WIN grant applications advance to final presentations


PERU — The next gathering of the Women Inspired Network (WIN) will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru.

During the gathering, executive leaders from three local social service agencies will present their proposals for an $8,700 grant being offered by the members of WIN. Voting by WIN members will take place Oct. 1-13 and grant checks will be awarded in November at the first annual WIN Celebration of Giving.

Presenters on Sept. 24, include:

Tracy Beattie, president/CEO of Starved Rock Regional Center, regarding additional resources for the Autism Resource Center.

Executive director Susan Bursztynsky of ADV/SAS, who is also proposing an agency geographic expansion to better serve area residents. ADV/SAS has also requested $2750 for a Recognize, Respond, Refer Awareness Campaign to raise awareness and prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Michael Zernek, executive director of Freedom House, will explain a proposal requesting $8,500 for expansion of the Youth Empowerment Program, which helps pre-teen boys and girls, aged 9-12, improve self-esteem, maintain a positive body image, deal with peer pressure and prevent bullying.

All women are invited to attend WIN gatherings. The Sept. 24 meeting is a salad and dessert potluck and a fee of $2 will be charged for all attendees. RSVP is requested. To learn more, visit WIN on Facebook or on the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation website at, or call the SRCCF at 815-252-2906.