The Women’s Fund Helps Women in Need

The Women’s Fund of the Greater Rochester Area Closes 2017 by Giving to Three Local Organizations

The Women’s Fund, whose goal is to help improve the lives of women in need by helping them become financially independent, awarded grants to three local organizations in November.

The Women's Fund Advisory Board of 12 women stand for a photo

The Women’s Fund Advisory Board

Career Dress, who promotes the economic independence of low to moderate income women by providing professional attire to women actively seeking employment, was this year’s recipient of a $7500 grant.  The money will be used to support their program, “Motoring Women Through Unemployment”.  The program provides gas cards or bus passes to women seeking employment or who have become newly employed.  Since its inception in 2002, Career Dress has served over 4,000 women.

The second grant was awarded to the Rochester Area Neighborhood House. The Rochester Area Neighborhood House is a non-profit human service organization founded by communities of faith in 1968.  They assist their neighbors during times of hardship, partnering with the community and other social service providers to help those neighbors in financial crisis toward self-sustainability.  The $5000 award will help fund their Intermediate Shelter for Homeless Women and Children Emergency Financial Assistance Program.

Lastly, a $2500 grant was awarded to the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, whose goal is to clothe, feed, educate and comfort children and adults through community-based projects. It is a non-profit, all volunteer organization.  This money will be specifically used to support their Assault Survivor Kits program.  The grant will provide funding to purchase supplies such as clothes and hygiene items for the individual survivor kits.

Over the past 17 years, the Women’s Fund has donated more than $300,000 to organizations helping women. The fund is a permanently endowed fund owned and administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester. Through grant-making, the Fund provides ongoing and future support for programs that aid women while preserving and managing its donations in perpetuity by spending only the fund’s income and annual earnings.

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  1. I’m a professional Organizer. Just finished with a Client who wanted to donate some clothes to Dress for Success. Found out they are in Ypsilanti. Too far. Would you be interested ? Please let me know where I can drop these off.

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