Community Resources: ‘A Woman’s Work’
by Pinedale Online!
July 28, 2010
Editor’s Note: As a result of the recent assault on a woman in Pinedale, we are getting questions from people asking "what can we do to help?" In every community and county, at all times of the year, women become victims of abuse, assault, rape and murder. Below is information about one local organization, "A Womans’ Work," that helps women who find themselves in these kinds of situations in our area.
In January 2008, a group of women in the Big Piney, LaBarge and Marbleton area got together to start a nonprofit foundation by finding 100 women willing to donate $100.00 within 100 days. The purpose of this foundation was to help women of all ages in precarious circumstances to get financial help in a timely manner. The foundation was called, "A Woman’s Work."
A Woman’s Work (AWW) is a unique funding source for women in the School District #9 area (Big Piney, Marbleton, and LaBarge). AWW is meant to provide help for immediate needs that cannot be met by other sources. All women who receive assistance from AWW must be living and/or working in School District #9 area for 45 days and must be referred by a local nonprofit organization, church, school, or AWW donor. Her name is kept as confidential as possible and board members will be informed of the need although they will not know who is in need. The board members determine if the need can be met through this fund and their response will be given quickly.
AWW is in partnership with local professionals in nonprofits, schools, and churches to assure that the women getting help have exhausted other options. Through this cooperative effort, a greater impact can be made on a woman’s life.
In 2008, AWW approved 17 grants for assistance amounting to $16,735.95. Community partners donated another $9,509, making the grand total $26,244.95.
In 2008, Encana granted AWW a total of $10,000 to help with both operational costs and grants. The Upper Green River Sustainable Community Fund (UGR) of the Wyoming Community Foundation granted AWW $16,000.
Advisory Board members of A Woman’s Work are LaVonne Stevens, Jeannie Lockwood, Jennifer Meeks, Kari Comstock, Carrie Budd, Mame Smith, Nancy Espenscheid, Joan Mitchell, Kathy Pompy Darlene James, Brandi Johnston, and Beth Kelly.
AWW Partners: Church of St. Anne, Community Christian Church, Community Congregational Church, Community Home care, Food Closet, Green Pastures, Kickin’ Cancer, Pregnancy Resource Center of Sublette County, SAFV (Substance Abuse & Family Violence Task Force), Sublette County Senior Center
"A Woman’s Work" Contact:
Executive Director LaVonne Stevens
PO Box 435
Big Piney, WY 83113
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