Women Leaders Award $20,000 in Grants
April 11, 2018
For Immediate Release.
Teri McNally, Executive Director
The Community Foundation
The Community Foundation Convenes Women Leaders,
Awards $20,000 in Grants to Local Girls and Women
The Women and Girls Fund of The Community Foundation gathered local women leaders to choose grant recipients to benefit from their female-focused endowment this week.
“Women are thriving more than ever before and it is our turn in the Fredericksburg region as well,” said Fund President Mona Albertine. “Together we are making a difference in the lives of local girls and women who need our support. These generous women are making it possible.”
The Community Foundation established its Women and Girls Fund on the principle that investing in women and girls is a powerful way to invest in our community. Through the fund, generous area women focus their talent, ideas and financial resources to meet the critical needs of women and girls in our community. Over time, the goal is to grow the Women and Girls Fund to 1,000 women who, together, donate $1 million creating an endowment that is a permanent, sustainable community asset. The foundation invites anyone in the community to join in this effort and offers a variety of donation options to make the fund accessible to women of all means.
By popular vote, Women and Girls Fund donor members awarded four grants to organizations actively promoting the welfare of area women and girls. At the luncheon gathering, members heard lively presentations from grant candidates, discussed their proposals and cast the deciding votes.
The foundation extends its thanks to all who applied for funding and attended the annual event, as well as each donor member investing in the future of local women and girls.
1. $2,500 to Rappahannock Court Appointed Special Advocates for their program “Advocacy for Abused and Neglected Girls”
We speak up for the well-being of children abused or neglected by their parents. Most of the children we serve are in foster care. Most are too young and/or too powerless to speak up for themselves, and most will never attend court hearings where monumental decisions are made about their lives. CASA is there for them before, during and after court to assess their challenges, recommend helpful services, scrutinize their potential caregivers and help guide them to safe, permanent homes. In the busy child welfare system, no other agency provides the personalized, in-depth child advocacy CASA provides
2. $6,500 to Stafford Junction for their program “Life Skills Workshop”
The Life Skills Workshop program assists the low income women with very few community resources and offers her financial independence as well as nutritional and parenting support. Without our program, women would not have the resources available to:
• avoid predatory lending,
• access SNAP, EBT and Medicaid
• learn about and maintain a healthy lifestyle fellowship opportunities
A significant portion of our women and girls are isolated in their homes due to transportation, cultural and/or language barriers. Our program takes away these barriers and allows our women to succeed social and financially.
3. $5,000 to Recovery in Motion for their program “The Women’s Initiative”
In recent years, there has been a great deal of research on the differences between the genders and mental health and substance use conditions and disorders. According to a recent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA publication, Action Steps for Improving Women’s Mental Health, research consistently finds the influence of gender differences in the prevalence, course, and burden of mental illnesses in women. Further, this research has shown that women experience different barriers to treatment and have different recovery-support needs from those of men. Our proposed program seeks to reduce the barriers and stigma associated with treatment.
4. $6,000 partial grant to Open Hand for their program “Grad Program Manager”
The GRAD program addresses two fundamental needs: 1) empowering and motivating potentially at-risk youth to work towards a successful life by staying in school and achieving sustainable employment, and 2) transforming the lives of youth by building life and career skills, which enrich the lives of the youth and ultimately the community. Open Hand noticed that within the group of at risk youth there is an especially needy subgroup - girls. With the funding from the Women and Girls Fund, we will be able to add four additional internships earmarked for females.
The Community Foundation and its board members are endlessly dedicated to the community’s enrichment and growth. The foundation manages and distributes charitable giving in the Rappahannock River region. The goal of The Community Foundation is to promote greater philanthropy by assuming challenges faced by the donor and managing one-time and continual giving in a responsible and knowledgeable manner. The Community Foundation distinguishes itself from other local charities by providing efficient and effective services to build a collection of permanent funds.
The foundation offers a spectrum of services for individuals, organizations and businesses that are eager to achieve great results with their charitable actions. For more information about participating in our giving programs or establishing a fund at the foundation, call Teri McNally, Executive Director at 540-373-9292.