Ten local organizations receive more than $82,000 to impact women, girls

The Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay announces summer 2023 grant recipients

September 13, 2023 – The Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay is proud to announce the grant recipients from the Fund’s summer grant cycle. The Women’s Fund awards funds twice a year (winter and summer) to organizations that demonstrate how their programs and services will positively impact women and girls in our community. Grants are awarded based on a competitive application process which includes a review by a grants team of community volunteers. Learn more about the grant funds at womensfundgb.org/what-we-fund/.

Members of the media interested in scheduling a virtual interview with a representative from the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay and one of the grantees about the impact of the grant funding should contact Erika Ritchie at [email protected].

About the Women’s Fund Summer 2023 Grant Recipients:

  • Awaken | Awaken: Awaken works to eradicate commercial sexual exploitation by focusing on providing housing, education, and holistic restoration services. Awaken receives more referrals than staff or current programming can support. Funding will ensure that Awaken can meet the needs of sex trafficking victims in the Green Bay area. Learn more about Awaken at awakenjustice.org.
  • Bellin Health Foundation| Healthy Lifestyle Groups for Middle & High School Girls in Oconto County: This program will create healthy lifestyle groups for rural middle and high school girls to learn and develop healthy lifestyle habits, form peer-to- peer supportive bonds, and build a personal health and fitness program. An individualized approach will be taken to help teenage girls make the connection between their current lifestyle habits and their energy levels, mental wellbeing, self-confidence, physical fitness, school performance, weight management, and general health. Learn more about the Bellin Health Foundation at bellin.org/bellin_foundation.
  • Children’s Promise | Soy Resistente – I am Resilient: Funding will support a two-year expansion of programming which increases school connectivity for participating female Latina students, while decreasing the likelihood of high-risk behaviors. This is a collaboration between Casa ALBA Melanie, Children’s Promise, Family Services, Girl Scouts and Edison Middle and Preble High Schools. Participating students explore cultural identity, coping, conflict resolution and social media safety. Learn more about Children’s Promise at childrenspromise-gb.org.
  • Foundations Health & Wholeness | Community-Based Therapy Wellness and Empowerment Groups for Women: Funding will support the expansion of Foundation’s Women’s Wellness & Empowerment therapy groups which include community partners Awaken, Wellspring, Aging & Disability Resource Center, and Freedom House. Weekly groups will rotate through partnering sites and will help women experiencing homelessness, older women and caregivers, and trafficking survivors address trauma and develop emotional skills. Learn more about Foundations Health & Wholeness. at wearefoundations.org.
  • Green Bay Action Sports Organization| GBASO Girls Nights: GBASO is dedicated to promoting physical activity and community engagement through action sports. GBASO recognizes the underrepresentation of girls in action sports and aims to increase female participation by hosting 10 girls’ nights. Funding will support these nights in providing a safe and supportive space for girls to learn and practice their skills, connect with other female athletes, and foster a sense of community. Learn more about GBASO at gbaso.org.
  • Golden House | Forensic Camera System for Victims of Abuse: Funding will be used to purchase a secured digital forensic imaging camera system for the community. This camera system will give Golden House, all local law enforcement, and hospitals enhanced ability to identify and document injuries sustained as a result of domestic violence. Injuries can be captured at the time they are incurred, without waiting for the bruising to emerge days later. It will also capture images for vulnerable populations by lessening the traumatic impact of abuse. Learn more about Golden House at goldenhousegb.org.
  • House of Hope| Self-Care and AODA Services for Youth and Young Parents: House of Hope will use funding to provide a holistic self-care and AODA (alcohol and other drug abuse) counseling program. One-on-one and group sessions centered on healthy relationships and emotional wellness are essential services for youth and young parents experiencing homelessness and housing instability. This program will support the resilience of clients by empowering, healing trauma, and increasing positive health and housing outcomes. Learn more about House of Hope at houseofhopegb.org.
  • Howe Community Resources CenterWomen’s Mental Health Support Group: This grant funding allows Howe to continue the current mental health peer support group for women parenting children and add a mental health support group for caregivers whose first language is Spanish. The support group has seen great success over the past year and a half and has revealed a gap for those whose first language is Spanish. Funds will also be used to provide childcare consistently. Learn more about the Howe Community Resource Center at howecommunityresourcecenter.org.
  • Safe Families for Children – Northeast WisconsinSafe Families for Children – Northeast Wisconsin: Using dedicated, trained volunteers, Safe Families for Children provides temporary housing for children, coaching for parents, family friendships and resources to families in crisis. This grant provides the ability to expand outreach by putting the necessary staff in place. It also provides funding for purchasing car seats, gas cards, and more. Learn more about Safe Families for Children – Northeast Wisconsin at newisconsin.safe-families.org.
  • We All Rise: African American Resource CenterBlack Women Wellness: Funding for this project expands existing support group spaces for black women in the community by contracting with a local life coach to layer in additional communal-based healing opportunities like workshops, retreats, and 1:1 life coaching. Learn more about We All Rise at weallrisearc.org

About the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay

The Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay invests in women for a stronger community. A fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation led by community volunteers, the Women’s Fund provides funding to local nonprofit programs to improve the lives of women and girls. These investments strengthen families, our community, and society. For more information, visit www.womensfundgb.org.

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