Public invited to celebrate grant recipients

The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls wants area residents to get first-hand information about how it creates life-changing opportunities.

On Tuesday, June 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls will hold its Grants Celebration at The Gables at Chadds Ford. The free event is open to all Chester County agencies and the public.

The 23 agencies that received $255,000 in grants this year will be honored at the celebration, which will also include light refreshments. Celebrate the essential work of the grantee-partners who work every day to better the lives of women and girls in our communities.

The recipients include:

Alianzas de Phoenixville
, $5,000 in general operating support. 
 The grant supports the organization to provide vital services to Latinas in the larger Phoenixville community, with a special emphasis on reaching and serving Latina women and their children who struggle with isolation, poverty, language barriers and exploitation by landlords and employers.

Bridge of Hope, 
$15,000 in general operating support
. The grant ensures that homeless single mothers in Chester County obtain permanent housing and become stronger women with more hopeful futures.

Coatesville Youth Initiative, $15,000 in program support for the 2016 Summer ServiceCorps. The grant supports the Summer ServiceCorps program, which helps underserved women in Coatesville plan brighter, more positive futures for themselves, thus helps end cycles of generational poverty and underemployment.

Community Volunteers in Medicine, $7,500 for program support. The grant supports the Women’s Health Clinic Program, offering free preventative and diagnostic women’s health and wellness services to uninsured women and girls in the safety, security and confidentiality of a compassionate medical environment.

The Crime Victims Center of Chester County, 
$15,000 in program support for 
Helping Victims Heal
 and $5,000 from the Girls’ Advisory Board (GAB) for female teen and adult sexual assault support. Helping Victims Heal provides female victims of rape and sexual assault with a full range of services, including advocacy, accompaniment and counseling, while working with law enforcement, legal and medical professionals to address the issues of compassionate treatment and the unique needs of sexual assault/abuse victims.

The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, $15,000 in general operating support, plus 
$5,000 from the GAB for the Girls’ Club. The grant empowers the provision of the direct services necessary to help victims become safe and self-reliant.

Friends Association for the Care & Protection of Children, 
$15,000 in general operating support
. The grant supports the core needs of women by offering housing and homelessness prevention.

Friends of Farmworkers, 
$5,000 GAB grant for legal services to victims of labor trafficking. The grant supports community outreach and education programs that empower victims of labor trafficking by putting rights and referral information directly into their hands, and helps identify victims of labor trafficking in need of direct and immediate relief.

The Garage Community and Youth Center, $7,500 grant for program support
, plus a $5,000 GAB grant
 for its after-school program for girls. The grant propels the After-School Girls Program, which positively impacts girls’ ability to graduate from high school and aims to break the cycle of poverty.

Home of the Sparrow, 
$15,000 for general operating support. 
 The grant empowers women with the means and tools to avoid homelessness and to advance their educations and life/job-skills so that they may break the cycle of poverty for themselves and for their children.

Interfaith Housing Assistance Corporation of Chester County, 
$15,000 for general operating support. The grant empowers single mothers to face their challenges with confidence.

Kennett After-School Association, 
$2,500 GAB grant for After-the-Bell program. 
 The grant supports the girls' after-school programming activities that help young women feel they are part of something special.

La Comunidad Hispana, $15,000 for program support of prenatal services. The grant supports culturally comprehensive health care services, tailored to meet the needs of over 200 pregnant, primarily Latina women, regardless of income or health insurance.

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, $10,000 for support of the Safety and Family Stability Program. The grant assists with legal services to low income, vulnerable Chester County women who face serious legal issues impacting their safety and family stability, and who cannot afford an attorney’s help.

Linda Creed Breast Cancer Organization, 
$5,000 for mammography screening and diagnostic testing. The grant impacts the Free Mammography program, which provides free breast health services for up to 60 Chester County women.

Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County, $15,000 for the 
Healthy Start Program. The grant supports case management, intensive home visits, social supports, education, translation and links to resources to help families ensure their children’s health, safety and successful development.

Mom’s House, 
$10,000, for general operating support. The grant empowers low-income single parents reach their educational goals and better provide for their families in the future.

Open Hearth, 
$11,000 for program support. The grant enables the Family Savings Partner Program, which helps women become financially viable as they plan for their future.

The Parkesburg Point
, $7,500 for program support. The grant supports Steps to Success, a program empowering girls by promoting positive self-esteem, healthy body image and resilience.

Phoenixville Women’s Outreach, 
$5,000 for general operating support. The grant enables Phoenixville Women’s Outreach to add an additional 10 hours per week to the director of resident services position.

Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, 
$9,000 in program support. The grant provides wellness exams for women on Medicaid in Coatesville.

Unite for HER, 
$12,000 in program support. The grant supports the Wellness Program, a unique partnership with local hospitals through which breast-cancer patients are educated about the healing benefits of complementary therapies and given free treatment vouchers to experience the therapies.

Wings for Success, 
$8,000 for general operating support. The grant enables the continuity of service for low-income women who depend on the services to obtain and retain employment and seek career guidance in an effort to advance in the workforce resulting in increased earnings.

To attend the June 14 Grants Celebration, contact Kate Zielsdorf at The Gables is offering a prix fixe dinner following the program; call 610-388-7700 for more information and to make reservations.

The fund is also currently accepting applications for its award-winning Girls Advisory Board (GAB) program at until Monday, June 6. Applicants must be females entering their sophomore or junior year in the fall of 2016. Girls must live in Chester County to be admitted into the GAB program and can participate for up to two years.

One of only a few in the nation, the Girls Advisory Board is a unique girls grant-making program in which 20 local girls gain the opportunity to award $20,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations that help other young women in Chester County who are grappling with issues such as poverty, illiteracy, violence, homelessness, mental illness, teen pregnancy and substance abuse.



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