S60C taking applications

Published 8:44 pm Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Many non-profit organizations are feeling the crunch this year, but one local volunteer organization is doing their part to help provide cash and volunteers to organizations in need.

Suffolk 60 Care is now accepting applications through March 1 from local 501(c)3 organization seeking volunteers and funding.

“Non-profits must explore all possible avenues of funding, as well as increasing their services with little overhead through the use of committed volunteers,” Suffolk 60 president Ashley Greene said. “Our grants process is very clear and concise and our dedicated grants team is committed to reviewing all eligible applicants.”

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Suffolk 60 began five years ago by 60 women seeking to make a positive impact on the community. Today, the groups works to “provide quality volunteerism by acting as a catalyst for community change while developing individual potential through leadership,” Greene said.

Organizations seeking to enhance diversity, education, poverty intervention, family preservation and health are encouraged to fill out an application.

Organizations that apply are benefited by the members of Suffolk 60, who put in a number of volunteer hours a year, and the money granted through Suffolk 60.

In the past five years, Suffolk 60 has granted over $140,000 to local agencies and organizations.

Last year’s recipients of Suffolk 60 grants included ForKids, YMCA, REACH, The Up Center, The Salvation Army and the United Way of South Hampton Roads’ Raising a Reader program.

In addition to the volunteer hours members must donate each year, members also volunteer services toward Suffolk 60’s signature project, which is the focus organization for the year. Last year’s project was For Kids, which received $8,400 in grants and additional volunteer resources.

While the application process for organizations ends March 1, Suffolk 60 accepts application for membership year round.

“We want to encourage membership recruitment so we can continue to grow and add to our amazing pool of talented and dedicated women so we can impact even more Suffolk organizations in need of volunteers, and give back to the Suffolk community at large,” Greene said. “We want to truly be an organization of (at least) 60 Women Bridging Communities.”