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The Junior League of Reno announces grant awards


Square_for_webpageJUNIOR LEAGUE OF RENO NEWS RELEASE – Thursday, May 30, the Junior League of Reno announced awarding $20,000 in grants to eight deserving non-profits in northern Nevada. The grants were provided through the League’s Community Enrichment Fund which was established to support non-profits that support women and children’s initiatives. Junior League of Reno provides grants to local non-profits every year, with the goal of increasing the fund year-to-year.

“We are very excited to provide grants to other non-profits who share in our mission of developing the potential of women and children,” said Kristine Richter, president of Junior League of Reno. “The organizations that have received grants showed remarkable efforts and interest in providing programming to educate, inspire, and develop the young minds in our community.”

This year, Junior League of Reno chose eight non-profits that demonstrated how their grant would support women and children in northern Nevada. Grant recipients will attend an annual ceremony, hosted by the League, to share with community members how they intend to use their grant funds. The following organizations were provided grants for the 2012-2013 League year:

· For Kids Foundation will provide medical, dental, educational and psychological support to children when other resources are insufficient or non-existent.
· Women & Children’s Center of the Sierra will supply ESL workbooks to support women learning to speak English. The organization assists women with obtaining their GED or high school diploma and finding employment.
· Sierra Arts Foundation will purchase art supplies to support its “Arts Alternatives” program which reaches at risk students who have been placed in detention facilities.
· The Washoe County School District Teen Mom program will enroll teens in their Summer Internship program which provides job training and education to support a sustainable future.
· The Children’s Cancer Foundation will enhance their Family Assistance Fund for medical, living, travel and other expenses for families with children living with cancer.
· Big Brothers Big Sisters will purchase items for their “Learning is Fun Activity Boxes.” This program provides educational and fun activities for “Bigs” who spend one hour a week with their “Littles” in the school environment.
· Note-Able Music Therapy Services will send more handi-capable children to their Teen Beat Summer Music Camp.
· Awaken, INC. will utilize grant funds to design and print materials for outreach events and trainings on the issue of sexual exploitation.

For more information about Junior League of Reno, visit www.jlreno.org.

Founded in 1978, the Junior League of Reno, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization, has a rich history of community involvement. Membership is comprised of a diverse group of female volunteers committed to building a better community through education, advocacy and volunteerism. Members are directly involved in local community projects intended to positively impact women and children. Current projects include Inspiration Station, Nevada Discovery Museum, Kids in the Kitchen, and Kids on the Block. The League also supports local non-profit organizations through grants and service projects including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, the Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra, and the Reno Family Shelter. For more information about Junior League of Reno, visit www.jlreno.org.

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