Women Building Community Grants 2016-17

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

Women Building Community Grants Awarded for 2015-16

  • A Place to Stay (Catholic Charities)*
    • Catholic Charities sees an urgent need for safe, clean and affordable housing for women in our community. They propose a year-long pilot program renting and supporting a downtown women’s guest house.

 

  • Removing Roadblocks Fund (Child Development Council)
    • This Fund will provide a cash resource to assist women in paying off all or partial debt.  Monetary issues create barriers for women which limits their access to optimal health, education and self-sufficiency.

 

  • Girl Ventures (Cornell Cooperative Extension)
    • Rural Youth Services will continue its program for girls with low self-esteem, few career aspirations, and a narrow view of the world. Outings and events are planned for teens from several municipalities.

 

  • Overcoming Obstacles (Tompkins Learning Partners)
    • Many women experience significant barriers to accessing the TLP literacy services in safe and public locations. Funds will be available to cover childcare and transportation costs.

 

  • Natural Leaders Initiative’s Grassroots Women’s Leadership (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins  County)
    • This program supports, catalyzes and accelerates the growth of talented natural leaders, particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in community leadership.  It also helps community organizations to recognize, develop and retain diverse leadership.

 

  • Work Preserve Apprentice (Historic Ithaca)
    • One woman will receive a six-month apprenticeship in the Work Preserve Job Training Program immersing her in all areas of Significant Elements operations.

 

  • GIAC Jumpers (Greater Ithaca Activities Center)
    • In addition to teaching and coaching girls in simple stepping and jump roping, there are plans to participate in regional competitions.  Leaders will encourage, empower and support at-risk girls.

 

  • Dryden Girls Brigade (Cornell OURS)
    • As part of the Cornell OURS program linking Cornell students with the youth who reside in mobile home parks in Freeville, teen girls will be offered positive youth development program exclusively for girls.

 

  • MBCI Wise Women (Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources)
    • Through a recent OAR collaboration between Mary Bogan College Initiative, Tompkins County Jail, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and a cross-section of agencies and organizations, outreach to women inmates will include pre-release academic counseling and support.

 

  • Connie Cook Wants You (Closer to Home Productions)
    • Film has been shown in a number of settings, but funding is needed for further outreach, specifically toward salary for our outreach team, printed materials, website management, travel to schools; and costs for rental of spaces to screen the film.

*WBC Legacy Grant

 

Women Building Community Grants 2014

  • Removing Roadblocks Fund (Child Development Council)
    • This Fund will provide a cash resource to assist women in paying off all or partial debt.  Monetary issues create barriers for women which limits their access to optimal health, education and self-sufficiency.

 

  • Tuition Deposit Insurance Program (Downtown Ithaca Children’s Center)
    • Funding will help cover part of the required tuition deposit for the lowest income mothers including many single mothers; this support will help women work full time while caring for their family.

 

  • Girl Ventures (Cornell Cooperative Extension)
    • Rural Youth Services is developing a new program for girls with low self-esteem, no tangible career aspirations, and a narrow view of the world. Monthly outings and special events are planned for teens from many municipalities.

 

  • Girls Circle Expansion (Advocacy Center of Tompkins County)
    • In collaboration with Rural Youth Services Youth Development, the Girls Circle curriculum will be used to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede girls’ growth and development in a safe and comfortable setting.

 

  • Student Bus Passes (School Success Transportation Coalition)
    • TCAT bus passes will be distributed to female secondary school students who do not have access to transportation so it is an obstacle for their participation in school-based extra-curricular activities.

 

  • Girls Peer Education and Leadership (Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau)
    • Part of the College Discovery Program, “PAL” groups will include community service projects, team building and group challenge activities, and others that help build leadership and social skills.  An emphasis in STEM fields is also planned.

 

  • Natural Leaders Initiative’s Leadership Development Program  (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County)
    • This program supports, catalyzes and accelerates the growth of talented natural leaders, particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in community leadership.  It also helps other community organizations strengthen their capacity to recognize, develop and retain diverse leadership.

 

  • Work Preserve Apprentice (Historic Ithaca)
    • One woman will receive a six-month apprenticeship in the Work Preserve Job Training Program immersing her in all areas of Significant Elements operations.

Women Building Community Grants 2013 

  • Child Care Grant for Tompkins Cortland Community College (Faculty Student Association of TC3)
    • This will provide scholarships for Tompkins County women who may not be able to afford even the smallest fee for child care. It will be available to single mothers who don’t qualify for other aid. This Fund provides child care coverage for school related activities.

 

  • Community-Based Counseling Project (Family & Children’s Service)
    • Housed at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), this project is a pilot approach to providing direct access to mental health services to low-income racial and ethnic minority community members.  It will target GIAC’s pre-teen, and young adult program participants and their primary caregivers.

 

  • Expansion of Femtastic!  (Advocacy Center)
    • This grant will be used to expand the work of the Femtastics! to schools and youth groups in Tompkins County.  They have been creating a safer environment throughout the Trumansburg schools by initiating weekly meetings which are designed to educate students on gender equality issues, teach students on how to elicit social change and provide a safe haven for students to bring real issues affecting their lives to a group which is supportive.

 

  • Healing Neen Community Screening (Southside Community Center)
    • The Dawah Circle will collaborate with the Southside Community Center to show the documentary “Healing Neen” which is about a woman’s life involving child abuse, trauma, and triumph.  This grant will provide a high-quality/high-impact program which will encourage understanding, promote education, and dispel myths and stereotypes.

 

  • Keep Our Juniors Rollin’ (Ithaca League of Women Rollers)
    • This is a Junior Rollers program for girls ages 8-17. Roller derby can help them become strong and motivated young women who train hard, respect their teammates, and act as productive members of the community.

 

  • Natural Leaders Initiative’s Cohort-based Leadership Development Program  (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County)
    • This program supports, catalyzes and accelerates the growth of talented natural leaders, particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in community leadership.  It also assists other community organizations in strengthening their capacity to recognize, develop and retain diverse leadership.

 

  • Personal Needs Products Program (Catholic Charities of Tompkins and Tioga Counties- Samaritan Center)
    • The Personal Needs Products program provides personal hygiene products, which cannot be purchased with food stamps, to families and individuals in Tompkins County.  This grant would allow the purchase of PNP items, including products specific to feminine hygiene.

 

  • Removing Roadblocks Fund (Child Development Council)
    • This Fund will provide a cash resource to assist women in paying off all or partial debt.  Monetary issues create barriers for women which limits their access to optimal health, education and self-sufficiency.

 

  • ReSET Job-Training Program Apprenticeship Scholarship (Finger Lakes ReUse)
    • This is a partial scholarship to support an apprenticeship for a woman in the ReSET job-training program.  The program is developed to incentivize, empower, and create opportunities for underemployed and underserved individuals in Tompkins County.

 

  • Women’s Non-traditional Scholarship Fund (Women’s Opportunity Center)
    • This will support a fund which provides low income women who are looking for employment or starting a job with some assistance to remove their barriers, such as transportation, cost of any exams and fees, uniforms and personal care items.