NEWBURGH - YWCA Orange County Executive Director Christine Sadowski and YWCA Board President Glynis Cowart are pleased to announce that YWCA Orange County has received a grant of $30,000 from Walgreens and YWCA USA. The funds will be used to support and enhance the not-for-profit agency’s economic empowerment programs for women. Applications for the grant funding were submitted by 98 different YWCAs from across the country. YWCA Orange County was one of just six agencies to be awarded $30,000 each, while 21 YWCAs received $5,000 each.
"We are delighted to receive this grant from YWCA USA and Walgreens," said Sadowski. "These funds will go a long way in helping us build our workforce programs, helping women learn more about higher wage, nontraditional jobs, and helping them develop the skills they need to succeed in those jobs. When one of the barriers to women’s economic self-sufficiency is occupational segregation, this program is critical in our overall work to help poor, women-headed households move out of poverty. Most often, when young women decide not to continue their education, they end up in minimum wage jobs without realizing that there are a range of opportunities open to them that pay higher wages," continued Sadowski.
Funding will support the YWCA’s Workforce Readiness for Nontraditional Employment program, which transitions women into higher paying, nontraditional jobs (such as through the YWCA’s window-cleaning enterprise, construction, or warehouse distribution type jobs), and assists them in gaining critical skills needed to succeed in the workforce.
Grantees were chosen through a competitive review process. In order to apply, local associations had to first demonstrate eligibility by completing a comprehensive questionnaire. Eligible associations then completed grant applications, which were scored against the following criteria: Compliance with YWCA membership requirements; a strong community need for YWCA Economic Empowerment programs; organizational capacity and demonstrated success in the field of economic empowerment; and projected outcomes of the project/work proposed in the grant. The awardees are committed to sharing their program’s best practices with other YWCAs throughout the year.
"I am proud of the work that Christine, her staff, and our board of directors accomplish in order to give women in need in our community a helping hand up," said Board President Cowart. "Workforce readiness training, wage negotiation classes, and non-traditional on-the-job training opportunities - like those available through FISH Window Cleaning - help our clients see that they have options, they don’t have to settle, they can do more. We look forward to being able to expand those programs with the help of this grant funding," Cowart added.
Information about upcoming YWCA Orange County economic empowerment programs is available by contacting the office at 561-8050 or visiting the website at www.ywca-orangecty.org or call 561-8050.