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Jefferson State Receives $25,000 Grant from Women's Fund

January 25, 2016 dbobo Blog
Jeff State-Head Start

The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham President Jeanne Jackson (R) presents a $25,000 check to Jefferson State Workforce Education Director Kay Potter and St. Clair County Head Start Director Latoya Orr (L).

Posted: January 2016

Jefferson State Community College and  six  local nonprofit agencies recently received grants from The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham to help  strengthen the economic security of low-income women and their families and work to end intergenerational poverty.

The grants focus on providing essential services for single women and their families identified by research and community roundtable discussions. Support for the grants comes from generous individuals from within and beyond the Birmingham area.

Jefferson State’s $25,000 grant is a collaborative program with the St. Clair County Head Start. The program provides dental assistant training for single mothers of children in St. Clair County Head Start to improve their economic security with a transferable, credentialed skill.

“The generous support of the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham allows Jefferson State to provide  a pathway  out of poverty for single moms,” said Jefferson State Workforce Education Director Kay Potter. “This  effort  is a true community partnership…  the  First Methodist Church of Pell City  provides nutritious, delicious meals for the moms at each class meeting, Pell City Dentist  Dr. Scott Barnett provides his office as a lab for the ladies to practice dental assistant  skills, and St. Clair Head Start provides a fantastic facility for learning.”

“Collective giving is a powerful way to transform a community,” says Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham  President Jeanne Jackson. “With these grants, individuals’ gifts to The Women’s Fund are leveraged into long-lasting change. Each grant addresses the complex problem of poverty. By providing job skills training, affordable housing, childcare, and mentorship, women have greater opportunities to move into financial independence. These grants unlock human potential.”

A ceremony to honor the grant recipients was held at Regions on January 14, 2016.

To  see how  this program has already changed lives click here: JeVonne Carter.