Programs receive Women's Foundation grants

Two area programs recently received grant funds from the Women's Foundation of Colorado.

The Girls to Women/Women to Girls program for Moffat and Routt counties received $5,000, and the Money Matters program run by the Boys & Girls Club of Craig received $2,500.

"Supporting and uniting the organizations that help women and girls all across Colorado is our top priority," said Gretchen McComb, president and CEO of the foundation. "By funding organizations like (these), we are not only addressing today's challenges, but creating advocates and champions for tomorrow."

The Girls to Women/Women to Girls program is a one-day event that invites women with careers to speak to about 100 eighth-grade girls and teach them financial responsibility. The program is held each spring at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

"It is fantastic, and it makes possible a very enlightening and rewarding day for the eighth-grade girls," said Patti Askew, who coordinates Girls to Women and Money Matters. "We expose the girls to as many different careers as we can get in that small amount of time."

Money Matters is a two-week workshop held in the spring at Moffat County High School. Community members, such as bank representatives, speak to students about financial issues such as credit.

The foundation's goal is to prepare women to be equal participants in society by teaching them to be economically self-sufficient.

To date, the foundation has invested more than $8.5 million and worked with more than 180 agencies in 75 Colorado communities.

For more information on the foundation, visit www.wfco.org.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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