Women for Women gives $58,000 in grants

Five local organizations are receiving a total of $58,000, thanks to the Women for Women giving circle at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln. Since 2008, Women for Women members have pooled their resources to build an endowment topping $1 million and award more than $488,000 in grants to organizations that improve the lives of women and children. The 2022 grant recipients are:

Educational Center for the Visually Impaired – $8,000 to provide education, training and accessibility tool kits designed to help visually impaired women monitor and maintain health and wellness for themselves and their families.

Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association – $20,000 for the Creative Reuse Marketplace located on Fourth Street in downtown Springfield. This innovative program is designed to foster creative reuse of materials that would have been thrown away, while also providing job training for low-income, unemployed and/or homeless women. This is the third grant for the Creative Reuse Marketplace.

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois – $7,500 to provide at-risk adolescent/teen girls training in computer literacy, technology and life skills in partnership with the ComputerBanc.

Refuge Ranch, a horse ranch in Rochester, where equine-assisted activities and mentoring are used to empower at-risk youth and women. A $10,000 grant will be used to expand indoor facilities to extend the Bridges Mentoring Program and Freedom Reins Adaptive Riding Program from seasonal to year-round.

The Parent Place – $12,500 for its Nurturing Parenting Program to provide supervised parenting time for low-income noncustodial parents and their children in order to help build healthy parent/child relationships.

Awards will be presented at a Women for Women members reception in May. Membership is at an all-time high, with 116 members of this giving circle. For more information, go to https://cfll.org/

About The Author

Karen Ackerman Witter

Karen Ackerman Witter started freelance writing after a 35-year career in state government holding various senior leadership positions. Prior to retiring she was associate director of the Illinois State Museum for 14 years. She is the past president of the Kidzeum Board of Directors and is an active volunteer...

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