Women's Legacy Fund awards grants to local nonprofits

acornejo@thetribunenews.comSeptember 12, 2013 

Three local nonprofits dedicated to the economic independence of women were given a combined $20,000 in grant funding Thursday by the Women’s Legacy Fund.

Those groups include the Child Care Resource Connection, People’s Self Help Housing and the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County.

The county’s Raising a Reader program was also awarded a $2,500 grant.

This is the second time the Child Care Resource Connection, a program of the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, has been a benefactor of the group.

In 2012 the Women's Legacy Fund raised more than $40,000 in the form of an impact grant to expand training offered to licensed child-care providers.

The $5,160 grant awarded at the Women’s Legacy Fund annual luncheon Thursday will be used to train child-care providers in science and math curriculum.

A two-year, $9,600 grant given to People’s Self Help Housing will be used to help provide after-school care and education for 20 elementary school-age children in the Canyon Creek Apartment complex in Paso Robles.

The Women’s Shelter Program will use a $5,240 grant to provide child care for mothers living in shelters.

Gabrielle Miller, the keynote speaker at Thursday’s luncheon, commended San Luis Obispo County’s Raising a Reader program as one of the “strongest national affiliates” of the nationwide program.

In San Luis Obispo County 485 children and their families participate in the program.

The Women’s Legacy Fund, started in 2003, offers grants to nonprofits that assist local girls and women by strengthening their overall well-being through education, health and economic independence.

The endowment began with $100,000 in donations from founding members and has now raised more than $700,000.

Reach AnnMarie Cornejo at 781-7939. Stay updated by following @a_cornejo on Twitter.

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