Nevada Women's Fund Supports Local Families
While Northern Nevada still struggles with significant poverty and high unemployment numbers, one local charity is raising money from the community and giving it right back to those in need.
Wednesday, September 24th 2014, 3:00 PM PDT by
Friday, October 3rd 2014, 6:40 PM PDT
Applying for jobs, creating a resume, even getting a GED ...“they offer like everything here, like I can't even believe it. I'm just so glad I stopped by here.”
Krystal Doyle is getting help looking for work at the Women's and Children's Center of the Sierra on Neil Road in Reno.
Most women walk in the doors for the free diapers - but the center's director, Pam Russell, says their mission goes way beyond swaddling babies.
“Which is to help women escape poverty to provide a better life for themselves and their children.”
New jobs, new homes and plenty of hope - the Women's and Children's Center of the Sierra has great success stories from the past six years.
But the center wouldn't exist without contributions from the community. This month a special grant from
is helping the center serve 300 families.
“And so we uplift the community through families and through women as examples of accomplishment.”
Isabelle Rodriguez Wilson is with the Nevada Women's Fund. This year the group is giving more than $250,000 to local organizations and women.
Another one of those recipients is Dionne Essie. She's tackling a double major at the University of Nevada, Reno while raising five kids.
“Without the scholarship there's no way I would've been able to have done it. It's been fantastic, I'm so grateful for it.”
Dionne says a college degree is crucial in today's job market.
Education is a key part of the mission for Nevada Women's Fund - but the group also believes it's about a lot more than a piece of paper.
“But also for their own self esteem for their own accomplishment and their own pride.”