Six non-profit organizations in Jefferson County received the first grants awarded by the Women's Giving Circle of Jefferson County.

The six organizations - Girls Inc., the Jefferson County Transitional Services for Women Inc., LifeSpring Inc., the Madison Consolidated Schools AVID Program, Region 15 Children's Advocacy Center Inc. and The Rivers Institute at Hanover College - were announced as grant recipients following the votes cast by the Women's Giving Circle during a membership meeting earlier this month.

Girls Inc. plans to create an Economic Literacy Program with the funding. The hands-on program will help teach girls about saving money, fiscal responsibility and charitable giving.

The Jefferson County Transitional Services for Women Inc. and the Ruth Haven House program will use the grant funding to provide professional mental heath support for participants in the Healthy Beginnings for a Healthy Future Program.

LifeSpring will use a portion of the grant funding for two sessions of parenting classes for LifeSpring and Head Start clients.

Madison Consolidated Schools plan to help make college dreams become a reality for community youth by expanding the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program to Madison Consolidated Middle School.

Region 15 Children's Advocacy Center Inc. received funding that will be used for training and registration for the local Jefferson County law enforcement Child Abuse/Neglect Response Team.

The Rivers Institute plans to fund transportation for Jefferson County elementary school children to attend the Rivers Institute's education workshops and classes.

The grants - funded by part of the $100 membership dues of group members - totaled more $15,000 for 2012, a release from the organization said.

The Women's Giving Circle awards funds to 501(c)3 organizations that have the greatest potential to help Jefferson County women and children, the release said. Non-profit organizations must fall under the four Fields of Interest of education, economic empowerment, physical and mental health, and violence and crime.

Nearly 150 of the 215 members of the Women's Giving Circle attended the membership meeting March 14 or voted by absentee to decide on the grant recipients.

For more information or to join the Women's Giving Circle of Jefferson County, potential members may contact the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County at (812) 265-3327 or online at