Women. Girls. Central Indiana - June 2012
I hope this finds you safe from the dangerous heat we are experiencing in central Indiana. I am so thankful to work in an office and live in a home that have air-conditioning! Days like these make me feel fortunate to not worry about the perils of the heat. I am grateful for all of our grantees who go out of their way to provide extra assistance to those in need of comfort right now.
- On June 7, OPTIONS Alumnae met with Mary Jo Lee, CEO of Alternatives Inc., an emergency shelter for domestic violence victims, to address these issues and explore the themes in Renting Lacy. This book was a catalyst to many thoughtful conversations among the women in attendance. Child sex trafficking is a serious issue in our country and we believe in our own community. We are committed to learning more about this critical issue and will keep you informed of what we learn. Read a timely story about the rescue of 79 teens during a sweep against child sex trafficking.
- Women's Fund and Indiana Fever partnered to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of Title IX. Indiana Fever hosted a special event that highlighted a panel of prominent female professionals and female athletes to talk about life before and after Title IX. A special grant from Women's Fund allowed 100 young girls from Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis to attend the June 21 game. The Fever also auctioned off '9' items, called the Women's Empowerment collectors series, which raised $2,800 for Women's Fund.
- I'm really excited for and would love to trade places with Women's Fund Advisory Board member, Kelly Krauskopf, who is headed to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, as a member of the USA Women's Basketball National Team Selection Committee. Kelly is new to our Board this year and has already been instrumental, developing our Title IX partnership with Indiana Fever.
Kelly was introduced to Women's Fund in 1999 when she joined Indiana Fever as COO and General Manager. Over the years she has followed Women's Fund, knowing someday she would be able to be more involved. The time came this year when she joined the Advisory Board. She shared: "I always wanted to be involved because the mission aligns with the work I do." Kelly enjoys seeing the look of awe in young girls watching Indiana Fever players and knowing the players serve as positive role models. My 12-year-old daughter and her basketball teammates are enthralled with and inspired by the great athletes who play for the Fever. It is evident at draft time that Kelly not only selects premier athletes but also women of substance. We are lucky to have them as a part of our community.
- This month we visited Girl Scouts of Central Indiana's Camp Dellwood and were given a behind the scenes look at the work this organization does to build courage, confidence, and character in girls. At Camp Dellwood we were educated about the activities and programs available to 27,000 girls each year, as shared in this blog post by Andrea Kleymeyer, OPTIONS Class 12 member.
- In 2001, members of the first OPTIONS Alumnae class created an endowed scholarship within Women's Fund to help create access to education for women facing significant barriers to attending college. This week, the scholarship committee awarded two scholarships. A mother of five who is returning to school and pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse was awarded a four-year renewable scholarship of nearly $10,000 annually. A one-time bonus scholarship of $7,000 was awarded to previous four-year OPTIONS Alumnae scholar who unexpectedly lost a very significant scholarship, through no fault of her own, resulting in a $30,000 gap in her ability to pay tuition. The committee feels an important connection to her and wanted to give her a vote of confidence, as she is a straight-A student despite facing what many would consider insurmountable odds towards receiving her degree. Additionally, the committee is helping her find a paid internship in her intended field so she can earn both experience and money towards finishing school. This is particularly rewarding for us as we rarely get to see our impact on a single individual, as nearly all of our funding is oriented to organizations who are striving to improve conditions for women and girls in our community.
I appreciate the support you share with Women's Fund; thank you! And, if you are inspired by something you read today, please consider making a contribution to help sustain our impact in the community.
Jennifer Pope Baker
Women's Fund of Central Indiana
Central Indiana Community Foundation
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