Women & Girls Fund awards over $51K in grants

Published on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:18
Written by Lorenzo Burgio


BRISTOL - The Women & Girls Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation awarded $51,111 in grants to 14 local organizations serving women and girls.

Donors, community members and fund representatives gathered at the fund’s Annual Meeting and Grantee Reception on Jan. 18, to award the grants to the organizations, which are in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

“We are thrilled to be announcing over $51,000 in grants thanks to the generosity of the many donors who believe in the mission of the Women & Girls’ Fund,” said Dawn Nielsen, chair of the fund’s Advisory Board, in a press release from the foundation.

Grants were made possible with the proceeds from the annual Wonder of Women event, the Barbara Hackman Franklin Fund for Women, the John & Gloria DiFrancesco Fund for Women and Girls, the Dumont Family Fund, the Furey Family Fund and the Smith Family Charitable Fund, according to the release.

The Women & Girls’ Fund of Main Street Community Foundation is built on partnerships and works to improve the conditions and opportunities for local women and girls, the release added.

A new slate of officers will lead the fund in 2018, according to the release. Those officers are Julia Weston, chair; Susan Moreau, recording secretary; Lisa Palen, treasurer, and Dawn Nielsen, past chair.

In addition, the release states the following Advisory Board members were re-elected to a second three-year term: Sofia Bayne of Bristol; Catherine Cassin of Bristol, and Ursula Sowinski of New Britain.

“The Advisory Board guides the work of the Women & Girls’ Fund,” said Weston. “We’re grateful for their valuable expertise as we head into the fund’s 17th year and continue to serve the women and girls in your communities.”

Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at 860-801-5088 or by email at lburgio@centralctcommunications.com.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations for the purposes described:

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center - SMART Girls, a health, fitness, education and self-esteem program to meet the developmental needs of girls ages 13 to 18

Bristol Family Resource Center - Education and support for Licensed Day Care Providers

Bristol Preschool Child Care - Three early learning workshops for parents and children which will focus on early literacy and language and physical development

Bristol Youth Services - Skills to Pay the Bills, a program that provides social/family life education and independent living skills

Connecticut Women’s Education & Legal Fund - Increase access of low income women to free legal information, bilingual advocacy and referrals to low cost attorneys

For Goodness Sake - Provide families with either a basic needs basket or an appliances and linens package as they transition to independent living

Girl Scouts of Connecticut - 2018 summer camperships

Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center - Creating a Happy Healthy Start, a program to promote a healthy lifestyle to children and their families

Jane Doe No More - Safe Student Initiative, a program to educate students at Lewis S. Mills High School on the prevention of sexual violence

John Driscoll United Labor Agency - Building Pathways CT, an apprenticeship program for women in the construction trade

Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut - Family Sustainability through Literacy Plus, a program to increase reading, writing, math and financial literacy for women and their children

Prudence Crandall Center - Partnership to Promote Healthy Relationships, a program that provides domestic and teen dating violence prevention services for youth in Plainville Community Schools

Rushford Center - Support to provide women in the behavioral health outpatient treatment programs with alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation and fitness training

The Children’s Museum - Girls & Science, a program that provides female students in first through sixth grade from the Boys and Girls Club of Bristol Family Center to participate in a one-week, hands-on STEM summer camp program

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:18. Updated: Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:21.