Women's & Girls' Fund announces 2010 Grants
Apr 29, 2010

2010 WGF Grant Awardees

Funding for Physical, Sexual & Domestic Safety

Two organizations received grants totaling $20,000 from the Women’s & Girls’ Fund of Kern County during a luncheon Thursday at Seven Oaks Country Club.

The Women’s & Girls’ Fund is an endowment administered by the Kern Community Foundation.  The grants represent the third annual distribution from the fund since its inception in 2005, with cumulative awards totaling $63,000.

A $10,000 grant was awarded to the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault to provide education in personal safety and self-defense techniques for 600 women age 14 and older in rural Kern County.  Free bilingual courses will be offered over a two year period in these proposed locations: Arvin, Lamont, McFarland, Shafter, Delano, Lake Isabella and Rosamond.  Classes are expected to start in summer 2010 and continue until May 2012.

The Kern County Network for Children was awarded a $10,000 grant for work conceived by its Domestic Violence Advisory Council (DVAC).  The grant addresses circumstances wherein children witness the domestic violence death, suicide, or near death of a parent or caregiver.   The Women’s & Girls’ Fund will underwrite the curriculum and instructional model to guide multi-disciplinary crisis response teams called to domestic violence death scenes.  Grant funding will also help recruit, train, and compensate Domestic Violence Crisis Specialists dealing directly with children.  According to the DVAC, in 2009 there were 16 domestic violence-related deaths in Kern County, affecting more than 30 children. 

            Invited speakers at the event included Hopraya Stidom and Ebony Lyons, both Foothill  High School students, who lauded Project G.O.A.L. (Girls Overcoming Any Limitation), supported by the Women’s & Girls’ Fund with a 2009 grant.          

            In addition to announcing grants, the Women’s & Girls’ Fund honored its 2010 Women Defining Philanthropy.  Two teens shared the Young Woman prize, recognized for their community service and fundraising on behalf of various nonprofits.  Honorees were Amanda Mosby of North High School and Rasnapreet Suri of Stockdale High School.  Peggy Cole Darling was recognized as the 2010 Woman Defining Philanthropy for “walking the talk” of charitable giving, supporting Kern County arts organizations and motivating others to do the same.

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