The YWCA of Asheville recently received a Community Foundation Woman for Woman grant for $64,000 ($32,000 a year for 2 years) to continue to provide Drop-in Child Care service to women of low wealth who are seeking economic self-sufficiency. Drop-In Child Care is part of the YWCA’s New Choices economic empowerment program.
Securing affordable child care is one of the most critical barriers for women seeking economic self-sufficiency. This need was recently identified by Buncombe County as an economic development issue, and was determined to be one of their top priorities for 2009. Our services address two critical barriers women face when trying to improve their economic well-being: 1) flexible, affordable childcare while attending school or job training; and 2) access to essential job-related equipment necessary to begin work.
There are only 6 child care centers in Buncombe County who provide care outside standard work hours. The YWCA Drop-In Child Care Center is the only service of its kind in Buncombe County. Also in 2007-08, our Drop-in Child Care Center helped 151 families, which included 237 children. A-B Tech, Mountain BizWorks, OnTrack, and Buncombe County Literacy Council are some of the agencies serving clients who are seeking economic self-sufficiency who also use our Drop-in Child Care services.
We are very grateful for this grant. However, the YWCA can still use your support for our New Choices program. To make a donation, click here.