Women's organization receives grant

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Programs aimed at helping young women in Routt and Moffat counties received a funding boost recently.

The Girls to Women, Women to Girls programs in Craig and Steamboat Springs have been awarded $5,000 from the Women's Foundation of Colorado. The Women's Foundation works to improve the lives of women and girls through policy work, philanthropy and partnerships with other organizations.

Information about the Women's Foundation of Colorado, an organization that works to create opportunities for girls and women: www.wfco.org.

Girls to Women events focus on teaching eighth grade girls how to make smart choices about their education, health and behavior in social situations. In April, the Girls to Women conference in Steamboat provided more than 130 girls the opportunity to hear from local women working in different career fields.

"We were very delighted to get the grant," said Linda Hamlet, who is on the board of New Frontiers, the umbrella organization for initiatives such as Girls to Women. Hamlet, a former trustee of the Women's Foundation, worked to bring Girls to Women to Steamboat and Craig.

Hamlet said the grant would fund most of Craig's event, but the Steamboat program must seek matching funds from the community.

The grant money is from a Women's Found--ation fund that goes to organizations that promote self-sufficiency for women. According to a Women's Foundation report, Girls to Women provides an essential service.

Officials from the Women's Foundation could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but President and CEO Gretchen McComb said in a statement: "Programs such as Girls to Women, Women to Girls events, which are leading young women on the path to achieving economic self-sufficiency, must be supported and celebrated."

The Women's Foundation had invested more than $9 million and worked with more than 180 agencies in 75 Colorado communities to increase opportunities for women and girls.

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