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Junior League funding to support 5 safety-net organizations

Grants targeted at programs supporting women, children in crisis

The Junior League of Northern Virginia has announced the awarding of nearly $20,000 in grants to five non-profit organizations in the local region.

Bethany House of Northern Virginia, the Salvation Army, Women Giving Back, Homestretch and Arcadia Food each have “a unique mission and approach to providing essential services and support to women and children in crisis,” the organization said in announcing the grants.

The specifics:

> Bethany House of Northern Virginia, based in Fairfax County, offers emergency shelter and support services to women and children escaping domestic violence. With the grant, it plans to provide safe and trackable transportation options for clients, ensuring their safety and facilitating access to important appointments and resources.

>The Salvation Army serves the entire region and focuses on meeting the needs of low-income neighborhoods and traditionally underrepresented groups. Its grant will support the Arlington Mothers Support group to expand food-distribution events, including supplies specifically for mothers of young children, like diapers and formula.

> Women Giving Back, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women and families in crisis, will use the grant to expand their services and hours. This includes providing transportation for women, on-site job-skills services, enhanced training for volunteers and referral partners, and organizing a Kids Extravaganza event.

> Homestretch, which helps families in poverty and homelessness achieve long-term stability, aims to enhance employment opportunities for women in its program. The grant will support employment services such as Uber cards for transportation, funding for short-term classes to develop job skills, and assistance with purchasing clothing needed for employment.

> Arcadia Food, a nonprofit focused on cultivating local food systems, will allocate its grant funding toward providing scholarships for its summer farm camp. Scholarships will allow children from low-income families to experience an immersive, healthy day camp that explores gardening, nature, and fresh foods.

Junior League of Northern Virginia is an organization of women whose mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration and training. Since 1958, members have raised more than $2 million to implement more than 35 community programs in Northern Virginia.