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2024 Grant Finalists Presentation

May 30 @ 5:30 pm

Join us to learn how a 2024 Women United grant would help each of our non-profit finalists to magnify their impact on local women and children. This is a Members-only event. If you are not a 2024 member, Join by Monday, May 27 and become part of this amazing process!

The four finalists for two $25,000 grants are:

The mission of the Charlottesville Free Clinic is to provide a volunteer community health-support system that offers high-quality health care to the underserved population, which would otherwise have no access to care; provide practical experience for current and future health care professionals; and hasten, through education and advocacy, the creation of a comprehensive policy for access to health care. The Charlottesville Free Clinic is one of the only healthcare safety nets for uninsured or underinsured members of this community, and the only dental safety net in the greater Charlottesville community. They provide free medical, dental, and pharmacy services for more than 2,600 patients. Their current staff and space are at full capacity and they are only treating 4% of the population that needs dental care in this area. Under the Dental Expansion Program, they are moving from the existing dental clinic on Rose Hill Drive (4 operatories) to the Wellness Center (6 operatories), which is also the same location in which their Medical Clinic and Pharmacy reside. A $25,000 grant from Women United would allow them to purchase four new dental chairs for the new operatories, which would allow them to see an additional 1,534 patients. 

Foothills Child Advocacy Center’s mission is to provide a coordinated system of effective response and intervention to children who have been victimized. Their goals are to minimize trauma, promote healing, and ensure child safety. They serve nine jurisdictions: Albemarle, Buckingham, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Orange. Their Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)/Forensic Assessment Program includes a team of professionals within each county, dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators and to the support and treatment of child victims and their non-offending caretakers. They conduct child forensic interviews and child forensic medical exams in a child-friendly and safe environment that reduces trauma for children while gathering important information to keep them safe. They also make sure children get the mental health care they need and support caregivers to create safe environments for children and prevent further harm. A $25,000 grant from Women United would be used to increase capacity to serve and expand access to services. To increase capacity, they would hire a forensic interviewer and a program coordinator to serve more children, and a nurse practitioner to offer more availability for medical exams. Additionally, they are also exploring the expansion of their service area to encompass an additional county and Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). 

The Free Book Bus has two missions. The first is to enable all children and young people to have a home library. Their primary focus is children and young adults who cannot easily afford and/or access books in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Nelson, and surrounding areas. The second mission is to encourage reading for all. The Free Book Bus visits Title I schools, specialized schools for children and teens with behavioral/emotional needs, public housing developments, food pantries, homeless shelters, and community events that fit our mission. A $25,000 grant from Women United would be used to expand and diversify their book selection, restock popular books like graphic novels and books that support mental health, fund new projects like a book buddy program, purchase art and school supplies, and fund general operations. They would also use grant funds to keep their hygiene & personal care shelf stocked.  

The mission of the Front Porch is to connect everyone through music. They achieve this mission through 1) their community music school, which offers private and group music lessons to all ages and levels; 2) a robust slate of concerts; and 3) free community engagement, which brings hundreds of children, adults, and seniors together to share in the joys of music through weekly programming. A $25,000 grant from Women United would be used to broaden their youth community music program, Roots & Wings. Roots & Wings brings free, weekly music classes to 350 preschoolers in 21 classrooms in Charlottesville and Albemarle. They also reach 300 kindergarten – 4th grade students each week through a partnership with the YMCA afterschool program at all Charlottesville City Schools. Music is crucial in well-rounded child development and for most, this is the only dedicated music education they receive. Roots & Wings partners with well-established organizations in Charlottesville and Albemarle (such as Head Start, YMCA, city schools, PHAR, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.) serving historically marginalized communities to address gaps in the area’s arts education. This gives all local children an equitable baseline from which to build their love and knowledge of music and the arts as they grow and shape their communities.  

Details

Date:
May 30
Time:
5:30 pm

Venue

The Center at Belvedere
540 Belvedere Blvd
Charlottesville, VA 22901
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