We are Creating an Awareness of the
Needs of Women and Children in the CSRA.
The Women in Philanthropy of the CSRA award grants to fund programs and projects that have the potential for high impact, resulting in significant positive change in the lives of women and/or children.
Our Grantees for 2020
The Habitat for Humanity International Women Build Program was·established in 1991 to encourage involvement of more women in construction of Habitat homes. To provide simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities, Aiken County Habitat for Humanity is asking for $40,000.00 to help fund our next Women Build Home. The house is built over a 16 week period primarily by women. Approximately 180 women will complete 2,576 hours to build this house. Our homeowner who is a woman will complete 100 hours on her house and another 100 on the house of others and in our Restore.
The project is to publish a children’s picture book about the Augusta Canal, providing a curriculum enhanced tool that can be used for pre- and/or post- assessments. The book will cover the history, science, natural environment, and the current community involvement. Children will learn the role the Augusta Canal played in the development of their community and the effects child labor played on Augusta’s industrialization. We are contracting a local artist, publishing, and print company to work with us on this project.
The fill the GAP for Women Project provides health and hygiene products to underprivileged and at risk women and improves the lives of women in Richmond County. Feminine hygiene products are a top need among underprivileged females and a scarce resource. Our goal is to provide feminine hygiene products as well as other cleaning and health products to individuals in need and advocate for access to those.products.
Girl Scouting offers 114 badges girls can earn to demonstrate understanding, knowledge, and applications of a broad range of STEM topics. Girls Scout programming engages young women in STEM topics ahd scientific reasoning and allows them to apply concepts learned in school in new ways. When situated within the context of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), these programs also afford girls the opportunity to combine STEM learning with leadership development, growth mindset development, career exploration, and other socially and academically desirable skills.
Chain of Hope implements art and jewelry making classes in addiction treatment groups as a means of therapy and self-expression. Personal growth is an essential aspect of this project. By accomplishing creative goals, women are able to gain a sense of value and achievement. The goal is to provide women with the opportunity to heal through this process by overcoming challenges in their lives. Chains of Hope will allow women to explore their emotions, develop social skills, reduce anxiety, cope with addictive behaviors, and increase self-esteem.
MACH Girls Rock with Rackets is a weekly, Saturday session exposing low to moderate income young girls in the CSRA to STEM careers, coding, and tennis/fitness in a non- threatening environment of only girls. Participants are given life skills and knowledge that will allow them to enter the ever growing work force of science ahd technology. Emphasis is on youth living in public assisted and low/moderate income housing and who are a risk for academic failure and unhealthy lifestyles.
The proposal is to increase access to dentistry services in Augusta-Richmond County. Our request funding to equip an exam room in the Druid Park Community Health Center as a dental operatory. Dentistry services will be provided 3 days per week at no cost to patients by volunteer dental professionals & improve the dental health of approximately 400 uninsured women and children each year.
Project proposal if to provide training and educational resources to individuals who are socioeconomically disadvantaged (children and women) and lack necessary skill sets needed to compete in a society that is always shifting towards more skilled workforce. Our mission.is to train, educate, and provide resources that will enhance an individual’s opportunity to compete in that evolving workforce. To empower our middle school participants through educational tools and aftercare, to imp0rove study habits, behavior, grades, text taking skills and open their minds to opportunities they would riot ordinarily be exposed to. We encourage that “their environment does not dictate their destiny”.
Our plan is to launch a comprehensive female veteran-focused initiative in the CSRA. This will not be separate from our current program. Rather, it will be complementary, and enhance existing services. This new proposed project has 3 components: a) training, b) outreach, and c) direct program services. First, we intend to work with subject matter experts to train our staff. “The second component of this proposed project – Outreach will require targeted efforts to reach female veterans who are suffering with PTS. Finally, we’ll establish female-specific classes. We have held several pilot classes which have resulted in intensely positive participant outcomes.
Through the Foster Grandparent Program, majority female low-income senior adults work individually with as-risk children in multiple schools and volunteer sites toward specific academic and social improvements. This program gives the community free tutoring and other help for deserving children who would otherwise be without help. At the same time, the FGP gives senior women in worthwhile occupation and purpose during retirement years as well as a small stipend that does not interfere with receiving benefits.
Our project targets single mothers struggling to provide their families the basic necessities of shelter and food. Mothers will be identified for this project from a home visit conducted by oiur volunteers. The project provides assistance with housing and utility payments and food from our pantry and garden, and requires attending two budgeting classes. Our volunteers w2ill work with the mother to devise a plan
for financial stability, provide feedback and support, and assist with payment of housing and utility bills as needed to keep a roof overhead and lights turned on while they work toward self-sufficiency.
About the Women in Philanthropy in the CSRA
Women in Philanthropy is a charitable organization of over 200 women in the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia and South Carolina who are committed to a philanthropic effort focused on the unique needs of women and children within the local communities.
Each year, grants are awarded to non-profit programs and projects that have the potential for high impact, resulting in significant positive change in the lives of women and children in Aiken, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, McDuffie or Richmond Counties.
As members of WIP, we all recognize that there are tremendous needs in our communities. However, through our work, we have been collectively struck by the enormity of those needs. Of the many requests received in the 2019-20 cycle, Women in Philanthropy awarded $160,475 to fourteen area non-profit organizations.
While we strive to continue this increase annually, the more women who realize the significant work of WIP, the greater our impact will be.
If you’re not already a member, please consider joining us in our effort to better the lives of women, families, and our communities throughout the CSRA. You can also learn more about past grant recipients here.
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