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More than $26,000 in grants given out by county Women's Fund

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Grants by women for women and girls were awarded Wednesday by The Women’s Fund, an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation of Lorain County.

The fund is a permanent endowment that since 1991 has awarded more than $162,000 to endeavors that benefits women and children in Lorain County. This funding cycle the Women’s Fund is awarding 17 grants totaling $26,668.

Lorain Schools received three grants for programming geared toward teaching girls positive life skills.

The Find Your Fire program received $1,996 and will seek to engage 30 young women at Lorain High School in a one-day self-awareness retreat at Common Ground in Oberlin. It would serve as an orientation event for the girls to participate in a mentoring program at Lorain High School.

The New Beginnings Academy will use $1,500 for a weekly all girls group that meets to teach life skills and social and emotional well-being to students in seventh through 12th grades. The grant will purchase T-shirts and cover transportation costs for field trips to area colleges for the groups.

Finally, Lorain will use another $1,500 to incorporate yoga into teachings for students at Southview Middle School.

A $2,000 grant will support a Grafton-Midview Public Library program for single mothers and their children residing in the Colonial Oaks Mobile Home Park in Elyria, an area within the library’s service district. The program will take place on-site at Colonial Oaks. Children of the participants will meet with a librarian for child-focused activities while the mothers would work with an additional librarian to learn job-searching skills, inexpensive meal prep and technology education.

The grant will purchase mobile hot spots and equipment to provide temporary use of Wi-Fi in a small vicinity.

The Women’s Fund also supports multiple camp programs throughout Lorain County. Camp I.D.E.A.S. will receive a $2,000 grant for its summer learning camp for children with special needs from prekindergarten to high school. Participating school districts include Amherst, Avon, Elyria, Oberlin and Wellington.

Another $2,000 grant will support a mini-camp summer program for Youth Challenge. The camp serves young children with physical disabilities such as spina bifida, muscular dystrophy and vision and/or hearing impairments.

Transportation is provided for participants by Youth Challenge to and from the camps, which will be held at an accessible location in Oberlin or Amherst.

A $1,000 grant to Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio will support Girl Scout camperships for youth in Lorain County. Camperships are scholarships that allow girls from low-income families to enroll in the Girl Scout experience.

Other grants were rewarded to the Help for Mom Program, Lorain County Safe Harbor Genesis House, Neighborhood Alliance, Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County, Save Our Children’s Elyria Teens Achieve Success, Blessing House, Family Promise of Lorain County and National Alliance on Mental Illness of Lorain County.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

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