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May 13, 2015
Brandee Kaslar has been a WomenGive scholarship recipient for three years. With motivation from her son Ty, Brandee has been working towards her Associates degree at Front Range Community College, and is on track to graduate this spring. But even knowing a degree would improve her and Ty's lives, Brandee struggled to get through this last semester. Her classes were hard, homework piled up, and she was ready to give up. When she hoped for good news she instead received a rejection letter from University of Northern Colorado, where she had planned to transfer and pursue her Bachelor's degree.
Just as the odds seemed stacked against her, Brandee received a card in the mail from United Way'sWomenGive. “Dear Brandee… We hope this semester is going well. You can do it!” A simple card, written by the WomenGive Connections Committee, renewed Brandee's confidence and determination towards her goal. Knowing that there are hundreds of WomenGive members, supporting her both in spirit and through their contributions towards her scholarship for Ty's childcare, made all the difference. Brandee has since applied and been accepted to Colorado State University's Business School, where she will continue her higher education this fall. She's back on track to graduate from Front Range this spring. Theencouragement from WomenGive helped her achieve her degree, but her hard work and dedication will bring her one step closer to self-sufficiency for her family.
Many guests were moved as Brandee recounted her story at WomenGive's Spring Social event on April 4th. Held at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, over sixty guests gathered for food and drink and to hear more about the WomenGive program. WomenGive Co Chair Michele Marquitz welcomed guests, and thanked WomenGive's Mission Sponsor, the Gendron Family, for their incredible support. Sponsors Tom and Traci Gendron were in the audience as Michele noted that all WomenGive events are free to attend because of their generous contributions.
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Before introducing Brandee, Michele shared some statistics on WomenGive's work, and the need in our community. She explained the transformational power of higher education for women, and how the high cost of childcare is often one of the largest barriers for single mothers working towards a degree.
While we know WomenGive's childcare scholarship support is helping women and children here in Larimer County, without statewide systemic change, we won't be able to achieve the long-term results needed to end poverty for women & children in Colorado. To that end, WomenGive partners with the Women's Foundation of Colorado to help support the important research and policy work being done at the state level. Patti Klinge from the Women's Foundation Board of Trustees addressed guests to share more about WomenGive's partnership, and bills the Foundation is currently supporting in this legislative session.
Finally, Allison Hines, United Way's Director of Resource Development, spoke to guests about how they could get involved and support WomenGive at only $41.67 per month.
In closing guests were entertained by a short performance from Resonant RAMbling, Colorado State University's student a cappella group. Many guests purchased group tickets for the Lincoln Center's Straight No Chaser a cappella show, following the Social.
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