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Women's Fund Announces 2014 Grant Recipients

By Melody Thomson, Women's Fund Member

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The Ninth Annual luncheon of The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem truly was an inspiring event and a call to action with its theme, "The Time Is Now. The Difference Is You".

 More than 650 attendees filled the room at the Benton Convention Center on November 19th and enjoyed mingling, networking, and learning more about the ways The Women's Fund and our luncheon sponsors are strengthening our community.

Highlights of the program, emceed once again by Wanda Stark, included updates from Holly Marion and Alison Ashe-Card, Chair and Vice Chair of The Women's Fund, and a fond look back to the very first luncheon by co-founder Janie Wilson. Janie also let us know that, as we prepare for our tenth anniversary, we can look forward to some special celebrations of this milestone.

Christy Respess, CEO of the YWCA of Winston-Salem, took the stage to give us an in-depth look at the Girls, Inc. program. The YWCA was awarded a $20,900 grant last year to implement Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy and Sporting Chance, two of the many programs within the nationally recognized Girls, Inc. model.

The Girls, Inc. model focuses on equipping girls with the skills necessary to handle tough situations during puberty and developing healthy habits that help them succeed in life.

Her remarks, and the accompanying video produced by the national Girls, Inc. organization, beautifully conveyed just how important our support is, and how much of an impact our grants are having.

Finally, the eight 2014 grant recipients were announced and introduced. They are:

Experiment in Self-Reliance was awarded $15,000 for the Individual Development Account Program.  ESR’s IDA Program serves working low-income individuals in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community, helping eligible families become first-time homeowners.  Since 1999, ESR has helped nearly 500 low-income individuals become new homebuyers in Forsyth County. 

Family Services was awarded $25,639 to pilot a program that will assist 30 female victims of domestic violence with financial education to increase their opportunities for better employment and increase self-sufficiency. 

Griffith Elementary GO Club was awarded $2,850 to provide mentoring and enrichment programming to 30 elementary school girls from Griffith Elementary School.  Griffith is a Title One school, with 91% of its students receiving free or reduced lunch.  Each girl has a staff mentor who participates with Go club activities in school and outside of school.  

Horizons Residential Care Center was awarded $6,325 to provide 20 female Habilitation Technicians training and state certification to become certified Medication Aids.  Once the status of Medication Aid is received, women will automatically receive a pay increase from Horizons.  This win-win situation provides female employees with higher wages and helps Horizons increase the skill set of current employees.  Since 1973, Horizons has provided residential services to children and adults living with physical and intellectual disabilities. 

The Shepherd's Center of Winston-Salem was awarded $5,000 to pilot a program that will provide teams of volunteers who will assist socially isolated older women identified as living 200% below the poverty level.  Shepherd Center’s volunteer teams will serve as a support system and connect older women with resources needed to help them become financially secure.  

Smart Start was awarded $30,000 to provide Educator Scholarships to 20 women who are qualified child care providers and directors enrolled Early Childhood Education programs.  Women receiving scholarships are part of a larger cohort of women who are striving to obtain the necessary certification that will increase the quality of education in childcare center classrooms.  These certifications will also help women become eligible for higher pay in the childcare centers where they work.

Hosanna House was awarded $10,000 to identify and employ 11 women challenged by barriers such as substance abuse, chronic homelessness, and criminal histories by providing hands-on employment training and job skills through Community Employment Training Labs.  The training lab will operate out of the 25th Street Laundromat in Winston-Salem.  Women in the program will receive on-the-job training through the laundry facility.  Since 1999, Hosanna House of Transition has provided residential services for chronically homeless residents living in East Winston-Salem.

The Shalom Project was awarded $10,000 to identify, engage, and assist 15 women living in poverty by providing allies who will help them move out of poverty through the Circle ® program.  Statistics have shown that after 18 months in the program, Circle Leaders average a 27% increase in income, a 27% decrease in utilization of public assistance benefits, and an 88% increase in assets. 

A total of $105,000 in grants were awarded that will directly impact the lives of women and girls in our area and a wonderfully diverse group of women came together to celebrate the power of collective giving.  We hope that everyone who attended went away feeling empowered and inspired to make a differencenow.  

The Time is Now.  The Difference is you.



Women and girls in our community are faced with challenges to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Because of your support, you have made a significant difference tin the lives of women and girls in Forsyth County.  You have helped us invest over $1.1 million dollars to make a lasting impact on important issues effecting out community. 

Together, we are creating a community where every woman and girl can feel safe and reach her full potential.  Now is the time and we hope that you will join the over 800 women by making a difference in the lives of hundreds of women and girls in our community who still need our help.  Please consider making a gift to The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem today!

We appreciate your continued support and commitment to The Women's Fund!

Staff Announcement



We are pleased to announce Eliza Walmsley as our new Program Manager.  She will work jointly on The Winston-Salem Foundation communications and with The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem.  Eliza served as an intern in the Philanthropic Services department in 2013 and is a member of The Women’s Fund.  She recently served as the Interim Director of Major Gifts at The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from High Point University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Please join us in welcoming Eliza!

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