The WomenGive Navigator role is transitioning from a shared position with Project Self-Sufficiency to a fully dedicated and funded position within United Way effective July 1, 2019.
What is the WomenGive Navigator Position?
The WomenGive Navigator was established in 2015 as a shared position between Project Self-Sufficiency and United Way of Larimer County. Over the last four years, the position has managed the WomenGive scholarship application and selection process, including the leadership of committee volunteers, and provided one-on-one support to WomenGive recipients all while managing a small caseload of participants with Project Self-Sufficiency.
Moving forward, the new WomenGive Program Manager position will be solely responsible for the facilitation of the WomenGive program as a full-time employee of United Way of Larimer County, focusing on program implementation and expansion and advocating for recipients as an expert in the local childcare field.
Why Is This Shift Taking Place?
The demand for WomenGive scholarships has grown substantially since the program’s inception and now requires dedicated time and resources to manage the program and related processes efficiently. The number of WomenGive Applicants has doubled in the 18-19 fiscal year compared to the 17-18 year. Some of the reasons for this increase include:
Colorado Childcare Assistance Program is no longer accessible to individuals in education/training programs and has been on a “freeze” for almost three years due to inadequate funding at the State and County level.
WomenGive has introduced additional funded partnerships to meet community needs, including the Women In College Project through Front Range Community College, which allows single mother students to pursue their High School Equivalency (GED) and earn college credits concurrently while accessing WomenGive for childcare funding.
Will United Way and Project Self-Sufficiency Still Partner?
United Way and Project Self-Sufficiency have shared a long-time partnership and will continue to do so. Project Self-Sufficiency receives funding from United Way to help create pathways from poverty to financial stability. Additionally, the WomenGive Program Manager (formerly WomenGive Navigator) will refer appropriate candidates to Project Self-Sufficiency and vice versa. The two organizations will meet quarterly to ensure efficient and effective collaboration that helps strengthen Larimer County families.
For more information, contact Allison Hines, Senior Vice President of Resource Development, email@example.com, or 970.407.7013.