2013: $20,000 to Jefferson CHIP

Jefferson CHIP is One of Two 2013 Grant Recipients

Jefferson Area Children’s Health Improvement Program (CHiP) will use their $20,000 Women United grant to support the salary of a Family Support Worker/Parent Educator who will conduct at least monthly home visits with 50 children ages 0-7 over the next year. CHIp's mission is to provide early learning opportunities to children living in poverty in Charlottesville and Albemarle in order to promote kindergarten readiness and to increase the likelihood of continued school success. CHiP family support workers and nurses partner with parents to provide a nurturing, stimulating, and optimal early learning environment for young children.

2013: $20,000 to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

The Food Bank is One of Two 2013 Grant Recipients

The Food Bank has created a Family BackPack Program to alleviate child food insecurity at the household level. Children receiving free and reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program have an increased risk of hunger on weekends or over school holidays. This initiative aims to send a backpack full of healthy foods home with each eligible child every weekend and holiday. Women United's $20,000 grant will fund the Family BackPack Program for 2 years at Yancey Elementary, where 61.9% of families live between 0-185% of the federal poverty level.

2012: $30,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs

A Women United Gift That Really Moves Kids!

Women United's 2012 Grant was used to purchase a bus for the Boys & Girls Clubs' Southwood center.Our 2012 Human Services Grant Award recipient is the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. As the leading provider of youth development services in the area, the current Southwood Club is stretched beyond capacity with more than 100 kids per day. The Southwood neighborhood in Albemarle County is a community in crisis, with burgeoning gang activity and youth drug use.  The Club used Women United's grant to purchase a bus. This bus has already been used for field trips to museums, swim centers, parks and more. It also transports the kids to the larger Club on Cherry Avenue.

Thank You Notes from the Boys & GirlsThe kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs were so excited about their new bus that they wrote a variety of Thank You letters to Women United. James Pierce, Executive Director of the Clubs, read one at our Luncheon: "Thank you! The bus is awesome! We love the bus. You donated a lot of money. Thank you again! Love, Sydney." Click here to view all of these wonderful notes in our Facebook Photo Album.

2011: $20,000 to Piedmont CASA

A Letter from One of Two 2011 Grant Recipients

Thank you for choosing Piedmont CASA as a recipient of the 2011 Women United Grant – we are so thrilled to have the collective support and endorsement of your members. Not only will the funds help us train and supervise new CASA volunteers, but also the publicity from
this grant will help us get the message to our community that child abuse and neglect are very real problems here in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Last year, there were 1,258 child abuse and neglect referrals to our local departments of social services. There is hope. At Piedmont CASA, our volunteers lift up children’s voices. They listen. They speak out for them in court. They fight for a child’s right to be safe, treated with dignity, and to
learn and grow in the security of a loving family. Last year Piedmont CASA provided advocates to 207 children whose lives were in the hands of the court system.

We will use the $20,000 grant to train and supervise new CASA volunteers who will stand ready to serve the new children who enter the child welfare system every day. When we lift up children’s voices, we lift up their lives. Having a CASA volunteer means that life will be better for the children we serve. Thank you on behalf of the board, staff and especially the volunteers who do the hard work at Piedmont CASA. And mostly, thank you for caring about CASA’s children.

Sincerely,

Ruth L. Stone. President & CEO
Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates

2011: $20,000 to International Rescue Committee

A Letter from One of Two 2011 Grant Recipients

The International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville is grateful to Women United for choosing to provide funding for the establishment of a Refugee Women’s Craft Cooperative. This project will allow refugee women artisans, including weavers, jewelry makers, seamstresses, and those who do knitting, crocheting and macramé, to learn how to market their wares with a goal of bringing much needed income into their families.

Under the auspices of this project, participating women will also receive instruction in basic business practices and be guided through the process of establishing a cooperative to support their ongoing work. Knowledge gained through this project will help IRC strengthen its capacity to support future refugee business and micro-enterprise development.

Thank you,

Harriet Kuhn, Executive Director
International Rescue Committee

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