Grant Partner News

Our 26 current and past grant partners are focused on helping women and girls of San Diego achieve their full potential. 

As a Women Give San Diego member, you are encouraged to help our partners with their mission through our Community Engagement committee.  To get involved, please contact our co-chairs at communityengagement@womengivesd.org.

Current volunteer opportunities can be found here: WGSD Volunteer Opportunities -July 2018

NAWIC Summer Camp

Our 2017 grantee National Association of Women In Construction is providing training for young women through volunteers in the industry teaching basic (apprentice) and advanced (journeywoman) skills every summer.  This is their tenth summer camp.  Why?  Construction is a growth industry, and there is a great need for skilled workers.  The average annual pay is $62,300, 2% more than all the private sectors reporting.

Our grant helps pay for all the construction supplies, breakfast and lunch, sunscreen and whatever it takes.  Supplies cost about $100 per camper.  Each camper gets her own personalized tool bag, with seven tools, a hard hat, and if she returns for more camps she gets another tool each year.  CAT San Diego, heavy equipment company and supporter, provided a replacement fork lift on the spot and also provides the barbecue for the graduation ceremony.  There are many companies, trade unions, and organizations that donate time and treasure to invest in these young women.

They build sheds for the school to use for equipment and a solar greenhouse used by the biology department for growing experiments.  The greenhouse is now also housing a tank for underwater robotics!  It is self-sufficient providing all power and water needed for the projects.  They have made tables and benches of concrete and planters to use on campus.

The camp volunteers say it is gratifying to watch the confidence build in the campers year after year.  About 60% return to camp for several years.  One student was a “naturally gifted carpenter”.  She went into the Seabees, Coast Guard, to work in the service most known for their building skills.

Watching these bright energetic women learn new skills is inspiring.  Our grant is doing great work!