Invest in Women in the Washington DC Metro Area

by Washington Area Women's Foundation
Dec 13, 2012

The Path to Prosperity

You are a part of a community that has come together because we believe that every woman and girl should have the opportunity to fulfill her dreams and to reach her full potential.


Charlotte Perret, a generous donor, said, “The act of writing a check may be a small act compared to the acts of those on the ground. But… the ability of the foundation to create social change can only happen when we help make that possible.”


Your generosity helps us realize our goals and support the over 260,000 women and girls living in poverty in our region.  With your help this year, we will increase our grant making, update our groundbreaking research on the needs of our region’s women and girls, share best practices for workforce development programs, and launch a girls grant making strategy that will invest in programs breaking the cycle of poverty so women and girls in this community have access to the resources they need to get on the path to prosperity.


Women like Okema Wade who bravely shared her story with us. Okema was a jobless, single mom who signed herself up for a job training program so that she could obtain the necessary skills to land a better job.


“This journey… would not have been possible without inner determination to make a better life for myself and my family, programs like So Others Might Eat’s Center for Employment Training, child care services, transitional housing and a host of other support services that helped along the way. These programs exist because organizations like The Women’s Foundation and people like you see how the resources they provide can change lives and give families a brighter future.”


Okema was recently promoted and now serves as the Employment Retention Specialist at So Others Might Eat's Center for Employment Training. This is great news, not just for Okema and her daughters, but also for the women who will go through the program with the help of someone who has been in their shoes and now has a brighter future.  Okema is also exploring her options for taking classes at a local college with the goal of obtaining a degree.


Thank you for supporting our vision of standing together so she can stand on her own. Together we will build a community in which all women and girls have the resources they need to thrive. 


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Washington Area Women's Foundation

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Erica Shockley
Development Associate
Washington, DC United States

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