Women’s Fund Awards $34,500 in Grants

April 22, 2016 (Syracuse, NY) – Fifteen nonprofit organizations from Onondaga, Madison and Cayuga counties were awarded grants through the Women’s Fund of Central New York’s annual grant round. The grants, totaling $34,500, will fund programs that support the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Syracuse received $1,250 to purchase supplies to help implement SMART Girls. The program combines informational and experiential learning activities to help girls ages 8-17 develop the knowledge and skills necessary to practice healthy lifestyle choices.

Everson Museum received $2,200 to purchase supplies and food for Style Engineers, a two-week summer camp program that utilizes fashion design to introduce STEM concepts and hands-on collaborative team building.

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways received $2,500 to establish scholarships for girls from Onondaga, Madison and Cayuga counties to attend Camp CEO 2016. The three-day leadership development camp connects high school girls with some of Central New York’s most accomplished women through interactive workshops, small group discussions and individual mentoring sessions.

Jewish Home of CNY (Menorah Park) received $2,000 to support nutrition plans and transportation for its community-based GOOD and Mindful Eating – Sustenance & Safety program. The program focuses on the development and delivery of nutritional education and services for seniors at home to increase intake of healthy food and to improve overall health.

Le Moyne College received $2,880 to engage 20 top-performing high school sophomores in STEM disciplines through a one-day experiential learning workshop at Le Moyne College’s Maker Zone. The program will be designed by female Le Moyne students and will emphasize the importance of women role models in STEM fields.

Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation received $3,200 to support transportation and lodging during a field trip to New York City as part of the Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights program, which inspires young women to become agents of change on the local, national and global stage. The trip will allow participants to learn firsthand what international aid organizations and legislators are doing to address women’s issues.

Mercy Works received $2,275 to purchase food and supplies for its Passport 2 Vision program, which will engage local high school and middle school-aged girls and their mothers in a week-long workshop to help them develop stronger relationships, healthy communication skills and positive self-image in a supportive environment.

Syracuse NE Community Center received $2,000 to purchase supplies and childcare for Power Source Parenting, a skill-enhancing program that impacts young parents – most of whom are single women – and their children by helping them with the development of parenting expectations, empathetic awareness of a child’s needs and their own emotional stability.

Upstate Foundation received $2,400 to support its She Matters program, which will enable trained resident health advocates to provide door-to-door outreach, group educational sessions and community health fairs on breast cancer awareness and mammography screening for low-income women.

Vera House received $2,500 to pay for security deposits for its Emergency Assistance Program, which provides low-income sheltered and non-sheltered victims of domestic and sexual violence with provisions to move forward and transition to life on their own, away from their abusers.

Toomey Residential and Community Services received $3,275 to provide transportation to and from a psychosocial support group for female unaccompanied refugee minors who are resettled in the United States without family and are living in local foster homes.

YMCA Greater Syracuse/Syracuse Women’s Commission received $1,000 to purchase supplies for the 2016 Career Exploration Series. A collaborative effort of the City of Syracuse Mayor’s Office, the City of Syracuse Women’s Commission and the Syracuse City School District, the series is a two-day workshop that exposes middle school girls to information about the wide range of career opportunities available to them, with a focus on STEM careers.

YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County received $2,520 to support Girls Inc.’s Camp Capstone, a six-week summer camp for girls ages 12-15 in the Syracuse City area, which will focus on empowering girls to impact the world through the exploration of construction and architecture by emphasizing three core competencies: design/building, leadership/legacy and independence/inspiration.

In addition, Lockheed Martin provided the funding to award two grants to programs that serve female veterans and/or science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education:

Milton Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MoST) received $2,500 to support the Women Scientists Summer Camp program for fourth and fifth grade girls from the Syracuse City School District. The week-long program, which seeks to inspire future women scientists by igniting interest in science at a young age, will also employ five teen counselors selected from Syracuse City School District high schools.

Newland Center for Adult Learning and Literacy received $2,000 to host art therapy and writing classes for female veterans with mild depression or PTSD symptoms.

The Women’s Fund of Central New York supports, empowers and recognizes the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York through an endowment fund, grants and initiatives. Since its inception in 1998, the Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $250,000, and has grown its endowment to $1 million. For more information or to make a donation visit: www.womensfundofcny.org.

The Women’s Fund of Central New York is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation. Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region. The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of nearly $190 million. It awarded $9.9 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested more than $135 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 700 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.

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