The Power of Women was celebrated Thursday November 8th as more than 100 Pearls and guests gathered for the annual grant awarding. This year, Pearls awarded seven local organizations $32,030 in grants, funding programs providing assistance to women and children. In total, Pearls have granted $277,012 to Davie County organizations over the past 9 years.
After enjoying a delicious lunch, Tara Wallace-Boone, Success Coach and instructor for an upcoming COPE event, spoke firsthand about situational poverty and how real it can be. Grants were then presented and agency representatives spoke passionately about their projects, organizations and the impact Pearls grants is making.
Congratulations to the 2018 Pearls of Empowerment Grant Recipients:
Big Brothers Big Sisters Services Inc. – $1,000: Funding will assist the Big Buddy Program, a year – long after school program at North and South Davie Middle Schools, targeting sixth graders, who would benefit from a mentor relationship with chosen eighth graders.
Davie Center for Violence Prevention – $1,000: Funding will be used for Client Transportation, providing safe transport for victims during times of crisis to safe shelters. Many times there is not a vehicle or a relative/neighbor to help.
Davie Pregnancy Care Center – $2,500: Funding will be used for Just Earn While You Learn program, allowing clients of Davie Pregnancy to attend educational and financial planning classes to earn vouchers in exchange for items that include car seats, cribs and mattresses.
The Dragonfly House Children’s Advocacy Center – $5,030: Funding will be used for Compassionate & Resilient Schools Implementation, a program to bring greater awareness to school staff concerning how trauma can affect children’s development and learning. Funding also will provide therapeutic books, Glare share fluorescent light covers, and other training resources.
Family Promise of Davie County – $10,000: Funding will be used for Family Promise Case Management Program, a program to provide families with case management, transportation, job training, educational and budgeting classes, as well as permanent housing assistance.
Just HOPE, Inc. – $ 5,000: Funding will be used for Women’s LEAD (Learn, Earn, Advance, Discover) Program, to assist with housing and utilities, training and education, materials, gas for mileage, and uniforms for work as women are trained to re-enter the workforce.
Smart Start of Davie County – $7,500: Funding will be used for Lena Home Program, to assist families with prevention of child neglect by encouraging parents to talk more to their children. The program consists of education sessions and recorder devices worn by children.