The Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley on Thursday awarded $100,000 in grants to 11 local recipients.
The grants support the economic self-sufficiency and empowerment of women and girls in the community, officials said.
A study funded by the organization found women and children of the Rochester region are disproportionately affected by poverty, with half of all households headed by women having incomes too small to meet basic needs, organizers said.
“Since 1994, generous community members have helped the foundation grant more than $1.2 million to programs that help women and girls in our community achieve economic self-sufficiency,” said Katelin Pellett, foundation board member.
The grant recipients are:
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester, The Truancy Project: Mentoring Girls for Educational Success, $9,450 grant;
• Catholic Charities of Wayne County, College Bound, $15,000;
• Community Action of Genesee & Orleans, Expansion of Work Experience/Job Skills Training and Employment Support Program, $12,250;
• Girl Scouts of Western New York Inc., Girl Scout After-School Financial Literacy Program, $5,000;
• Judicial Process Commission, New Journey, $10,000;
• Life Listening Resources (Coffee Connection), Career Development for Women in Recovery, $8,300;
• Resolve of Greater Rochester Inc., Safe Journey Survivor Transition Program, $5,000;
• Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach, Women’s Empowerment Program, $10,000;
• Urban League of Rochester N.Y. Inc., The Minority and Women Business Development Entrepreneurial Assistance Program Center, $10,000; and
• Willow Domestic Violence Center, The Empowerment Series at Willow Center, $5,000.
In addition, the recipient of the Girls’ Grant-Making Committee Award was the Society for the Protection and Care of Children, Teen Age Parent Support Services, $10,000.
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