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October 1, 2013
Nearly 100 women gathered in Old Town Fort Collins on September 10th for one of our favorite events of the year - WomenGive's annual Lunch and Learn. Each year, this event is an opportunity for WomenGive members, supporters, and guests to learn more about specific issues facing women and girls in our community.
This year, WomenGive welcomed Cindy Willard, Vice President of Community Initiatives & Investments at the Women's Foundation of Colorado, to share an update on their latest research report, The Status of Women and Girls in Colorado.
The report reinforced the connectedness of specific issues that were the basis for WomenGive's founding mothers' decision to offer childcare scholarships to single mothers attending school: educational opportunity is integral to economic security. Without the supports necessary to complete postsecondary education, such as affordable, quality childcare, a woman's chances of securing a job with family-sustaining wages and good benefits diminishes significantly.
Cindy also shared some Larimer County-specific stats that underline the importance of WomenGive's work:
While women and girls in Colorado have made significant progress in recent decades, these statistics show that there is still much work to be done.
WomenGive is proud to be able to partner with the Women's Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) in our efforts to help women in Larimer County achieve economic self-sufficiency. 70% of WomenGive membership dollars go toward child care scholarships for single mothers in Larimer County, and 30% of membership dollars go toward WFCO to support public policy work at the state level.
We know that WomenGive is making a big impact here locally, but without public policy reforms at the state level, we will never be able to truly change the landscape for the women we are trying to help. WFCO does a fantastic job advocating for policy change at the State level to address barriers to self-sufficiency for all women in Colorado. It's a beautiful partnership and we are thankful for the work of WFCO.
To view Cindy's informative presentation from the Lunch and Learn, click here.
To see the full 160-page report of The Status of Women and Girls in Colorado from the Women's Foundation of Colorado, click here.
We also heard from Cassandra Hernandez, a WomenGive childcare scholarship recipient, who shared her inspiring story about her journey to self-sufficiency with the crowd. Thank you, Cassandra!
Thanks to everyone who attended this event! To see all photos from the event, check out our event photo album on Facebook. Be sure to "like" the WomenGive Facebook page while you're there!
Special thanks to WomenGive's mission sponsor, The Gendron Family, for sponsoring this event. Their mission sponsorship underwrites the entire cost of WomenGive events throughout the year, which enables membership dollars to have the most impact in the community.
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