Women’s advocacy fund honored

Members of a group that has been helping local women financially for 10 years will receive honors Tuesday at the county Board of Supervisors meeting.

Supervisors have prepared a resolution recognizing the work of the Women’s Legacy Fund on its 10th anniversary, which the fund celebrates Thursday.

In its resolution, the board notes that grants from the fund support “organizations that assist women and girls to strengthen their physical, emotional, intellectual, and financial well-being.”

The help is sorely needed, drafters of the resolution note, citing a raft of statistics.

For example, they say, of the 99,653 households in San Luis Obispo County, 5,392 are headed by women and have children younger than 18. In those homes, the median income is $36,627 compared to the overall average in the county of $53,978.

Another statistic underscoring the need for help for women and children: Between July 1, 2010, and June 30 of this year, area domestic violence shelters provided 302 clients with 7,580 nights of shelter, served them 23,067 meals and counseled 615 clients.

The Women’s Legacy Fund has given more than $61,000 in grants to help these and other women and children in the county and has raised more than $500,000 for a perpetual endowment to go to these causes.

The Board of Supervisors meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.