WFH Awards Grants Spring 2015

Women’s Fund of Hawaii Awards 7 Grants totaling $32,681 to non-profits empowering women and children

Contact: Leela Bilmes Goldstein, Executive Director, 439-6388

WOMEN’S FUND OF HAWAII AWARDS SEVEN GRANTS TOTALING $32,681 TO NONPROFITS EMPOWERING WOMEN AND CHILDREN

(Honolulu, Aug 1, 2015) – Women’s Fund of Hawai’i (WFH) announced today that it has awarded grants totaling $32,681 to seven nonprofit organizations that provide innovative, grassroots programs that empower women and girls in Hawai`i.

“Women’s Fund Hawai’i looks for innovative programs that may not easily obtain other grant funding. There are some unique and extremely effective programs that are addressing pressing issues for women, and our grants provide the opportunities for new solutions,” said Beth Whitehead, chair of the board for Women’s Fund of Hawai’i.

“We are particularly pleased this year to grow our grant program and award seven grants, thanks to the generosity of so many people who understand that women and girls need our special support,” noted Judy Bishop, WFH grants chair for 2015. To date, including this grant cycle, WFH has awarded half a million dollars.

The Spring 2015 Hawai’i grant recipients are:

• Ahahui Malama I Ka Lokahi – $5,000 – for the Women’s Prison Project, to support female work crews with new skills and connection to the aina through wetland restoration and maintenance at Kawainui Marsh.
• Hawaii Speed and Quickness – $5,000 – for a two day Girls Softball clinic that will bring college coaches to meet and coach girls from all islands.
• Hula Preservation Society – $4,995 – to implement a Hawaiian culture-based music and movement program into the Therapeutic Nursery at Women’s Way addiction treatment program.
• Project D.A.T.E. – $4,886 – to assist and empower senior homeless women in the Under One Roof Program to be mobile by providing bus passes.
• United Self Help – $5,000 – to train and employ women as peer health mentors to help other women with mental illness.
• West Hawaii Community Health Center – $2,800 – to create a “Healthy Baby Care Kit” as part of a perinatal support program for at-risk new mothers.
• YWCA of Oahu – $5,000 – for the Personal Pathways for Women program, a workshop series to help economically disadvantaged women make a positive first impression in the workplace.

About Women’s Fund of Hawai’i
Women’s Fund of Hawaii focuses on making lasting social change through empowering women and girls in Hawaii. Through grants to innovative, robust, grassroots programs that empower women and girls, WFH addresses issues such as financial security, safety, self-esteem, adolescent pregnancy, physical and mental health, substance abuse, prostitution, incarceration, immigration status, sexual orientation, inadequate childcare and sports inequalities.
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