The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls has awarded $219,000 in grants to 24 nonprofits working to improve the lives of women and girls in Chester County.
Nearly 100 community members, grantee partners, and CCFWG board and committee members gathered recently at the Marshalton Inn for the CCFWG’s 2018 Grants Celebration honoring the hard work and dedication of this year’s grantees.
Denise Mahal, Vice President of Development for Community Volunteers in Medicine, shared a heartwarming story from an uninsured patient who received free medical, dental, and behavioral health services for herself and her family.
Dwayne and Amy Walton, the Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinator, respectively, of Parkesburg Point, shared the success of their Girls Program in providing a free and safe environment for girls experiencing homelessness, hunger, and other challenges at home.
Cathryn Miller-Wilson, Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania, spoke about its program that provides resources for female immigrants who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault.
This year, the CCFWG introduced a new, two-year funding program, pledging to award three Chester County organizations with sustained funding for two years. The two-year grants were awarded to Alianzas de Phoenixville, North Star of Chester County (formerly known as Interfaith Housing), and Parkesburg Point.
The CCFWG also launched “Moving Her Forward” Impact Grants, a grantmaking program focused on swift responses to pressing needs in the community. The inaugural Impact Grants were awarded to Black Women of Chester County in Action (BWCCA) and A Call to Men.
BWCCA received $6,000 to launch the Aya Health Project, a network of Black women to connect and support each other so that, collectively, they can address issues affecting black women in Chester County. The group formed in response to the CCFWG’s 2016 Blueprint Report, which revealed alarming data regarding challenges to the well-being of black women.
A Call to Men, a leading violence prevention organization, received $10,000 for its work to build the capacity of local nonprofits to address gender-based violence and promote healthy masculinity.
“As CCFWG enters our third decade of serving Chester County’s women and girls, there is no better time to roll out new grantmaking initiatives that will enable us to be even more responsive to community needs and supportive of the challenges of nonprofit organizations in a shifting climate,” said Michelle Legaspi Sánchez, Executive Director.