The Richmond Register

October 20, 2012

New Opportunity School gets $40,000 grant


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — The New Opportunity School for Women recently was awarded a $40,000 grant from The W.H.O. Foundation (Women Helping Others).

Since 1987, the New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) has been improving the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income, middle-aged women of South Central Kentucky. Outreach workshops, and career and educational counseling services make up the majority of their year-round programs. As many as 500 women yearly have benefitted from NOSW's programs, which include career and education outreach and counseling.

Established in 1993, the W.H.O. Foundation is committed to encouraging women everywhere to help others through community service, supporting organizations dedicated to the needs of women, children and families in crisis. W.H.O. has been enlightening, educating and empowering women and families for nearly 18 years, and has awarded over 4.9 million dollars in grants.

A check presentation is scheduled for noon Nov. 3 at the NOSW Graduate Reunion Luncheon and the 25th Anniversary Celebration to be at First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 204 Chestnut Street in Berea.

NOSW volunteer Donna Rulon applied for the grant on behalf of the organization.

“I’m so inspired to volunteer by the work the New Opportunity School for Women does,” Rulon said. “They have helped hundreds of women—and in turn their families—completely change their lives. It gives women hope when they think there is none.”

In an unfortunate event, the NOSW suffered an incredible loss last December when it was robbed, then burned to the ground.

“They lost everything,” Rulon said. “All supplies, records, computers and clothing closet. Nothing was left. So, the school has really had to regroup and start over.”

So for Donna, her access to a W.H.O. Volunteer Service Grant seemed like the perfect opportunity to give a big boost to the rebuilding school.

“Working with charitable organizations is a cornerstone of the W.H.O. Foundation, said Cindy Turek, Executive Director of the W.H.O. Foundation. “I felt such a deserving organization needed our help. My hope is that this inspires others to give to a school that does so much.”

Visit www.WHOfoundation.org and www.nosw.org to learn more about the organizations.