Luzerne County Bar Association Charitable Foundation donates to Women with Children Program

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Dallas, PA – The Luzerne County Bar Association Charitable Foundation recently presented a $1,000 check to the Misericordia University Women with Children (WWC) Program.

WWC was established in 2000 to provide support to women and their children by helping them realize their full potential through higher education. The program provides support, services, housing and financial aid for academically qualified single mothers of any age who are determined to complete their undergraduate degree.

The program has grown steadily from a pilot project to a successful educational model. WWC can support as many as 10 students and up to 20 children in two houses on Lake Street, Dallas. Funding is primarily derived through grants from private foundations, corporations, government agencies and contributions from civic groups and individuals.

“Inquiries far outnumber the available openings in the program,” said Vicki L. Austin, director of the program. “I typically send out two to three informational packets, including a brochure and application, each week and we have only 10 slots available.”

Among those who participated in the check presentation were Emily Bittner, a first-year nursing major, and her daughter Madelyn, 3, who are participants in the WWC program.

For more information about Misericordia University or the Women with Children Program, please log on to www.misericordia.edu or call (570) 674-6728.

Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 32 academic majors on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.

Photo Caption: The Luzerne County Bar Association Charitable Foundation recently presented a $1,000 check to the Misericordia University Women with Children Program. Participating in the presentation, seated from left, are Vicki L. Austin, director, Women with Children Program; and Misericordia University student Emily Bittner, holding Madelyn Bittner, 3; standing, Leslie Bullock, grants and gift research manager, Misericordia University; Michael A. MacDowell, president, Misericordia University; Joe Burke, Esq., executive director, Luzerne County Bar Association Charitable Foundation; and Robert D. Schaub, Esq., president, Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association.