and systematically has developed programs that improve the quality of life for the children and families served by the center. By implementing several social service programs, educational programs, as well as health programs, it strives to ensure the total well-being for the children and families in our community. Currently, the clinic hosts a diabetic prevention and education program, women’s breast care and cancer screening, after school educational enrichment programs that model a tutoring and mentoring format, a pediatric dental program, a social services outreach program that aims to assess and meet the social needs of underserved families, a comprehensive mental health program and vision care, where minor eye surgeries are also performed.
Tandy Robinson was nominated by Impact 100 Palm Beach County

In its 10th anniversary year, Impact 100 Palm Beach County has contributed more than $3.8 million in grants to local nonprofit efforts in arts, culture, and historic preservation; education; environment and animal welfare; family; and health and wellness. It is comprised of a growing number of over 500 women who donate $1,000 annually, pool all funds and vote to award grants to nonprofits serving southern Palm Beach County. Impact 100 PBC’s goal for this 10th year is to increase its membership in order to award more grants to deserving nonprofits in our community. 

"Since we founded our organization almost ten years ago, Impact 100 Palm Beach County has continued to grow not only in number, but in heart,” said Kathy Adkins, President, Impact 100 Palm Beach County.

“We strive to connect, engage and inspire women to improve our community by collectively funding impactful $100,000 grants to nonprofits in our area that are dedicated to addressing the challenges facing our community. The more members we have, the more money we can give to nonprofits in southern Palm Beach County."

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