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GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay, a fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, has awarded eight grants, totaling more than $57,000 to local nonprofit programs.
The Women’s Fund endowment provides grants local nonprofit organizations that offer programs and services supporting leadership and self-esteem initiatives for women and girls. Since 1998, the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay has granted more than $730,000 to more than 95 initiatives and programs in our community. Grants from this fund make an impact every day by supporting thousands of women and girls in our community!
Grants are awarded based on a competitive application process including review by a team of community volunteers. The next deadline for Women’s Fund grants applications is July 1, 2018. Online applications may be accessed at www.ggbcf.org.
Brown County Health & Human Services, Parents Pals Program
This grant will allow Parent Pals to conduct three educational sessions for mothers referred from Child Protective Services on topics including: "Budgeting & Nutrition," "Garden to Table" planting and harvesting their own vegetables, and "Common Childhood Illnesses & Injuries - Prevention, Treatment & When to Seek Medical Intervention.”.
St. Norbert College, United reSISTERs Stories of Resilience
This funding will be used to publish a book on the resettlement and resiliency of young African female refugees. The stories will highlight the young women's participation in and creation of the United reSISTERs, a group of young Somali women who have a passion for creating a more tight-knit community and peaceful world.
YWCA of Greater Green Bay, Somali Women’s Empowerment Program
Funds will enable Somali women of all ages to access culturally customized and affordable experiences that help them integrate in the YWCA and the community. The Women's Empowerment program includes female-only swimming, fitness center access, and computer classes.
Casa ALBA Melanie, Mujeres Fuertes & Women’s Support Group
This grant will fund two related programs for Hispanic women: 1) Mujeres Fuertes/Strong Women - offers exercise and nutrition classes for women, encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and 2) Hispanic Women Support Group, which offers women in abusive situations the tools to develop self-help skills while supporting the women and their families.
Exceptional Equestrians, Girls Rule 2018
This grant will support the equine-assisted learning program that empowers girls to lead their lives with success. Grant funds will support program need-based scholarships.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay, Post-Adoption Services for Birth Mothers
This funding will provide comprehensive post-adoption services to birth mothers. These activities will provide opportunities for birth mothers to connect with and support each other, provide tangible support to birth mothers shortly after the birth of the child they are creating an adoption plan for and provide professional counseling services.
NWTC Educational Foundation, Women of Color
Funds will provide NWTC's Women of Color group an opportunity to increase achievement and persistence rates of minority women by creating a supportive environment where they can find strength in each other and succeed academically. The group provides a structured environment where participants can share stories, get involved in the community, gain leadership skills, and attend presentations and workshops on learning new skills.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, Girls Only Graphic Design
The funds will support a summer offering of the Girls Only Graphic Design program that will give girls a look at women in the arts throughout the years and their stamp on history. Girls will take trips to museums, around our community and through the Internet to discover the women who are using their talent to make a difference.
Grants totaling more than $1.2 million — stemming from the annual U.S. Venture Open fundraiser — will go to 70 nonprofits in the Appleton, Green Bay and Oshkosh regions to fight poverty.
The Basic Needs Giving Partnership, a collaboration between several of the region’s largest charitable giving organizations, including the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, recently approved $1,241,720 in new grants to battle poverty in northeast Wisconsin.
Seventy organizations will receive 37 new and multi-year grants, with a focus this year on the Poverty Outcomes Improvement Network Team project.
POINT is an 18-month initiative focusing on improving efforts to serve families in need and coordinating services around people at risk or in poverty. More than 100 nonprofits throughout northeast Wisconsin have joined in 84 improvement teams to learn and apply new tools and methodologies to address issues surrounding poverty.
The Basic Needs Giving Partnership is made up of the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J. J. Keller Foundation, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Funds generated through donations to the annual U.S. Venture Open are established at each Community Foundation.
In 31 years, the partnership has given $18.3 million in grants to regional organizations.
