Windham Women & Girls Fund, Ossen Foundation announce $39,000 in “first round” grants for 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

From girls self defense classes to domestic violence awareness training

Successful Challenge may generate up to $27,000 more in grant dollars

WINDHAM, CT -- The Windham Area Women & Girls Fund of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation have teamed up to support 13 projects that should directly improve the lives of area women and girls in the coming year.

Among the projects funded are programs for older women so they can continue living at home; scholarships for Girl Scout summer camp; domestic violence awareness training; and self-defense classes for high school seniors.

Could distribute another $27,000 if “Ossen Challenge” is fully met

Organizers said the $39.096 in grants could climb to as much as $66,000 if they raise another $27,000 in donations by December 31.

“Eileen Ossen of the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation has offered the region a remarkable “Challenge”, explained Kip Parker, Community Foundation staffperson to the Fund. “ The Ossen Foundation is matching every dollar donated to the Women & Girls Fund permanent endowment with an equal dollar amount for grants, up to $66,000 for 2013.”

Parker said the initial grants represent the $39,096 raised so far this year. Any more Challenge dollars raised by the end of December will be distributed early in 2014.

The Ossen Challenge is in its second of three years, said Parker.

“Thanks to the Challenge, in 2012 we were able to fully fund every worthy grant request the Fund received and add another $90,000 to the endowment for future grantmaking,” she pointed out. “This year, we have more than $76,000 in requests. We’re hoping we’ll be able to fund a lot more of them, but that depends on donations.”

Parker urged people who would like to help meet the 2013 Challenge to visit the Community Foundation’s website at, or to contact her directly at (860) 442-3572 or

Grants Distribition

Access Community Action Agency, Willimantic: Women: Inspired!: To provide microbusiness development counseling, resources, and tracking to 22 women who participated in the 2013 Women: Inspired! breakfast - $4,000

Arc of Quinebaug Valley, Inc., Danielson: Positive Choices: Healthy Relationships & Sexuality for Students with Disabilities: To increase the knowledge of and comfort with reproductive health issues among individuals with disabilities, as well as to promote wellness by encouraging appropriate health care and positive health practices - $1,000

Connecticut Community Care, Inc., Bristol: Independent Living Fund (Eastern Region): To provide assistance to older adults and individuals with disabilities and limited economic means, so they can remain safely in their own
homes for as long as possible - $4,000

Covenant Soup Kitchen, Willimantic: Meals Program: To provide food assistance to women and children - $1,879

Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Hartford: 2014 Summer Camp Scholarships: Scholarships to enable girls to take advantage of six weeks of outdoor camping in a natural setting across Connecticut in 2014 - $3,000

Mansfield Advocates for Children, Mansfield: Leadership Skills through the Mansfield Community Playground: Leadership development and community service activities for girls ages 5-18 via the Mansfield Community Playground. Playground leaders will mentor skills in public speaking, budgeting, planning events, executing fundraising plans, and making collaborative group decisions - $3,000

Perception Programs, Inc., Willimantic: Next Step Cottage: To purchase educational/informational DVDs and supplemental materials related to seeking and maintaining employment - $2,217

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, New Haven: Windham County Fund for Access: Access to health care for uninsured women and teens - $5,000

T.E.E.G., North Grosvenordale: Women's Self Defense: Self defense classes for young women graduating from high school - $2,500

United Services, Inc.: United Services Domestic Violence Program: Purchase and installation of security camera surveillance systems outside two Domestic Violence shelters in Windham County - $5,000

Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, Willimantic: Partners in Independence Adult Mentoring Program: Partners in Independence Program (PIP) recruits interested community volunteers to mentor adults facing barriers to economic
stability - $4,000

Windham County 4-H Foundation, Inc., Pomfret: Camperships: To provide camerships and transportation assistance to middle school-age Latino girls from the Willimantic area - $2,000

Windham Hospital Foundation, Willimantic: Domestic Violence Awareness Training Program: To develop a domestic violence awareness, educational, and intervention program for clinical staff - $1,500

TOTAL: $39,096



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