International Neighbors is seeking to transition from an all-volunteer effort into a sustainable non-profit structure with paid staff for the first time. Recognizing that a sense of well-being, control, and self-efficacy in the face of challenges are fundamental to all success, IN will use Women United in Philanthropy’s $30,000 grant to aid in providing three key services in these areas to foster success for our international neighbors: (1) access to adult and pediatric dental care, (2) driver’s education, and (3) in-home English tutoring. Grant funds would extend and strengthen three IN program pillars: (1) addressing critical health needs via the Super Smiles Program, (2) improving English via the Bilingual Buddies In-Home Tutoring Program, (3) improving independent mobility via the Driving the Dream Program.
Increasing diversity and multicultural awareness in the local public school systems is the mission of African American Teaching Fellows (AATF). To help achieve this, AATF is using their $25,000 Women United grant to provide college tuition assistance to five African American student fellows in exchange for a commitment to teaching in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area after graduation for the same number of years for which they received funding. Fellows are also given professional support and guidance on leadership development, as well as opportunities geared to connecting the fellows to our community.
The Women’s Initiative (TWI) is using their $25,000 Women United grant for the operation of critical mental health services to 3,200 women through its core programming. Women served come from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds; many have been the victims of abuse, suffer from trauma, and face a variety of challenges such as the death of a family member, divorce, poverty, and post-traumatic stress disorder. TWI offers mental health counseling, social support, education and outreach to those needing help coping with depression, anxiety and trauma through individual and group therapies.
Georgia’s Healing House (GHH), a program of Georgia’s Friends, serves women during their initial stages of recovery from alcohol and drug dependency by providing a safe place to live, an individualized treatment plan, individual mentorship, and support as women reenter the workplace. In the first two years, 42 women resided at GHH, all of whom remained free of drugs and alcohol during their stay. Seventeen successfully completed the program and 12 are still receiving care. There is no other supervised supportive residential program in the Charlottesville area for women in early recovery from addiction. The Women United award supports the operation of the house.
Nutrition and Community at Friendship Court: Friendship Court, an affordable housing community of 150 very low income households, is managed by Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA), which offers an after school program, complete with snacks, for children who are residents. The previous source of the snacks is no longer able to provide the food. Our Women United grant will bridge funding of $20,000 for a year while they complete the process of qualifying for a USDA program that would supply snacks. PHA will provide 30-40 children with healthy, locally sourced snacks five days a week for the ten months that school is in session. The grant money will pay for both the food and three hours of staff time per week to obtain and serve the food.
The group of approximately 100 children who will benefit from the grant are aged 3 to 18 years old, 93% of whom live in female-headed households, and have a median family income of $11,000 per year. The residents are predominately African American.