We fund and find ways for women and girls to become self-confident, independent, contributing members of the community.
With events like Decadent Desserts, we find fun ways to bring people together for the purpose of advancing women & girls in the community. The 2021 Decadent Desserts to Your Door was a huge success! See party photos here.
A HUGE THANKS
TO OUR 2021 MISSION SPONSOR
A HUGE THANKS
TO OUR 2021 MISSION SPONSORS
GranteE of the month
Through the generosity of the Women's Fund of Weld County, Partners received $5,000 to support girls in One to One Mentoring programming. We supported mentoring relationships and provided life skills activities for 53 disadvantaged Weld County girls (7-17 years old) through the School Based and Community Based Mentoring programs. The goal was to build upon existing mentoring programming and target vulnerable girls who experienced challenges such as abuse, academic struggles, and poverty. COVID-19 exasperated these issues and physical distancing restrictions affected the number of youth/girls referred to our program (i.e. school, therapists and DA’s office closures or limited working hours), the number of adult mentors interested/able to commit to being a volunteer mentor, and the ability of our staff to conduct outreach (in person) to recruit mentors.
Our programs were able to immediately pivot during the initial weeks of COVID-19 and our offices never closed. Program staff utilized state and national networks to develop evidence supported strategies that worked best for our program/clientele; creating platforms for effective mentoring during social distancing with priority focus on the immediate well-being of youth. We concentrated our efforts on areas of program adaptation to better meet the current youth mental health needs arising from the pandemic and expanded reach to outlying communities. We had success in supporting existing partnerships, creating matches virtually and providing crucial connections to essential services for mentees/their families. We held online training for mentors and provided more resources through social media. We provided online life skill activities and check-ins via Zoom to keep youth engaged. Some program pivots will continue after the pandemic.
Ultimately, through your funding, we strengthened assets and protective factors to help 53 vulnerable girls be successful in life. Our evaluation reported positive and significant change in Self Esteem, Decision Making Skills, Academic Success, Delinquency, and Attitudes around Drug Use.
Thanks to the Women’s Fund of Weld County for the support.
WHY WE EXIST
The Women's Fund of Weld County, Inc. was founded in 1999 by women from the community dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls.
The Women's Fund was established with the purpose of creating a permanent fund to find, fund and nurture programs that address the unmet needs of women and girls in Weld County to enable them to become self-confident, independent, contributing members of the community.
The Women's Fund is a component fund of the Weld Community Foundation.