Evanston, Il. May 22, 2013 – The Woman’s Club of Evanston (WCE) announced the recipients of its 2013 community grants program at theannual Contributions to the Community Breakfast held today at the WCE’s
historic clubhouse. Twenty-four nonprofit organizations received funding support from the WCE, sharing more than $100,000.
Each year, the WCE invites nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in Evanston and the surrounding
communities to apply for grants. This year the WCE is directing its resources to support programs and organizations that provide assistance to teens in crisis and their caregivers. Areas of need may include the following: victims of violence, teen pregnancy, mental health, legal
support, and substance abuse.
The2013 grant recipients are:
Family Promise Chicago North Shore
Social Work Department of ETHS
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Howard Area Community Center
YWCA Evanston/North Shore
The Night Ministry
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois
Options for Youth – Subsequent Pregnancy Program
The Balanced Mind Foundation
Infant Welfare Society of Evanston
The Warming House Youth Center
Literature for All of Us
Turning Point Behavioral Heath Care
New Moms, Inc.
Links– North Shore Youth Health Service
Open Studio Project
At this event the WCE also awarded grants to two organizations selected in 2012 to receive the proceeds of our major fundraising events, the Benefit Show and the
Spring Benefit Gala. The beneficiary of the 2013 benefit show was The Institute for Therapy through the Arts – a
division of The Music Institute of Chicago. The beneficiary of the 2013 spring benefit gala was The Mitchel Museum
of the American Indian.
Beneficiaries for the WCE’s major fundraisers for 2014 were announced. The 2014 show beneficiary will be The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy. Funds raised will be used to extend the Violence Interventions and Prevention Project (VIP) to Evanston middle schools during the school year 2013-2014, and to help address issues leading to violence early-on. It is a holistic alternative to suspension program that was piloted and run at ETHS in 2011 and 2012, and prevented over 180 days of suspension.
The 2014 WCE Spring Benefit will fund Evanston Scholars, a college readiness and support program aimed at helping ambitious, first generation, low-income youth graduate from college. Starting in high school and continuing through college graduation, the program offers mentors,
workshops, college visits, ACT preparation, and individual college counseling.The goal of their five and a half year program is to see more students start and finish college.
Since 1889, the WCE has had a proud history of supporting organizations that make a difference in our community. The mission of the WCE is to advance philanthropic, educational, cultural and humanitarian principles and
activities, to assist organizations dedicated to such purposes, and to offer opportunities for women to share common interests and concerns.
For more information about The Woman’s Club of Evanston and its funding program visit www.wcofe.org. The Woman’s Club of Evanston is also on Facebook. “Like” the WCE’s fan page at www.facebook.com/WCofE
About The Woman’s Club of Evanston:
Founded in 1889 and currently celebrating its 125th anniversary, The Woman’s Club of Evanston (WCE) is a nonprofit organization of more than 400 women from the North Shore and beyond who are dedicated to community service, philanthropic work, and friendship. Each year the WCE contributes more than $100,000 to local nonprofit organizations and provides more than 5,000 hours of volunteer time to local community projects. Annual events include Fairy Tale Trail, Cornucopia Gift Fair, Dreams
Delivered Prom Boutique and the Benefit Show.