AWF announces grant recipients
Programs supporting women and young girls received funds from money raised at the annual Woman of Vision Award Luncheon held in June. Checks from the event have been awarded and distributed to the grant recipients.
"It's no secret that nonprofits have faced significant cuts in local and state funding this year" AWF President Jean Brooks said. "Unfortunately, the cost of de-funding severely affects impoverished women and their children on every level, making the day-to-day struggle just that much harder."
Agencies serving the disenfranchised have come to rely on funding from the Appalachian Women's Fund, which has distributed more than $350,000 during six years.
According to grants committee Chairwoman Kathleen Kennedy-Olsen, the AWF received 14 grant requests this year and all 14 applicants received the grant amount for which they applied.
Because many of the recipients serve multiple counties in the surrounding area, the AWF financial support is critical and far-reaching, according to Kennedy-Olsen. Like backdoor neighbors, the group embraces the agencies outside of Watauga County.
Agencies supported by the 2013 cycle of grant funding by the Appalachian Women's Fund include the following:
• $5,000: ASHE A Safe Home for Everyone, the domestic violence shelter in Ashe County; grant to be used for the 24/7 hotline, financial assistance toward transportation costs and initial cost of living for clients in the shelter's care.
• $5,000: ACCESS Financial aid program at ASU; grant to be used for summer school scholarships for first generation college attendees in families living at or below the poverty level.
• $3,000: Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture for three grants of $1,000 to local women farmers, ranchers and processors for 2014.
• $4,000: The Children's Council; funds to go the salary and benefits of the crisis intervention parent educator for the Parents as Teachers outreach program, focused on single mothers who reside in temporary housing shelters.
• $4,000: Community Care Clinic for the Women's Health Program.
• $4,000: Domestic Abuse is Not Acceptable shelter in Sparta;grant to be used for utility and rent deposits and other fees associated with a new home, particularly for women who are working and therefore lose their government assistance.
• $2,500: Girls on the Run of the High Country youth running and empowerment program; funds will go toward the expansion of the program into Avery and Wilkes counties for participant scholarships.
• $5,000: Hospitality House; grant funds to go to the Women's Emergency Shelter Program and the Women and Women with Children Transitional and Family Housing Program.
• $4,000: Hunger and Health Coalition; funds to go toward increasing food distribution to local women 60 years and older.
• $4,000: Mountain Alliance; funds to go toward the Leadership Initiative for Female Teens Program of Mountain Alliance, exclusively reaching out to young women.
• $4,000: New Opportunity School for Women for the three-week intensive educational immersion program providing low-income women with the tools they need to get back on their feet, find a job, navigate higher education, etc.
• $5,000: OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter); funds to go for domestic violence and sexual assault support groups for their clients in both Watauga and Avery counties.
• $3,000: WAMY Community Action Inc.; funds to go to the Credit Building and Financial Literacy program for women for micro loans.
• $4,500: Western Youth Network; funds to go to the costs of running the Girls Circle Program, a supportive and empowerment group for middle school girls.
For more information on the Appalachian Women's Fund, call (828) 264-4002 or visit http://www.appalachianwomensfund.org.