Women Give San Diego celebrated its sixth year of giving on June 14th, 2017 by awarding $100,000 to four very deserving non-profit organizations in San Diego County. Their focus aligns with WGSD by encouraging economic self-sufficiency in the lives of women and children.
After months of understanding the current nonprofit landscape serving women and girls in SD County, reviewing proposals, site visits, and focused meetings, the Grants Team made their final decision, and could not be more pleased. The non profit organizations selected were: Elder Help, NAWIC, Promises 2 Kids, and Workshop for Warriors.
Our first grant was awarded to Elder Help toward The Concierge Club. Services include: medical advocacy by degreed social workers, transportation, grocery shopping help, and a regular friendly visitor to ward off loneliness. Elder Help leverages volunteers to scale their services through a cost effective model.
We also awarded a grant to National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC), an organization dedicated to educating youth about career opportunities in the construction industry and encouraging them to pursue careers in this field. The grant will allow 150 girls to attend a week long camp that introduces young women to foundational skills in the construction industry. This organization is 100% volunteer lead.
Promises 2 Kids received a grant for their Women’s Leadership Learning Group. This is a new initiative developed to specifically meet young women’s needs in aspiring to new career ambitions that have not been modeled previously. The girls who participate are in the foster care system or aging out.
Our final grant was awarded to Workshop for Warriors, which will support the Advanced Manufacturing Training for Young Female Veterans. This includes 6 semesters of education and training offering two educational tracks (machining or welding), career services and job placement assistance and a fully established outreach committee designed to support additional participation from veteran women in need.
The Grants Celebration is the culmination of the Women Give year in celebration of our mission actualized and embodied by the participants our support will serve. We want to recognize the 142 members whose membership contributions made this year’s grants possible.