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Women’s Fund of Central Indiana grants $365,535 to 16 organizations

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Women’s Fund of Central Indiana awarded $365,535 in its 13th year of awarding grants to serve some of the most pivotal groups in central Indiana serving women and girls. The grants will be distributed to 16 organizations focused on Women’s Fund core issues, including caregiving, domestic violence and insufficient income and its long-term interests of health and self-development.

The grants will help fund transitional housing and support for victims of abuse, educational opportunities for Latina girls and their mothers, reduction of recidivism among female offenders, and programs to promote economic self-sufficiency for women, among others.

The $365,535 invested in the communities served by Women’s Fund includes: $33,400 for caregiving, $75,000 for domestic violence, $109,560 for insufficient income, $79,725 for health and $67,850 for self-development.

The 2011 awards to agencies focused on women and girls in central Indiana include:

Alternatives, Inc. – $25,000 to support domestic violence victim emergency shelter. The shelter expects to serve more than 100 individuals from Hancock, Hamilton and Marion Counties.

Coburn Place – $25,000 for transitional housing and support services for domestic violence victims and their families. The agency serves around 60 adults and 80 children per year.

Dove Recovery House – $35,000 for transitional housing for about 100 women in recovery from substance abuse or addiction.

Edna Martin Christian Center – $25,000 to support the family self-sufficiency program, as part of the Center for Working Families, which will help 20 women from the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood begin their path toward economic self-sufficiency.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana – $25,000 to support programming allowing 300 Latina girls to participate in troop, educational and leadership activities.

Girls Inc. of Shelbyville/ Shelby County – $17,850 for a computer lab upgrade for after school and summer programs. The agency serves 100-130 girls daily at its center.

Hawthorne Community Center – $22,500 for the Center for Working Families, which will help 60 female heads of household with employment, financial literacy, emergency assistance and adult education on Indianapolis’ westside.

La Plaza – $25,000 to support the middle school mother-daughter program which will encourage 75 Latina girls to continue their education and empower their mothers to help them.

OPTIONS Scholarship Fund – $20,000 toward an endowment funding one full college scholarship every four years for a woman who would otherwise not be able to attend college.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana – $22,175 for the Women’s Health Fund, which provides affordable reproductive health care services and supplies to 1,000 Marion County women.

Salvation Army Social Service Center – $25,000 to provide case management services and assistance to 40 domestic violence victims and their children as they transition from living in the shelter to living independently.

Seeds of Hope, Inc. – $22,550 for transitional housing for about 50 women in recovery from substance abuse or addiction.

Smiley Childcare Center, Inc. – $25,000 to support subsidized child care so that approximately 30 mothers can attain and maintain their jobs.

The Villages – $8,400 toward the Family Connection Network, which provides support to more than 60 grandparents and kinship caregivers, mostly women, who are taking care of their grandchildren or other child relatives.

Volunteers of America – $27,160 for the Moving On Program at Theodora House, which will work with 60 female offenders to reduce recidivism.

Wailing Women Win – $14,900 to support transitional housing for ten female offenders or homeless women, as well as board development and training.


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