NMCF 30News Release

                                                         FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sarah Ghiorse
Program Director of NewMexicoWomen.Org
505.820.6860 x 18
sarahg@nmcf.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2014                                                                                                        

NewMexicoWomen.Org, a fund initiative of New Mexico Community Foundation, awards $51,155 to support women’s economic security. 

Santa Fe, New Mexico – Based on the findings from NewMexicoWomen.Org’s recently published Indicators Report, and in conjunction with our Take a Stand for New Mexico Women and Girls campaign, the focus of this funding was on women’s economic self-sufficiency. NMW.O is aware that the cycle of poverty underpins many other pressing issues faced by women in our state. To that end, this year’s grant making focused on programs that are working to increase the economic security for women and girls in New Mexico. Six grants were made to organizations in New Mexico that are working effectively to address the root causes of economic insecurity, and to interrupt the cycle of poverty in order to improve the lives of women and girls.

Masada House, Farmington, NM – $9,555

Masada House, Inc. is a Transitional Living Program that assists homeless women recovering from substance abuse by providing a safe and stable living situation with set rules, boundaries, expectations, encouragement and support to live a safe, clean, independent and sober life and to become employable and employed.

OLÉ Education Fund, Albuquerque, NM – $10,000

OLÉ and the Rise of Women’s Economic Status through Early Childhood Educationproject is intended to organize early childhood education center owners, early childhood educators and parents in order to create a partnership between the three groups.

Southwest Creations Collaborative, Albuquerque, NM – $10,000

Using a women-focused, multi-generational approach, Southwest Creations’ Employability and Education Equity for Women and Girls program addresses the multiple barriers that low-income women and girls experience in becoming economically self-sufficient.

Southwest Women’s Law Center, Albuquerque, NM – $5,000

The Advancing Women’s Economic Security in New Mexico project will focus on collecting data and information in five key counties around New Mexico to be used to educate women and businesses about the Fair Pay Act for Women.

Spirit of Hidalgo, Lordsburg, NM – $10,000

SPIRIT of Hidalgo’s Hidalgo Women’s Cooperative proposes to continue the development of an infrastructure to support the ability of women and girls to earn an income, primary or supplemental, while caring for their families. The primary activities are the continued development of a community kitchen and café, marketing opportunities, a network of professional help, and increased resources for support.

Tres Manos Weaving of New Mexico, Mesilla, NM – $6,600

Tres Manos Weaving of New Mexico, Inc. is a charitable nonprofit that provides free weaving, business, and life-skills training for low income women of southern Dona Ana County to become professional weaving artisans.

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