Women and Girls Fund Supports Working Mothers in NW CT

On October 22, local residents gathered at the Litchfield home of Dr. Frank Vanoni for a reception to recognize grant recipients of the Women and Girls Fund of the Community Foundation of Northwest CT and to show their continued support for the welfare of women and girls in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner. 

Two grants were awarded to the Winsted Area Child Care Center. The child care center was awarded $750 for the purchase of a clothes washer and dryer for the purpose of washing children’s bibs, blankets, sheets, clothes and swing covers to keep children clean and comfortable. The child care center also was awarded $3,000 to provide financial childcare tuition assistance to working mothers. 

“Like too many working families, often our mothers fall into the unfortunate category of making just too much to qualify for state assistance, but not enough to survive independently of WACCC scholarships,” said Rachel Tway-Grant WACCC Executive Director.

“While WACCC does not want to ever turn a family away because of an inability to pay, we must keep in mind our dependence on collecting fees from families to balance our budget.”

According to ChildCare Aware of America, single working mothers of infant children in Connecticut spend 42 percent of their income on childcare, an average of $12,844 annually. 

The Women & Girls Fund, initiated by the Foundation in 1999, provides a unique philanthropic opportunity for community-minded women in northwest Connecticut who are committed to improving the lives of area women and girls by raising awareness and pooling resources. By supporting the fund, women help to advance the welfare of local women and girls; network with women who share similar interests and values; help women and girls make strategic and informed decisions about their philanthropy; and join a dynamic group that empowers other women. 

For more information about The Women & Girls Fund or to learn how you can support its mission, visit www.cfnwct.org/women-and-girls-fund or call (860) 626.1245.

The Women & Girls Fund, established by area women in 1999, is comprised of nearly 200 donors who are committed to improving the lives of women and girls in northwest Connecticut by raising awareness and pooling resources. The Fund supports programs that address women’s needs and contribute to the welfare of children.

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