On November 5, 2015, Women United was thrilled to announce our 2015 Human Services Grant Award Recipients! This year we awarded two $25,000 grants to Charlottesville Works Initiative and Foothills Child Advocacy Center. And, in honor of Women United's 10th anniversary, we awarded an additional $10,000 grant to City of Promise.
Charlottesville Works: $25,000 grant
In the Charlottesville region, 5,281 families (17 percent), mostly single mothers and their children, do not make enough money to pay for the essentials of life-food, shelter, clothing and utilities-and the added costs associated with working-childcare and transportation. The goal of the Charlottesville Works Initiative is to identify these families and increase their income to a level of self-sufficiency by identifying jobs within their reach and positioning them to secure and excel in those jobs.
Foothills CAC: $25,000 grant
Foothills Child Advocacy Center will use their grant to provide training for professionals who serve child abuse victims and their families so that they can continue to provide a coordinated, evidence-based, culturally competent, and compassionate response that helps reduce trauma for these children, ensure their healing, and keep them safe. These trainings will address two new and significant challenges in child abuse intervention: (1) identifying and providing an appropriate response to victims of human trafficking under the age of 18 in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area and (2) improving medical care of child abuse victims in the community.
City of Promise: $10,000 grant
Charlottesville's City of Promise (CoP) will use their grant to provide evidence-based academic coaching for 20 youth ages 12-17 in the City of Promise Neighborhood (Westhaven, 10th& Page, Starr Hill). Students will be selected on the basis of need, and will also receive wrap-around supports through City of Promise and its community partners to ensure their ability to thrive academically, personally and eventually professionally.
Including these grants, Women United has awarded $372,825 to local non-profits serving women and children in our area! All of this has been accomplished through Membership and Collective Giving. For information on how you can be a part of our 2016 Membership visit our Membership page.