An estimated $225,000 will be awarded to 15 local programs that are focused on helping ensure women and children have opportunities to reach their highest potential. The size of each grant ranges from $7,500 to $25,000, with the final amount determined based on funds raised at the Annual Benefit Luncheon, Tuesday, May 21, at 11:30 am, at the Spokane Convention Center.
The following programs have been selected to benefit from the 2019 luncheon:
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS: MentorU Empowering Girls to Reach Their Highest Potential
Provides at-risk, teenage girls with female mentors and tools that help them reach their fullest potential and surrounds their families with ongoing, case management services to create healthy, vibrant communities.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES: Childbirth & Parenting Assistance (CAPA) Support Coordinator and Circle of Security-Parenting (COS-P)
Helps families stop cycles of abuse and neglect through classes for at-risk mothers and their children
COMMUNITY COLLEGES OF SPOKANE FOUNDATION: Women’s Educational Assistance Program (WEAP)
Financially supports female students enrolled in innovative non-credit and career-technical programs that prepare them for skilled and living-wage occupations.
CREATE YOUR STATEMENT: REDFLAG
Equips teen girls ages 12-18 with the knowledge, resources, and tools to avoid unhealthy relationships and understand how to form healthy relationships for their future.
HUMANITIES WASHINGTON: Prime Time Family Reading Program in Spokane
Focused on engaging low-income, academically at-risk children and their family members, this program is an outcomes-based family literacy curriculum that engages children and their family members in the exploration of humanities through the reading and discussion of children’s literature.
INLAND NORTHWEST FARMERS MARKET ASSOCIATION: ‘Kids Eating Right – Nutrition and Exercise for Life’ (KERNEL)
Engages children in learning about lifelong healthy eating, gardening, and exercise habits, all while offering a different fun and free activity each week, fresh food vouchers, and access to resources that empower women and children as they build healthy families and connect to our community through farmers markets.
SECOND HARVEST: Bite2Go
Through partnerships with schools and community organizations, the Bite2Go program provides healthy weekend meals and snacks for students facing hunger at home.
SNAP FINANCIAL ACCESS: Women’s Business Center
Helps women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities to women entrepreneurs.
SPARK CENTRAL: Passport to Opportunity
Removes barriers that prevent low-income youth from developing their English Language Arts and STEM skills in out-of-school settings, so these youth experience school success and on-time graduation.
SPOKANE VALLEY PARTNERS: Food 4 Thought
There are more than 800 reported homeless students in the four greater Spokane Valley school districts. Food 4 Thought provides weekend food to more than 450 homeless students
TEEN & KID CLOSET
Provides new and gently used clothing, shoes and accessories to children and teens who are in foster care or in poverty.
THE SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army’s Emergency Receiving Facilities
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Foster Care placement, Sally’s House and Evangeline’s House are the only receiving facilities in the state providing emergency placement for children and transitioning youth, ages 2 – 20, who have been removed from their home due to extreme abuse and/or neglect.
TRANSITIONS: Women’s Hearth
Transitions’ Women’s Hearth drop-in center offers women disenfranchised by poverty and homelessness safety, respect, a place to attend to hygiene needs, and holistic services to support women in realizing their power to take steps toward health, financial, and housing stability.
WOMEN’S & CHILDREN’S FREE RESTAURANT AND COMMUNITY KITCHEN: Nutrition-to-Go
Reaches out across the community in collaboration with 28 partner locations to feed Spokane’s most vulnerable women, children, and teens, including those experiencing homelessness, family violence, mental health issues, trauma, and pervasive poverty.
YWCA SPOKANE: Confidential Safe Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims and Their Children/Dependents
The YWCA operates Spokane County’s only state-recognized 24-hour Confidential Safe Shelter for domestic violence victims and their children.