JLG Presents $6,000 in Community Awards

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The Junior League of Greenwich (JLG) is pleased to announce the recipients of its two annual Community Awards.

Girls with Impact Inc, has been selected to receive the Junior League of Greenwich Community Grant Award. This $5000 award provides financial support for a community need not currently being met by Junior League projects or programs. Girls With Impact Inc, is an organization whose mission is to equip girls with the business and leadership skills required of today’s workforce, thereby increasing their college and career successes. Our grant will help fund 18 girls from a low to moderate income background in Greenwich to participate in a 5-day summer camp program at the University of Connecticut, Stamford. The summer camp will provide girls in grades 9-12 with age appropriate activities matching the curriculum of Girls With Impact Academy program.

The JLG Community Service award is given each year to a female high school student who exemplifies the mission of the JLG by demonstrating a sustained commitment to community service. This years award goes to Stephanie Guza, a senior at Sacred Heart in Greenwich.  Stephanie founded the Help End Period Poverty Project to spread awareness, educate others, and provide free feminine hygiene products to women in need. Stephanie organized three fundraisers at her school this past year raising two thousand dollars worth of feminine products which were donated to multiple non-profit organizations supporting low-income and homeless women. She plans to use the $1,000 award to purchase and donate more menstrual products to organizations and shelters in Greenwich. Stephanie will attend University of Richmond in the fall and hopes to expand her project to her new community.

“It is an honor to be able to present the JLG Community Service Award to an exceptional young woman like Stephanie Guza and the JLG Community Grant Award to an exceptional organization that supports and encourages young women to develop themselves as entrepreneurs and volunteers, like Girls With Impact, Inc.” said Clarena McBeth, JLG President-Elect “The Junior League of Greenwich is grateful to all those that applied. It is truly inspiring to know there are so many young women and organizations in Greenwich that strive to make a difference in our community.”

The Junior League of Greenwich has been bettering the community for over 60 years. It is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained individuals. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The JLG is committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals and reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. For more information about the JLG, please contact the Junior League of Greenwich at jlg@jlgreenwich.org or visit the website at www.jlgreenwich.org.