Women United Awards $60,000 in Grants

On October 5, 2017, Women United announced our 2017 Human Services Grant Award recipients at our annual luncheon. Due to the unprecedented growth of our membership over the past year, we were able to increase our giving from the intended $50,000 to a whopping $60,000, which meant an additional grant for the non-profit that received the third most votes in our member voting process.

African American Teaching Fellows and The Women's Initiative each received $25,000. Georgia's Healing House received our third "bonus grant" in the amount of $10,000. Each of these organizations does amazing work helping women and children in our community. To learn more, we encourage you to visit their websites using the links above.

Pictured Left to Right: Elizabeth Irvin of The Women’s Initiative; Kim Martin, Women United's 2017-2018 Chair; Dorothy Tompkins, Sue Hess & Heather Kellams of Georgia’s Healing House; and Tamara Wilkerson Dias, African American Teaching Fellows

 

2017 Grant Finalists Announced

The Women United Grant Committee is pleased to announce that Women United will be awarding up to a total of $50,000 in grant funding to two local human services organizations. We received eighteen compelling proposals, which we have carefully reviewed and narrowed down to the below list of 5 finalists. 

To hear presentations from each of these applicant organizations, plan on attending the Grant Finalists Presentation on August 29th at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 25th

All members will receive an email with voting details and additional proposal information between August 30th – September 11th

 

African American Teaching Fellows (AATF):

Increasing diversity and multicultural awareness in the local public school systems is the mission of this group.  To help achieve this, AATF requests funds to provide college tuition assistance to five African American student fellows in exchange for a commitment to teaching in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area after graduation for the same number of years for which they received funding. Fellows are also given professional support and guidance on leadership development, as well as opportunities geared to connecting the fellows to our local community.  

 AATF website

Georgia’s Healing House (GHH):

Georgia’s Healing House, a program of Georgia’s Friends, serves women during their initial stages of recovery from alcohol and drug dependency by providing a safe place to live, an individualized treatment plan, individual mentorship, and support as women reenter the workplace. In the first two years, 42 women resided at GHH, all of whom remained free of drugs and alcohol during their stay. Seventeen successfully completed the program and 12are still receiving care. There is no other supervised supportive residential program in the Charlottesville area for women in early recovery from addiction.

The Women United award would support the operation of the house, which can accommodate 12 women at a time, for approximately two and a half months, as the cost for each woman is about $1000.00 per month.

GHH website

Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA):

Piedmont CASA is an organization that trains Court Appointed Special Advocates, who work one-on-one with abused and endangered children in our community and assists the courts in determining the best environment to ensure each child's safety and well-being. CASA seeks a grant to help with recruiting, screening and training 30 new volunteers, as well as supporting and supervising the approximately 100 volunteers who are active at any one time. The number of children needing advocates has increased; specifically, CASA served 235 children in the first seven months of 2017, and even so,  has children needing advocates on its waiting list. Eighty-three percent of the children come from households surviving at or below the federal poverty line.

CASA website

Women’s Center at UVA—Middle School Mentoring Program:

The Women’s Center requests support for two mentoring programs in Charlottesville and Albemarle middle schools, the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) and the Men’s Leadership Project (MLP).  Middle school students who struggle with self–confidence, peer relationships and other common stumbling blocks receive the help of a trusted mentor for individual support as well as group mentoring. About 75 UVA undergraduates make this commitment each year to 75 children. The $322 per child requested for these programs covers activities and the materials needed for those activities, such as snacks and curriculum supplies, t-shirts, and special gatherings as well as careful training of the mentors. 

Women's Center at UVA website

The Women’s Initiative (TWI): 

TWI seeks support for the operation of critical mental health services to 3,200 women through its core programming. Women served come from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds; many have been the victims of abuse, suffer from trauma, and face a variety of challenges such as the death of a family member, divorce, poverty, and post-traumatic stress disorder. TWI offers mental health counseling, social support, education and outreach to those needing help coping with depression, anxiety and trauma through individual and group therapies. 

