2015 Grantee Partners

In 2015, The members of The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem awarded $107,000 in grants to five local nonprofit organizations to address the economic security of women and girls in Forsyth County. 

Community Grants Program

El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services was awarded $24,500 for economic empowerment of women in the Latino community. The Economic Empowerment Program will offer entrepreneurship training, workshops, networking, seed funding, and hands-on experiences to an initial cohort of 10 women seeking to start their own businesses. A Program Director will partner with each woman as she works through her business plan. Since its creation in 2006, El Buen Pastor has provided services to young children, teens, and parents with a focus on education, offering Latino families opportunities for a brighter future.

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County was awarded $15,664 for a home maintenance workshop pilot program for women. This program will provide hands-on maintenance experience to 60 women Forsyth County, helping them reduce expensive repair needs that can compromise family safety and contribute to neighborhood blight. About 80% of Habitat families are headed by single women who are supporting one or more children. These workshops will help build the capacity of women to become successful homeowners.

Imprints Cares was awarded $29,997 for programs to prevent teenage pregnancy and to support teenage mothers. Imprints Cares at Downtown Health Plaza will target low-income, unwed teen girls, young mothers, and expectant young mothers who receive services at the Downtown Health Plaza and are referred by medical providers. Imprints will offer parenting services such as home visitations, group connections, child screenings, and resource networking and referrals. These services will help support young women in an effort to break the cycle of poverty, which is a major cause and consequence of teenage pregnancy.

Old Town Elementary School was awarded $7,550 for “Full STEM Ahead,” an after-school STEM club for girls who attend Old Town Elementary. Research shows that stereotypes start at a young age when girls’ experience with science and math are gender-linked in ways that negatively affect their perceptions of scientific learning. This program will feature hands-on activities and field trip destinations that are based on the 4th and 5th grade North Carolina Science and Math Curricula in an effort to increase the girls’ interest in science and math careers and self-perceptions of their abilities in these subjects. 

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic was awarded $30,000 to implement the Contraceptive Choice project which will educate low-income teenagers about contraceptive methods and empower them to choose the method that works for their needs. Many patients forgo the contraceptive method that is best for them because of the cost, and this program will educate young women on their options for these services. Birth control options counseling, long-acting, reversible contraceptive methods which are safe to use, and insertion of these devices, will be offered at no-cost.

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