Annual Meeting of CFWO on May 16
The City Federation of Women's Organizations (CFWO) Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 16 at 5:15 p.m. at the History Center in Tompkins County.
The public is welcome to attend the gathering that will highlight one of the CFWO's Women Building Community (WBC) Grants as well as the election of board members and officers. 
“Exploring the Arc of Women’s Suffrage and its Relevance to Current Issues” will be described by Rod Howe, Executive Director of The History Center in Tompkins County; Carole West, Eight Square Schoolhouse and Youth Education Director of The History Center in Tompkins County; and Karen Pastorello, Professor of History at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
For more information, contact Julia Gorman, 272-8093.
Grants Awarded to Improve Lives of Tompkins County Women and Girls
Women Building Community Grants Announced December 6
Nine projects received Women Building Community (WBC) Grants totaling $30,000, announced Diane Shafer, president of the City Federation of Women’s Organizations (CFWO) board.  WBC Grant recipients were recognized at an event December 6 celebrating the ways they will help to improve the lives of Tompkins County women and girls. 
Shafer expressed: "I am so pleased with the wide range of needs we are able to meet, and the range of ages we are able to serve with these grants.  Through our grant process we identify challenges facing women and girls in our community.  I only wish we had more resources to meet more of the needs described by the grant applicants."
Grants were awarded on the merit of the program, quality of the application, and available funds for the cycle, explained Marge Kline, chair of the Grants Committee. "The grant proposals submitted to CFWO this year were a credit to our community’s aspirations and commitment to service.  We are proud to be able to help by awarding these grants to well deserving participants."
Women Building Community Grants 2016-17
1. A Place to Stay: Guest House for Homeless Women (Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga) 
Catholic Charities continues to serve the urgent community need for safe, clean and affordable housing for women. A WBC Grant in 2015-16 helped fund its successful pilot program renting and supporting a downtown women’s guest house.
2. Compost Toilet Build (Youth Farm Project)
Middle and high school girls will participate in a Hammerstone: Carpentry for Women workshop that will help them build various skills including for construction of a needed enhancement for the Youth Farm.
3. Educating Mother and Child (Tompkins Cortland Community College Faculty Student Association)  
Tompkins Cortland Community College Child Care Center provides scholarship support for female students with children in the center’s safe and nurturing environment.
4. Exploring the Arc of Women’s Suffrage and its Relevance to Current Issues (History Center in Tompkins County)
The centennial commemoration of women’s suffrage in New York State is an opportunity for education, conversation and discussion locally as well as statewide and nationally.
5. Girls Night In (Groton Junior-Senior High School)
Groton Central School will build on its first-ever program to empower its female students to make smarter and healthier decisions.
6. Pieces of Clay (Southside Community Center)
Designed to help develop poise and good character in girls through classroom instruction, workshops and opportunities to meet others and develop new relationships in a fun atmosphere.
7. Strength in Girls (Beverly J. Martin Elementary School Enrichment Program A+)
The afterschool program’s newer emphasis on the expansion of programming to enhance children’s health and well-being includes mindfulness and yoga for elementary school girls.
8. Survivors Circle (Advocacy Center)
A new support group for survivors of domestic violence will provide peer support and information on coping strategies and accessing of community resources for women not currently being served.
9.TechSavvy 2017 (American Association of University Women, AAUW Ithaca Branch)
Girls and female parents/caregivers from Tompkins County will have increased access to the day-long hands on STEM (science technology engineering mathematics) activities as well as ones focused on college and career preparation.


 $30,000 Anticipated
WBC Grants & WBC Legacy Grant 
 Next Applications Due Sept. 2017

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