AAUW branch to offer up to $8,000 in grants for community projects

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Walla Walla American Association of University Women Branch’s Kitchen Tour in the fall and the Used Book Sale this winter successfully raised tremendous sums for projects that benefit the community. As such, the AAUW Board voted to make up to $8,000 available for community projects through a mini-grant process, said member Linda Brown in a release.

Applicants must demonstrate consideration of AAUW’s mission, which is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Applications also must be for local projects and provide recognition and visibility for the local AAUW branch.

Eleven grants were announced at the philanthropic group’s spring dinner meeting: Forward with STEM middle school quadcopter program; Dayton Elementary School math/science books for library; Walla Walla Police Department books for survivors of domestic violence; Books for Babes literacy materials and books for new families; YWCA renovation and materials for therapeutic play room at the shelter; Green Park School materials for special reading program to support struggling third graders; The Health Center support for staff training; Prescott School library resources; Walla Walla Public Schools solo and ensemble festival support; Blue Mountain Action Council individual adult literacy tutoring; and Friends of Farm Labor Homes education support/ESL/women.

The Mini-Grant Committee included Linda, Tina Hector, Beth Kreger, Jeanne Beirne, Mary Lynne Schroeder and Eleanor Buckey.

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