2015: $25,000 to Charlottesville Works Initiative

The Charlottesville Works Initiative assists Charlottesville families striving to achieve self-reliance. In the Charlottesville region, 5,281 families (17 percent), mostly single mothers and their children, do not make enough money to pay for the essentials of life—food, shelter, clothing and utilities—and the added costs associated with working—childcare and transportation.  Charlottesville Works Initiative will utilize Women United's $25,000 grant to identify these families and increase their income to a level of self-sufficiency by identifying jobs within their reach and positioning them to secure and excel in those jobs.

2015: $25,000 to Foothills CAC

Foothills Child Advocacy Center provides a coordinated system of effective response and intervention to children who have been victimized. Their goals are to minimize trauma, promote healing, and ensure child safety. Women United's $25,000 grant will provide training for professionals who serve child abuse victims and their families so that they can continue to provide a coordinated, evidence-based, culturally competent, and compassionate response that helps reduce trauma for these children, ensure their healing, and keep them safe. These trainings will address two new and significant challenges in child abuse intervention: (1) identifying and providing an appropriate response to victims of human trafficking under the age of 18 in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area and (2) improving medical care of child abuse victims in the community.

2015: $10,000 to City of Promise

Charlottesville's City of Promise is a Promise Neighborhood initiative designed to create a continuum of solutions with the potential to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in the 10th and Page, Westhaven, and Star Hill neighborhoods.  Women United's $10,000 grant will be used to provide evidence-based academic coaching for 20 youth ages 12-17 in the City of Promise Neighborhood (Westhaven, 10th& Page, Starr Hill). Students will be selected on the basis of need, and will also receive wrap-around supports through City of Promise and its community partners to ensure their ability to thrive academically, personally and eventually professionally.

2014: $22,500 to ReadyKids (formerly CYFS)

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Opening Doors to Bright Futures for Kids

ReadyKids (formerly Children, Youth and Family Services, CYFS) has served the the Charlottesville area for over 90 years. Their various programs are focused on giving kids the chance to reach their full potential by contributing to their own and the community's success.  Women United's $22,500 grant will be used to support 104 low-income individuals, primarily mothers and their children, to participate in their year-long ParentingMobile program in the Southwood neighborhood.  The ParentingMobile is a free early learning playgroup that provides a preschool-like learning experience for families.

2014: $22,500 to Big Brothers, Big Sisters

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Changing Perspectives. Changing Lives.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Blue Ridge matches children ages 6 through 18 in the Charlottesville and Albemarle area who are facing adversity with professionally supported 1-to-1 adult mentors that change their lives for the better.  Women United's $22,500 grant will be used to recruit mentors, conduct background checks on volunteers, provide training to support monthly group activities and conduct monthly support calls to volunteers, children and their family members.  BBBS currently has over 150 children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister and this money will help match children with mentors in the year 2015.

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