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Grants to help women and girls

The Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley on Thursday awarded grants to 10 area organizations during its 19th annual special awards luncheon.

Each year, the foundation awards grants to programs making a real difference in the lives of women and in the future of girls. It has awarded more than $1 million to programs that have proven successful in helping women and girls achieve economic self-sufficiency.

2013 recipients are:

• Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach: Women Empowerment Program, $10,000.

• YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County: College Readiness for Young Mothers, $10,000.

• Women Helping Girls: Envision-Experience! $8,500.

• Society for Protection and Care of Children: Teen Age Parent Support Services, $10,000.

• Young Women’s College Prep: Cool Women, Hot Jobs Career Day, Brag Day, $5,000.

• Catholic Family Center: Financial Capability Classes, $6,000.

• Sojourner House: Henrietta Hammond Institute for Life Skills, $10,000.

• Catholic Charities of Wayne County: College Bound. $14,000.

• RAIHN, Homeless Family Emergency Housing Program: Women Heads of Household Achieving Economic Self-Sufficiency, $6,500.

• LASS Girls: Financial Literacy, $2,000.

The Women’s Foundation Grant Awards Luncheon is sponsored by DeJoy, Knauf & Blood LLP; East Ave Inn and Suites; Dr. Melanie M. Butler, Urology Associates of Rochester; and David Urban & Duncan Bull, Northwestern Financial Network.

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