SAGE PWG Foundation is proud to announce our grant recipients for 2020, Women Employed and Bridge Communities. During times of uncertainty, it’s organizations like these who are working tirelessly to help empower women and children. Congratulations to these outstanding organizations.
Women Employed has mobilized to expand employment and educational opportunities for America’s working women. Women Employed pursues equity for women in the workforce by effecting policy change, expanding access to educational opportunities and advocating for fair and inclusive workplaces.
Mission Statement: “To improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity.”
Here are some examples of how Women Employed empowers women and children:
- Currently Women Employed is leading the charge for paid sick time and paid family and medical leave in Illinois.
- In 2019, Women Employed won a No Salary History bill in Illinois. The bill prohibits employers from asking job applicants for their salary history.
- Women Employed played an instrumental role in winning reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers in Illinois. They joined national partners to advance the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
- Women Employed won a law that will gradually increase Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.25/hour to $15.00/hour by 2025
Bridge Communities is a non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of homeless families. They provide free transitional housing, mentorship, and supportive services through the help of their program partners and supporters. Their mission is to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency.
Mission Statement: “Connecting homeless families to a better future.”
Here are some examples of how Bridge Communities empowers women and children:
- Since its founding in 1988, Bridge Communities has helped more than 850 families successfully cross the bridge from homelessness to self-sufficiency, permanent housing and financial stability
- Bridge Communities provides a transitional housing program where families receive free housing for two years.
- Volunteer mentors from Program Partners sponsor and assist client families as they work to develop the life-skills necessary for self-sufficiency. Mentors assist families with things such as budget development and savings plan, debt reduction, financial literacy, and emotional support.
- In order to help homeless children succeed and break the generational cycle of poverty, Bridge communities provides professional certified teachers to tutor children and offers academic scholarships to college-bound students.