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WHWF April Newsletter


BLOOM TOGETHER


As our community begins to recover in 2021, women and children need our help to bloom this Spring. Just as we have done for the past 29 years, Women Helping Women Fund will raise funds to support local nonprofit programs that serve women and children in need.

Instead of hosting our Annual Luncheon this year, WHWF is launching the Bloom Together virtual campaign that will run from April 26 - May 31 to raise funds for local nonprofit programs. We are excited to share with you which nonprofits have been selected to receive grant dollars in the coming weeks.

We will also host a virtual conversation on May 18 with 4 News Now Chief Meteorologist, Kris Crocker, and a surprise keynote speaker to be announced this month!

GRANTEE UPDATES

  • It is time WCFR's 15th annual Spring Tea! Join the “virtual” fun this month with a tea-inspired brunch and online auction filled with items to put you in the mood for spring. Make the event extra special by challenging your friends and family to make a collective gift! Register here.

  • Join Transitions on April 7th at 4:30pm for a quick virtual tour and renovation reveal at EduCare! Shelby, EduCare's Program Director will take you on a virtual walk-through of the facility, and show you the newly finished construction. More info.

  • After decades of planning, Joya is breaking ground on their brand new home in Spokane's University District! Learn more about the vision behind the new facility by visiting Joya's website. You can view the groundbreaking recording here. More info.

  • Save the date for the Vanessa's Promise Virtual Lunch-In on June 8! To continue to deepen their impact for children and families during these challenging times, they need your help! Sign up today to be a fundraising champion for Vanessa Behan's virtual event.

  • During the month of April, The Salvation Army is partnering with Yoke’s Fresh Market for a Round-Up campaign in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and North Idaho. Every Round-Up donation will benefit many community services and programs.

  • Registration for the CAPA/PREPARES spring round of Circle of Security Parenting opens on Tuesday April 6th, and it will end on Friday April 16th. Follow CAPA/PREPARES on social media for updates and reminders. More info.

NONPROFIT CONNECT


Did you know that nationally about 50% of the homeless population and 80% of the prison population have spent time in foster care? Did you know that on average, only 50% of foster youth graduate high school and 25% of foster youth will end up homeless?

The Spokane Angels mission is to walk alongside children in the foster care system, as well as their caretakers, by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship. Fellow foster parent and WHWF Executive Director, Heather Hamlin, had the opportunity to connect with Amber and Miranda to learn more about their work during last month's Nonprofit Connect!



THANK YOU, SPOKANE MOM PROM!


Thank you to Spokane Mom Prom for choosing to donate the proceeds of their event to Women Helping Women Fund!


Mom Prom is a night to celebrate and honor moms and all the ladies in your life! Visit the event page for more information about their event coming up on May 8. Learn more.


SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEWS ARE UNDERWAY


This month our Scholarship Committee will be interviewing eight scholarship applicants for the Vivian Winston Scholarship. Thank you to Avista Foundation for their support of the program this year with a $5,000 contribution!

This scholarship supports mothers juggling the cost of tuition and childcare. Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit, exemplary character with preference given to students demonstrating financial need. The value of the award is $1,500 to $4,000.


SPOTLIGHT SESSION


Childcare was in crisis even before 2020. Now it’s much worse. We connected with Edie Rice-Sauer, Executive Director of Transitions and Colleen Condon, Owner of Lilac City Early Learning Center to learn more about early learning access issues and opportunities in our community.



INSTAGRANT UPDATE

Our March InstaGrant has been awarded to the NAOMI Community! We're partnering with Will of Boy Scout Troop 440 to purchase materials for his Eagle Scout Project.

Will and his troop will install a 6' Cedar fence around the NAOMI home providing security and a safe space to play for the woman and children residing there.

NAOMI is a local nonprofit providing a safe community for women in recovery.


Below thank you from 2020-21 Grantee, Joya Child & Family Development:


Thank you to these major corporate partners who help to extend the reach and expand the impact of our mission!