PCN receives $10,600 grant

For the Daily Call

PIQUA — Piqua Compassion Network, a network of people devoted to changing lives by providing a path to stability by meeting basic needs in times of crisis and helping others rise above poverty, received a $10,600 grant from Give Where You Live of Miami County.

Piqua Compassion Network transforms lives by providing Christian hope, education, and basic needs assistance to Piqua area residents. They are committed to providing a hand up by empowering individuals to move forward from crisis and poverty. Their programs include:

1. Basic Needs Assistance — Crisis assistance for those who cannot meet basic needs such as utilities, work shoes, diapers, prescriptions, gasoline for appointments and potentially other concerns.

2. Getting Ahead Sequence — Working in depth with those who desire to move from Welfare to stability through a three part series including Getting Ahead, Steps to Change (financial package) and Jobs for Life. Graduates from this program have maintained and improved their employment, attended college and/or purchased homes.

For more info about Piqua Compassion Network, visit http://pcncares.org, email pcnempowers@gmail.com,or visit the Facebook page

Give Where You Live of Miami County, a group of women and men, started in 2015. It is a Giving Circle and was patterned after the operations of 100-plus women. They meet four times a year, and each member brings a blank check for $100. Every member can nominate a Miami County charity. Members who come to the meeting can put the name of the charity they want to speak about into the hat. Three names are drawn at random at each meeting. Selected members make a five-minute presentation about each cause. Then there is a five-minute Q&A about the presentations. Then they vote on which cause to support and the top vote-getting charity then receives all the checks, made out to them on the spot.

As of August, Give Where You Live has given over $66,000 to local charities. Membership to Give Where You Live of Miami County is open throughout the year. Their next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 9, at the Zion Lutheran Church, 14 W. Walnut St. in Tipp City. Meetings start promptly at 7 p.m.

For more information, or to sign up as a member, visit www.givewhereyoulive.wix.com/miamicounty or e-mail questions to givewhereyoulive.mc@gmail.com.

For the Daily Call