Community Foundation's Women's & Girls Funds announce more than $100,000 in grants

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has announced grants totaling more than $100,000 from the organization's Women's & Girls Fund chapters in the Norwich and New London areas.

Norwich-area organizations received $15,000 in grants, while the New London chapter offered up $90,400 for programs to empower women and girls in the region. Two other chapters, in Willimantic and Putnam, have yet to announce grant totals.

"Women & Girls grants are all about empowering women and girls to make good decisions and seize opportunities," said Ruth Crocker, chairwoman of the New London area Women & Girls Fund, in a statement. "The Women & Girls Fund also empowers women as donors."

A total of $30,000 in the New London area will go to teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention programs with Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Office of Community Partnerships and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England granted $10,000 each.

The New London chapter also gave grants totaling $23,500 to help keep senior women in their homes. The Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut received $15,000, while $4,000 went to Connecticut Community Care and $4,500 to Catholic Charities.

Another $2,000 targeted efforts to prepare women for the workforce: $1,200 to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and $800 to Safe Futures.

Other grants from the New London chapter and the amounts were: Child & Family Agency, $6,000 for an integrated family violence program; Safe Futures, $8,000 to encourage using domestic-violence support services; Thames River Community Service, $6,000 for a child development program; Stonington Public Schools, $6,900 for a healthy relationships program; Covenant Shelter of New London, $2,500 to counsel homeless women, and New London Adult & Continuing Education, $5,500 for a bilingual social worker.

Grants from the Norwich chapter were: Madonna Place, $3,000; Planned Parenthood, $5,000; St. Vincent de Paul Place, $2,000, and Safe Futures, $5,000.

The announcements were made at the foundation's annual Celebration of Women Breakfast in Mystic featuring guest speaker Sandra L. Stosz, superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. About 130 people attended.

Eastern Connecticut's four Women & Girls Funds have more than $2.1 million on hand and have collectively funded nearly $1 million in programs through their grants.

"Together, we can do more to help women who want to better their lives and girls who just need that one helping hand to ensure they are on a positive path," Crocker said.

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