TWI website

 

Carolyn Miles Announced as 2017 Luncheon Speaker

Thursday, October 5
Farmington Country Club

RESERVE YOUR SEATS NOW!

We are very excited to have Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children, as the keynote speaker for our 2017 Human Services Grant Award Luncheon.

Save the Children is an organization that gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. The global Save the Children movement currently serves over 185 million children in the US and in more than 120 countries. As a global organization, Save the Children has committed to driving down the numbers of preventable deaths of children under 5, ensuring every child gets a high-quality basic education and protecting all children from harm.

Ms. Miles joined the organization in 1998, was COO from 2004-2011, and became President and CEO in September 2011. Under her senior leadership, the organization has more than doubled the number of children it reaches with nutrition, health, education and other programs. Resources were just under $700m in 2016. Miles' signature issues include hunger, learning outcomes, and ending preventable child deaths.

Prior to Save the Children, she worked in the private sector in Hong Kong for American Express and as an entrepreneur. While in Asia, she confronted the deprivation of the region’s children, which motivated her to dedicate her life to their welfare.

Miles has served on numerous boards, including Blackbaud, InterAction, USGLC, MFAN, Academy of Education, Arts and Sciences, FSG and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where she received her MBA. In 2015, Miles was named one of the 50 World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine and inducted into the CT Women’s Hall of Fame.  She is married with 3 children.

Follow Carolyn via her blog, Logging Miles or on Twitter @carolynsave

 

 

 

Volunteer or Nominate a Friend

Are you interested in becoming more involved with Women United? Do you know a Women United member who would be excellent in a Committee role?

Women United is a volunteer organization. We need fabulous women to round out our Committees. If you or someone you know has the talent and enthusiasm for anything described below, we want to hear from you!
 
Programming Committee: The Programming Committee provides dedicated experiences for Women United members and prospective members through events. Important aspects of this Committee are speaker and topic selection and working closely with Events & Logistics. To volunteer or nominate a friend, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
Event & Logistics Committee: This committee coordinates with the Program Committee and Membership to support our events. Opportunities include event planning, venue coordination, menu selection, decor and day-of logistics. If you are good at working with venues and have an eye for detail, this committee is for you. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer or nominate a friend.  
 
Communications & Marketing Committee: Keeping the membership and our community up to date with Women United involves writing and editing skills, website maintenance, direct mail design, and email communication. We welcome anyone with skills or interest in media relations, marketing, social media, writing, or graphic design. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to volunteer or nominate a friend 
 
Membership Committee: The Membership Committee is not only responsible for new member recruitment, but also for engaging and retaining our current members. Working closely with Communications and Programming, we are looking for new, creative ideas to engage our members and increase event and committee participation. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to volunteer or nominate a friend 
Grant CommitteeThe 2017 Grant Cycle is in full swing, with our largest Grant Committee ever. We will be awarding $50,000 in grants this year. The Grant Committee has reviewed proposals from more than 15 local non-profits and are in the on-site visit phase. We will start building our 2018 Grant Committee in the fall of 2017. Look for an invitation to join the 2018 Grant Committee in the fall. Allyn Gutauskas and Jennifer Lehman are the current co-chairs.
  
Women United's mission is to engage with like-minded women, learn about philanthropy, and leverage collective giving. With your help, we have awarded almost 1/2 a million dollars to local non-profits. Thank you! 

2016 Grants Awarded

IMG 2727At our November 3 Luncheon, Women United announced our 2016 Human Services Grant Award recipients: Albemarle Housing Improvement Program for Children Safe at Home and Piedmont Housing Alliance for Nutrition and Community at Friendship Court. We awarded $20,000 to each organization.

Pictured here are Karen Reifenberger, Claudette Grant & Beth Kennan from PHA and Jennifer Jacobs from AHIP.

Learn More About These Programs.

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