The Women’s Fund names Melanie Bridgeforth as President and CEO
The Women’s Fund announced 14 grants to support programs that improve women’s economic security and help end the cycle of intergenerational poverty in Greater Birmingham.
On February 1, The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham awarded its 2018 grants, totaling $500,000 to support programs that improve women’s economic security and help end the cycle of intergenerational poverty in Greater Birmingham. This is the largest amount invested in a single grant cycle since The Women’s Fund’s founding in 1996.
“Thanks to generous community support, more women and their children will have the tools they need to build better lives,” said Jeanne Jackson, President and CEO. “The 2018 grants fund programs that provide women with supports essential for their long-term success, including job skills training, affordable housing, child care, career coaches. Birmingham invested in these women, and in turn, we will all move forward together.”
The following organizations and programs received grants:
Birmingham Education Foundation, Working Women of Innovate Birmingham ($17,000) – Provides support for working mothers as they train for careers in the IT industry, while supporting their children with high-quality child care.
Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers, Mommy and Me ($26,610) – Provides quality legal aid and education to help women and their children achieve financial stability and independence.
Childcare Resources, Supplemental Child Care Program ($40,000) – Provides child care subsidies to support working, single mothers to keep their job or advance in the workforce.
Children’s Aid Society, Project Independence ($40,000) – Provides economic supports, including child care, transportation, education/workforce training, and savings incentives, to assist young, pregnant and/or parenting homeless women.
East Lake Initiative, Moms in Homes ($30,000) – Provides support for working moms to move out of public housing and into safe, secure and affordable homes as they work toward home ownership.
First Light, Inc., Forever Home ($25,000) – Provides support for rapid-rehousing of homeless women and their children.
Jefferson State Community College, Welding Training for Single Mothers ($49,790) – Provides welding training to single mothers of children served by St. Clair County Head Start.
Lawson State Community College, Pharmacy Tech Training Program ($46,000) – Provides support and resources for single mothers to receive skills and credentials to become employed as pharmacy technicians.
Oasis Counseling for Women and Children, Mentally Healthy Moms ($45,600) – Provides individual counseling and case management to help single mothers seek and maintain stable employment.
Salvation Army, My Home ($25,000) – Provides access to permanent housing for single mothers.
St. Vincent’s Foundation, Jeremiah’s Hope Academy ($30,000) – Provides post-secondary education for healthcare positions to low-income single mothers.
Walker County Homeless Coalition, Mentoring Program ($50,000) – Provides mentorship to help single mothers and their children move from emergency shelter to permanent housing.
Wallace State Community College, Women in Welding ($25,000) – Provides single mothers scholarships to complete one-year welding certificate.
A ceremony to honor the grant recipients was held at Regions Bank on February 1, 2018.
Click here to learn more about The Women’s Fund’s grant cycle.
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