YWCA Spokane has helped women and children overcome social, economic, racial, and personal barriers to accomplish their goals and achieve healthier and more fulfilling lives. Today their programs support survivors of intimate partner domestic violence (DV), promote early childhood education, and confront racial and social justice issues.
Through this grant, you helped to fund Mobility Mentoring®–a coaching method where coaches partner with participants to acquire the resources, skills, and behavior changes necessary to improve their economic independence.
West Central Community Center
Youth Enrichment Programs
West Central Community Center (WCCC) is a neighborhood hub where low-income families from Spokane’s West Central, West Plains, and Emerson-Garfield neighborhoods come to access Head Start, Unify Community Health, WIC, supportive services for adults with disabilities, and youth development programming.
Through this grant, you helped to support the Youth Enrichment Program. Traditionally offered before and after school and during the summer, the childcare program gives youth a safe place for learning, recreation, connection with peers, and support from trusted mentors. During COVID, the program expanded to serve their target population as a Learning Center where youth attend online school.
Powered by their generous donors, talented staff and many caring committed partners, Treehouse has become Washington’s leading organization addressing the academic and other essential supports of more than 7,800 youth in foster care.
Through this grant, you helped to support their Graduation Success program that works to close the high school graduation gap between youth in foster care and their peers. The program utilizes Graduation Success Coordinators, Treehouse-trained mentors, to support high school students. They meet weekly with youth to coach them in self-advocacy and problem solving, and to help each youth set and make progress towards personally meaningful goals.
Emergency Foster Care Receiving Center
The Salvation Army transforms the lives of the most vulnerable families and children. Their commitment and vision is to help the whole person physically, emotionally and spiritually without discrimination and always with dignity and respect.
Through this grant, you helped to support Sally's House and Evangeline’s House. These homes are the only emergency foster care receiving facility in the state. Specially trained staff are on site to accept children 24/7 for emergency placement.
Safe Families for Children
Olive Crest’s mission is dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children, and preserving the family. Their purpose is to address WA State’s child welfare service gaps.
Through this grant, you helped to support Safe Families for Children, a volunteer-based program that addresses the needs of families in crisis. Children are placed into screened "safe homes" so that moms can take their time and get the help they need, without threat of losing custody.
Morning Star Boys' Ranch
The Murphy House Therapeutic Behavioral Rehabilitation Services - Nutritional Program
Morning Star provides love, professional care, guidance and hope to children, youth and families, and nurtures their social, moral, educational and emotional growth.
Through this grant, you helped to provide a whole food nutrition program which includes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grans, and animal proteins. Access to more nutritious food will help to increase the overall health and wellness of the youth.
Small Business Ownership and Job Skills for Mothers
An incubator kitchen and community gathering space, featuring a rotating group of immigrant and former-refugee chefs who are co-creating this project with neighbors and friends, and serving up amazing international cuisine, available for take-out several nights a week on a rotating basis.
Through this grant, you helped to provide training and small business incubation services/support specifically for their female chefs, many of whom are also mothers with children living at home. Feast Collective was founded by a female former refugee and two local chefs to address the overwhelming barriers facing immigrants and former refugees here in Spokane.
Catholic Charities Eastern Washington
CAPA/PREPARES - At-Home Education Support
Catholic Charities Eastern Washington (CCEW) affirms the dignity of every person, partnering with parishes and the greater community to serve and advocate for those who are vulnerable, bringing stability and hope to people throughout Eastern Washington.
Through this grant, you helped to support the At-Home Education Support program to help parents confront their fear and anxiety, navigate school resources, and become more effective at-home educators. CAPA has created socially distanced workstations where students can receive 1.5-hours of in-person one-on-one instruction per week.
A Refuge: Trauma Informed Therapies
CalmWorks: Psychological Spa for Parents
The mission of A Refuge is to provide affordable mental health counseling and education that promotes safe exploration of current struggles and past trauma, designed to empower client-centered change and to promote wellness for clients, staff, and the community.
Through this grant, you helped to provide staffing for this strength-based family skills training program for parents, drawn from evidence-based programs. The sessions are less instructional and more self-care; a "psychological spa" where actual practice will result in reduced cortisol output and greater positive reinforcement.
Women & Children's Free Restaurant
Emergency Food Response
WCFR is a vital safety net which fills nutritional gaps for women and children in need while fostering dignity and respect. They address the disparities and inequities that accompany food insecurity among Spokane’s hungry women, teens, and children.
Through this grant, you helped to provide kitchen supplies necessary for WCFR to prepare, store, and distribute meals safety. A portion of funds will also be used for supplementary food, which they purchase to augment ingredients received through in-kind donations.
Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery
Expanded Age Emergency Childcare Program
Vanessa Behan provides free, respite care for children from ages 0-12, for up to 72 hours at a time. This care includes food, clothing, diapers and ensuring all basic needs are met for the children in our care. Most importantly, they receive unconditional love and nurturing care from staff and volunteers.
Through this grant, you helped to support their new Expanded Age Emergency Childcare Program. They now provide free 24-hour emergency childcare for children in an expanded age range of seven to age 12, and support services for their families. This safe quality care provides the social, emotional, and behavioral support to ensure youth are prepared to thrive in early education and beyond.
Transitions’ mission is to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane. They serve anywhere from 1500 to 1800 women and children annually. They offer safety, support, and skills to help women make life-transforming changes from homelessness and crises towards independence and stability.
Through this grant, you helped to support EduCare, the only childcare program co-located and integrated with harm-reduction, supportive housing programming for low-income families. Co-locating childcare with housing, in a familiar environment with familiar caregivers, supports children’s sense of stability and mitigates feelings of abandonment and anxiety.
Spokane Ride to Health - CHAS 1st Steps
SNAP is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency that helps families & individuals make a successful transition from crisis to greater self-sufficiency. They serve Spokane County to alleviate the conditions of poverty towards stabilization of individuals and families and equip those who desire with a strategy and tools to exit poverty.
Through this grant, you helped to provide transportation services to expecting and new mothers experiencing transportation barriers to meet their pre-natal care appointments and classes.
Mental Health through Peer Support and Education
NAMI Spokane envisions a world where all those impacted by mental health conditions know they are not alone and are empowered to live their most fulfilling lives. They work to meet unmet mental health needs within our community.
Through this grant, you helped to cover staffing costs that will help NAMI Spokane to carry out their prevention and intervention programs such as support groups, classes, "Ending the Silence" school-based outreach, and "In Our Own Voice" outreach and community education.
Lumen High School
Early Learning Supportive Learning Model
Lumen High School is a public charter school that is committed to empowering two generations by providing high academic standards, a specialized early learning center and wrap around supports to meet the layered needs of teen parents in Spokane County.
With this grant, you helped to provide Learning and the Brain Training that incorporates the aspects of social emotional, attachment, and interpersonal neurobiology. You also helped to provide on-site consulting sessions with Circle of Security for their staff and students.
Family Promise of Spokane
Emergency Shelter & Homeless Support Services for Families with Infants
Family Promise of Spokane's mission is to equip families and communities to end the cycle of homelessness in Spokane County. They believe that all people have infinite worth and can reach their full potential when given the proper support and encouragement.
Through this grant, you helped to support Spokane County's first Infant Shelter and Family Respite Program. It is ideal for families that need to travel to the hospital for appointments or emergency services. Each family will have a private room and access to a full kitchen and pantry, showers and hygiene items, laundry, and kids programming. Furthermore, parents will receive intensive case management services to help them develop goals to achieve housing sustainability.
Career Path Services
Proactive Success Coaching
Career Path Services is a workforce development human service nonprofit corporation. Their purpose is to break the spirit of poverty though the dignity of work through empowering people, enhancing workforce, and enriching communities.
Through this grant, you helped to support Proactive Success Coaching. An employment retention program offering intentional, participant-centered support as they transition off public assistance into employment. Their priority is to support women exiting government-funded programs into employment with retention services.
Since 1992, Women Helping Women Fund has awarded $6 million in grants to nearly 600 programs. Extensive research is conducted - including a thorough needs assessment - in order to identify the organizations best equipped to meet the needs of women and children.
Women Helping Women Fund provides funds to programs that offer preventive strategies and/or proactive initiatives in one or more of the following areas that align with the organization's mission to empower women and children to create healthy families and vibrant communities.
Basic Needs- Ensuring a safe and healthy environment for women and/or children
Education- Helping women and/or children achieve their potential
Financial Stability- Increasing financial stability and opportunity for women and/or children
Have 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.
Spend no more than 5% of your budget on legislative involvement.
Apply to fund a program in Spokane County only. WHWF does not fund organizations
WHWF grants funds to specific programs, not agencies, which support women and children.
WHWF encourages that each agency only submits one application each year. Given the high demand for funding, it is unlikely that WHWF will be able to provide funding to more than one program per agency within a grant year.
WHWF awards responsive grants for one year. Grant funds are available to spend between July 1 and June 30. No funds should be expensed prior to July 1 or after June 30. After the termination of the grant year, unexpended funds must be returned to the WHWF office by September 1.
WHWF examines the financial stability of programs and agencies.
WHWF favors innovative, collaborative, and creative programs that meet community needs and align with our mission to empower women and children to create healthy families and vibrant communities.
WHWF may conduct site visits prior to allocating funds.