Women Giving for Spartanburg – 2014 Grantees

Women Giving for Spartanburg awarded its 2014 grants to eight nonprofit organizations during The Annual Meeting and Grants Award Ceremony on May 12, 2014.  This year, Women Giving for Spartanburg awarded grants in all focus areas in which grants were received; Education, Economy, Social Environment, and Public Health. A total of $225,000 was given to Spartanburg area nonprofits for the 2014 Grant Cycle.

2014 Grant Winners Video

Project Learn & Grow
Bethlehem Center     $47,850
Indicator Area: Education

The Bethlehem Center seeks to expand the capacity and effectiveness of its after school youth development program. The center’s program serves a daily attendance of about 30 children after school with homework assistance and recreation. Within a half mile of the center more than 100 children ages 6-12 reside in subsidized housing communities. The Center has the capacity to serve 60+ per day. This grant will help the Bethlehem Center develop and implement a proven youth development strategy with the staffing and transportation needed to effectively service the after school needs of the at-risk youth that live near the center.

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Customized Supported Employment Center
Charles Lea Center Foundation     $25,156
Indicator Area: Economy

The Charles Lea Center Foundation requests $25,156 to up-fit a Customized Supported Employment Center at the Charles Lea Center’s WorkAbility Center located on Highway 176 near Inman, SC and to train and certify the staff for the Customized Supported Employment Center.

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Expanding Support for Families in Crisis
Hope Center for Children     $35,000
Indicator Area: Social Environment

Hope Center for Children applied a new evidence-based curriculum to some of our parenting programs a little over one year ago and has had great results. Our overall goal of this grant request is to use this evidence-based model to expand our programming to over stressed families, especially Latino/Hispanic families, in order to build and strengthen family characteristics proven to protect against child abuse and neglect. One zip code in Spartanburg County has a particularly high first time incidence of child abuse and neglect. We wish to expand services to this primarily Spanish-speaking community where it is notably needed.

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Family Health Clinic
Middle Tyger Community Center     $20,000
Indicator Area: Public Health

Middle Tyger Community Center (MTCC) seeks support to update and refurbish the health clinic wing of its building to make it a warm, welcoming, family-friendly space. The space is currently partially occupied by a counseling center serving hundreds of children and families, and it is anticipated that a medical clinic will also be operating in the wing no later than September 2014.

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Upstate Stand Down 2014
Operation Restoration     $25,000
Indicator Area: Social Environment

Most of us can’t imagine what it is like to awaken each morning needing a change of clothes, a hot shower, a safe haven of shelter, a warm blanket, a hearty meal or a simple bottle of shampoo. We can’t begin to imagine what is must be like to need a job and not know how to find it, to need housing, benefits and services that can’t be accessed because information is often non-existent and there is no transportation to get to those agencies that could provide help. It would be so easy to just give up and completely withdraw from mainstream society.
Our veterans in need, those in our own community neighborhoods, are struggling everyday with these challenges. The 2013 Upstate Stand Down is committed to identifying and bringing in as many homeless veterans, veterans at risk for homelessness, veterans in need and their families in the upstate on Stand Down day, Our second annual Stand Down was held October 17, 2013.The next Upstate Stand Down is planned for October 16, 2014. Our mission is to provide life’s essentials to help them face the cold winter and to give them the means to improve their quality of life…one step at a time. The ultimate spirit of Stand Down is fueled by love, a sense of belonging and acceptance and letting our veterans in need know they are valued and appreciated for their service and sacrifice. For our participants on Stand Down day, tension becomes relaxation, isolation turns to interaction, mistrust becomes trust, hopelessness transforms to hope itself, and the sense of being forgotten is changed to “Yes, indeed, I am remembered!”

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Every Woman Screened
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation     $25,244
Indicator Area: Public Health

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation (SRHSF) is seeking support to fund our hospital’s Mammography Assistance Program in 2014/2015 that provides free screening mammography. National statics shows that SC ranks 13th in the nation for breast cancer deaths, in part due to late diagnoses. Our goal is to reduce the breast cancer mortality rate of African-Americans that are uninsured and underserved in Spartanburg County by reducing the financial, social and transportation barriers that prevent these populations from being screened.

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Early Childhood Learning Center
The Walker Foundation     $20,000
Indicator Area: Education

A financial investment from Women Giving for Spartanburg would assist in the furnishing for one classroom in the Early Childhood Center located on the campus of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB). This unique classroom and learning environment will offer an ever changing array of elements along with state of the art technology and permanent equipment that will allow our students to build, play, dream and explore – the possibilities are endless. This classroom would be named in honor of Women Giving for Spartanburg.

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Child Advocacy Studies Training Center
USC Upstate Foundation     $26,750
Indicator Area: Social Environment

Child maltreatment is an epidemic problem that is preventable through education and prevention practices. Spartanburg County has high rates of maltreatment resulting in lifelong negative outcomes for the child and community. Many child protection professionals lack adequate training in recognizing maltreatment and appropriate responses. The need for education and training is critical. The proposed project addresses this need with the creation of a mock house for simulated training in investigations and child safety. This project will be expanded in the near future to include a mock courtroom/training room for trial preparation and other state of the art professional trainings.

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