Impact Austin awards $446,000 to four area nonprofits


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Grants will go toward helping empower single mothers and supporting abused and neglected children.

Another grant will help provide comprehensive family literacy education.

In addition, Girls Giving Grants awards $8,200 to Foster Angels of Central Texas.

Impact Austin on Monday awarded a total of $446,000 to four community groups to help empower single mothers, support abused and neglected children, and provide comprehensive family literacy education.

Jeremiah Program, Communities in Schools of Central Texas, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Central Texas and Helping Hand Home for Children each received grants of $111,500 to help support their missions.

Since 2003, Impact Austin’s members have awarded nearly $6.5 million to Central Texas nonprofits.

The 2018 grant recipients are:

• CASA of Travis County, which speaks up for children who have been abused or neglected by empowering the community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system. CASA will use the grant to help address the critical challenge of diversifying its base of volunteers to better represent the community and the children it serves.

• Communities in Schools of Central Texas, which supports students in 66 schools by meeting immediate needs such as food or clothing and more complex ones such as emotional support or counseling, empowering public school students to stay in school and achieve in life. The grant will support the group’s family literacy program and help provide services to a minimum of 100 families in Southeast Austin, preparing children for kindergarten and equipping their parents with the skills to help their entire family succeed.

• Helping Hand Home for Children, which provides nurturing and therapeutic homes for children who have suffered abuse and neglect. The nonprofit’s goal is to heal those children and return them to healthy and permanent families. The grant will be used to expand the capacity of the Families First Program that recruits, trains and supports families that will foster and adopt children with complex trauma in the foster care system.

• Jeremiah Program, which helps transform families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. It provides single mothers and their preschool-age children with safe, affordable housing, support for college, high-quality early childhood education, empowerment and life skills classes. The grant will support empowerment and life skills classes.

In addition, Girls Giving Grants, the youth initiative of Impact Austin, awarded its largest-ever grant of $8,200 to Foster Angels of Central Texas, which helps meet the unfulfilled needs of children in foster care. The grant will be used to assist about 80 children and youths with much-needed beds, cribs, mattresses and bedding items.

Girls Giving Grants is comprised of 82 young women in grades eight through 12, from 18 area schools, who each donate $100 to create a meaningful grant and award it to a Central Texas nonprofit.



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