Winston-Salem women give back

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem has contributed nearly $145,000 in the past year to improving the lives of women and girls in Forsyth County.

The Fund announced the results of its inaugural grants cycle at its second annual luncheon on October 2, held at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

Seven grants of about $20,000 dollars each were awarded to a variety of medical and treatment services, as well as to mentorship and capacity-building for disadvantaged women and their families.

“The grant recipients were selected by our membership and represent the power and potential of women’s philanthropy and our ability to make a difference in our community,” Michelle Cook, incoming chair of the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, said in a statement.

Founded in 2006, the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem is a donor-advised fund at the Winston-Salem Foundation managed by nearly 550 members devoted to promoting healthy development and philanthropy amongst the region’s women and girls.

Medical care grants included support for an in-home care program for single mothers of autistic children run by ABC of NC Child Development Center.

Two others will subsidize cancer medication and screenings through Cancer Services and the Community Care Center of Forsyth County, respectively.

A further focus was strengthening North Carolina’s families. The Women’s Fund offered two-year financing to a family skills training program for girls ages 10-14 and their parents at Family Services, and helped initiate a new program through the Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries to counsel female inmates and the wives and daughters of male inmates in hopes of minimizing inter-generational crime.

Latina teen mothers in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Schools will now have access to a variety of resources intended to prevent drop-outs through a bilingual community outreach worker sponsored by the Women’s Fund.

Finally, the YWCA’s Women$Finances program received a much-needed financial boost to their self-sufficiency training program aimed at low-income women entrepreneurs.

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