“Our joint efforts have made a tremendous difference in our communities and encouraged nonprofit organizations to think more strategically and develop long-term solutions to benefit the people throughout northeast Wisconsin,” said Mary Harp Jirschele, J. J. Keller Foundation executive director.
Following are the grants made through the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation.
Community Resource Empowerment Center: $25,000. To expand work and training program for Oconto County by becoming a community resource center focused on empowerment programs that will lead to gainful employment and improve quality of life. Assisting those who are disconnected from the workforce and are deficient in basic skills in obtaining health insurance coverage and post-secondary education enrollment. Collaborators: New Beginnings, Oconto County Child Support Agency, Family Services, Community Services Division/Department of Health & Human Services
Ecumenical Community Coordination Initiative: $30,000. Bring local churches into a continuum of care for those in need by aligning and tracking resource allocation. Strengthen the relationship between churches and providers of care through the utilization of a database. Collaborators: Ecumenical Partnership for Housing, St. Vincent de Paul, The Salvation Army, Trinity Lutheran
Latino Family Literacy Program: $8,000. To provide family literacy for Latino families to address both parents' and children's literacy and language needs, while also engaging parents in their child’s education and building a stronger school community. Collaborators: Literacy Green Bay, Inc., Green Bay Area Public Schools
At-Risk Youth Employment & Training in Oconto County: $51,540 (Year 3 of 3, $156,545 total). Work and training program for Oconto County youth, ages 16-21 in the foster care and juvenile justice system. Work experience placements, along with educational courses are offered, as well as assessments of need and pairing with services of the collaborative partners. Collaborators: New Beginnings/Oconto County Partnership, UW-Extension Oconto County, Bay Area Workforce Development Board, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
Expanding Farmers Market SNAP and WIC Programs: $20,985 (Year 2 of 3, $64,994 total). To expand the original Basic Needs Giving Partnership planning grant and create sustainability, making healthy foods more accessible and affordable for low-income residents in Brown County. FoodShare and WIC participants will be able to use benefits at five farmer's markets. Collaborators: LIVE54218, OnBroadway, Downtown Green Bay Inc., UW-Extension, Oneida Nations Farmers Market, Main St. Farmer’s Market, Brown County WIC Program
Fostering Youth Independence & Self Sufficiency: $99,820 (Year 2 of 3, $299,640 total). To address the gap in community resources and services dedicated to youth aging out of foster care and other at-risk youth groups sharing similar barriers to education and employment. Collaborators: Bay Area Workforce Development Board, American Foundation of Counseling Services, Brown County Human Services, CASA of Brown County, Advocates for Healthy Transitional Living
Greater Green Bay Mental Health Connection: $97,949 (Year 2 of 3, $290,001 total). Establish the Greater Green Bay Mental Health Connection to create better access for children, adults, and families; develop an improved system of mental health care grounded in collaboration and coordination; decrease stigma of mental illness; create a healthier community; and increase funding for community mental health services. Collaborators: American Foundation for Counseling Services, Bellin Health, Catholic Charities, Family Services, Hospital Sisters Health System
Long-term Supportive Transitional Housing Support: $50,400 (Year 3 of 3, $125,000 total). To address the increasing need for supporting transitional housing by providing resources to meet the needs of qualified families on the waiting list and families in the current program who are still experiencing barriers. Collaborators: Ecumenical Partnership for Housing, The Salvation Army
Summer Learning Initiative: $100,000 (Year 3 of 3, $259,350 total). To provide about 900 youth with year-round access to out-of-school learning opportunities through an expansion of the summer wrap-around programs at high-need elementary schools in Green Bay. To prevent summer learning loss in reading and math and prepare rising middle school students for a successful transition to secondary school. Collaborators: Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay, Green Bay Area Public School District
NeighborCARE: $50,000 (Year 3 of 3, $300,000 total). To use the principals of "asset based community development" to mobilize community volunteers and match them to the needs of aging adults facing limitations and isolation. Collaborators: Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, Aging & Disability Resource Centers of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago counties
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