Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact

The Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact was established in 2004 in memory of EWPB Board Member Lois Cohn Kwasman. Lois touched the lives of all those who knew her with her quiet manner, steely determination, and infectious sense of humor. She showed us how to succeed in the competitive field of media and communications, and how to turn our compassion for those less fortunate into action. 

This program provides EWPB with an avenue for making an impact in our community through grants designed to support efforts that are intended to provide for the under-served, needy, or less fortunate persons in our society and efforts designed to make a community impact.

EWF’s Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact grant enables us to fulfill our purpose of giving back to the community where we live and work. Through Lois’ inspirational example, we strive to turn compassion into action by assisting the under-served and less fortunate in our society.

Our generous sponsors and donors enable us to make two grants annually to non-profit organizations whose missions are aligned with ours -- to assist girls and young women ages 11 to 21 in Palm Beach County who lack hope or need help in developing life skills. These programs focus on helping participants gain self confidence and become resourceful and self-sufficient, thus positioning themselves for a successful life.

The first grant is for $20,000 payable over 2 years. At our annual Lois Kwasman luncheon, this year being held on October 11, 2013, the first payment ($10,000) of this grant will be awarded to this year's winning Recipient.  Vita Nova, Inc., our 2012 Recipient, will also be awarded their 2nd year payment.  
 

Our 2012 Lois Kwasman Community Impact Grant was awarded to

Vita Nova, Inc.

The mission of Vita Nova Village is to help former foster care and homeless young men and women, ages 18-to-25, prepare for successful independent living.  In our society, according to law, a person reaches the legal age for independence upon turning 18.  This does not mean however that an individual is fully prepared to live independently without any help or assistance from their family.

Vita Nova has developed a new pilot program to address the issues of poor college enrollment and graduation called Fostering College Achievement.  The program will partner with Palm Beach State College (PBSC) and will focus primarily on the educational achievement of young women who have aged out of foster care.  The program will have a dual focus; the first is the provision of services to female students presently enrolled at PBSC and the second is promoting college to female foster youth ages 16-18.

Read more about last year's grant recipient and the 2012 Annual luncheon

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-local-briefing-1023-20121023,0,5251993.story

 

Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact

Funding Grant Recipients

2006-2008

Children's Home Society - Communication Learning Center

2007-2009

Florida Resource Center for Women and Girls, Inc. - Female Enrichment Center

2008-2010

Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County - Healthy Girls for Life Program

 2009-2011

The Nelle Smith Home for Girls

 2010-2012

 Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County -Keyboard for Kids Piano Program

2011-2012
Families First - Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA)
2012-2013  Vita Nova, Inc. - Fostering College Achievement 
2013-2014   Pace Center for Girls

GRANT INFORMATION 2013

Grants Available:

Funding Option: $20,000, payable in two installments of $10,000 over a 2 year period in October to an eligible organization to provide funds in support of an eligible program or project meeting the purpose of the Lois Kwasman Program.

Resource Option: opportunity for Executive Women of the Palm Beaches member volunteer involvement in an eligible organization as board members, committee members, trainers, mentors, or other resource help to be adapted to satisfy needs of the organization.

Eligible Organizations:

An organization must satisfy all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of the application submission and throughout the term of the organization’s involvement with the Lois Kwasman Program:

is a 501 (c) (3) organization

maintains an office and operations in Palm Beach County, Florida

Eligible Programs: programs that assist girls and young women who lack hope or need help to develop life skills to gain self confidence, become resourceful and self-sufficient, and position themselves to have a successful life. The program or project for which the application is submitted must provide services for girls and/or young women between the ages 11-21 in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Application Process:

THE NOMINATION PROCESS FOR 2013 OPENS ON JULY 10, 2013.  (nomination form attached)  PLEASE NOTE:  Eligible organizations must be nominated by an EWPB Member. 2013 Kwasman Nomination Form FINAL.doc

THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR 2013 BEGINS AUGUST 5, 2013. 

THE 2013 TIMELINE FOR THIS YEAR'S LOIS KWASMAN COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM IS PROVIDED FOR YOUR INFORMATION - 2013 Kwasman Grant Timeline FINAL.pdf

Questions: Harreen Bertisch, Chair of EWF Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact Committee (561.655.8944 x257) or the EWPB Association Office info@ewpb.org, (561-868-7070).




 
 


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