Woman for Woman Grant

22 Jun

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.

drop-in-childcareSecuring 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.

3 Responses to “Woman for Woman Grant”

  1. AD July 21, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    Hello! I think it is amazing that you have the drop-in child care. Are there any other donations that are needed besides monetary donations?

  2. YWCA of Asheville July 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    Thank you for your comment! Of course we love donations other than monetary, but because of space limitations, are not able to store much.

    We can definitely use small donations of unopened, packaged healthy snack food, diapers of all sizes, and new toys.

    We also are always looking for donations of time – volunteers!

  3. Jenny Sliker - New Choices Director July 22, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    Donations like the ones listed in the second comment are fine – we can also use craft supplies, fresh fruit/veggies (for snacks) and children’s books.
    Craft supplies like crayons, paint, markers, glue, construction paper, play dough, safety scissors, craft foam, stickers are best.
    I can be contacted at 254-7206 ext 113.
    Comment from Jenny Sliker, New Choices director and supervisor of drop in child care.

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