April 8, 2014 — The Women’s Fund of Essex County announced that it has awarded $200,000 to 19 nonprofit programs in Essex County that teach economic self-sufficiency, leadership and empowerment, and health and well-being skills to women and girls.
Susan Barry, president of the Women’s Fund of Essex County, said her group focuses on women and girls women have the highest rates of poverty, the lowest median income, are the most underemployed, and suffer the greatest rates of violence.
In Essex County, of the almost 29,000 children who live in poverty, 74 percent live in single mother families.”
Barry added, “We also focus on women because we know that this is where tremendous opportunity lies. Investment in women and girls has a powerful multiplier effect. Research shows that women reinvest over 90% of their income back into their families and community.”
Following are the organizations receiving funding, followed by the specific project being supported by the grant:
- Amirah – Leadership Development & Career Readiness for Women Survivors of Commercial Exploitation
- Beverly Bootstraps Community Services – Cooking Matters
- Big Sister Association of Greater Boston – Community-Based Mentoring in Essex County
- Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem – SMART Girls
- Building Bridges Through Music, Inc. – Girls E3: Educate, Engage & Empower
- Citizens for Adequate Housing, Inc. – Career Link
- COMPASS for Kids – COMPASS Community Collaborative Lawrence
- Express Yourself, Inc. – Who Runs the World? Girls!
- Family & Children’s Services of Greater Lynn, Inc. – Parenting Education & Family Support Programs
- Family Services of the Merrimack Valley – Stand and Deliver
- Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts – FaB Factor: Finance & Business Series
- Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center/Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area – Project Bold: Action for Safety
- Lawrence Community Works – Community Education Circles
- Pathways for Children – Cape Ann Families Nurturing Parent Program
- SeniorCare Inc. – Empowering Senior Women through Financial Literacy
- The Plummer Home for Boys – Therapeutic Groups for Girls & Young Women
- Wellspring House, Inc. – MediClerk Job Training & Placement
- YWCA of Greater Lawrence – Women’s Health Advocacy Project
- YWCA of Greater Newburyport – Encore+
Founded in 2003, the Women’s Fund, a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation, has raised more than $825,000 and made grants to 79 programs that are changing the lives of women and girls in significant and sustainable ways.