Women & Girls Fund Supports Civics Education

The Women & Girls Fund, a fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded a grant of $1,245 to Northwest Connecticut YMCA to support citizenship classes, including ESL and civics instruction for mothers and daughters.

“The path toward citizenship is the path toward stability and security for families in Northwest Connecticut,” said Frances Stoffer, Vice Chair of the Women and Girls Executive Committee. “When mothers and daughters work together to achieve this goal, the path is cleared of obstacles for them. They find strength in helping each other.”

The Women & Girls Fund awards grants in support of local organizations that are working to develop economic self-sufficiency for women by means of education, financial literacy and social services.

Established as a giving circle in 1999 by a small group of women who shared a concern for the real-life needs of local women and girls, the Women & Girls Fund has awarded more than $60,000 to organizations that work to help women and girls develop skills, attain economic security, and improve their quality of life.

In recent years, the Fund has awarded grants to support childcare scholarships for working mothers, assist unemployed women to enter the workforce, provide automobiles to working women who need transportation, enhance economic opportunities and promote self-sufficiency for women leaving abusive relationships, and fund leadership and assertiveness workshops for high school girls.

For more information about The Women & Girls Fund or to learn how you can support its mission, visit www.northwestcf.org/womenandgirls

Contact your Community Foundation staff at: (860) 626-1245 to discuss your charitable giving options and goals.