Friends of the Children Austin is part of a national nonprofit that is breaking the cycle of generational poverty by giving children facing the highest risks the ability to create a new story. They do this by providing these children with a long-term, salaried, professional mentor from kindergarten through high school graduation.
This grant will support activities that build a sense of community and engagement for youth and their families.
Charitable Care - Providing Life-Saving Solutions for Premature Babies in Foster Care
Mothers’ Milk Bank Austin (MMBA) is a community-based organization that saves the lives of very fragile babies through human milk. MMBA sends prescribed donor human milk to babies in nearly 200 hospitals in Texas and 23 other states, as well as to nearly 140 babies in their homes. Three quarters of the nearly one million ounces dispensed annually stays in Texas, providing care to premature and other sick babies.
This grant will support MMBA’s Charitable Care Program, ensuring life-saving donor human milk will be provided to all infants with a need, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
The Refuge for DMST™ (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) has developed The Refuge Ranch, a long-term, residential, therapeutic community for 48 girls, minors through age 19, who have been rescued out of sex trafficking. Built from the ground up on 50 acres in a beautiful and restorative setting outside of Austin, TX, The Refuge Ranch provides trauma-informed, holistic care for the girls on site, including: a University of Texas Charter School program, a medical clinic staffed by community partners and various therapeutic programs uniquely designed for the development of a child survivor. The Refuge Ranch is the largest long-term, live-in rehabilitation facility for child survivors of sex trafficking in the United States. g3’s $8,800 grant will help fund the SEE program, which helps integrate the girls back into society through fun and educational field trips.
Foster Angels of Central Texas helps meet the many unfulfilled needs of 5,600 children and youth in foster care. Through its partnership withChildProtectiveServicesand other nonprofit agencies, Foster Angels identifies the gaps and quickly responds to children's circumstances so they, too, can have supportive, loving childhood experiences, with long-felt positive impact. g3’s $8,200 grant will be used to assist approximately 80 children and youth in foster care with much-needed beds, cribs, mattresses and bedding items. Foster Angels thinks no children should go without their own comfortable place to sleep at night, especially foster children who often must face multiple challenges during the day.
The Center for Child Protection is the first stop for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect, and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. One of the Center's programs, the Canine Courtroom Accompaniment Program, provides a highly trained canine companion to offer comfort and support for children who must testify in court. While in the courtroom, the dog never leaves the client’s side. As the Center shared in their grant request, “While the child is on the stand, [the dog] often places her head in their lap, as if to say ‘I am here.’” The $6,800 grant from Girls Giving Grants to the Center for Child Protection was earmarked to help fund the Center’s new therapy dog, Mickler, a golden retriever/yellow lab who is a year-and-a-half old. The grant will be used for training, veterinary care, and supplies for Mickler.
Casa Marianella’s Posada Esperanza family shelter serves homeless immigrant women and children escaping violence in a cluster of renovated houses in a residential neighborhood in East Austin. The recent purchase of a fourth shelter house allows Casa Marianella to serve 100 people a year with housing and full supportive services. The $7,000 grant from Girls Giving Grants will fund one additional national service program case manager as well as providing $500 toward direct client needs. The g3 grant will help Casa Marianella continue providing comprehensive case management to help families transition from crisis to independence. Families come from Africa, Asia, Central America and other parts of the world.
Austin Diaper Bank is an organization dedicated to providing diapers to Austin families in need to strengthen the community as a whole. Austinites young and old need a clean, reliable supply of diapers for healthy and comfortable quality of life. Austin Diaper Bank will use the g3 grant to invest in diaper need awareness and community support that can lead to generations of diaper provisions for our children at a very effective cost. The outcome of this project is to raise 250,000 diapers or 33,000 days worth of diaper changes, a game changer for our community.
Helping Hand Home for Children has provided a place to heal for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. The g3 grant supports the Kids Closet program, which provides new and seasonally appropriate clothes to 70 children each year.
The Easterseals Sliding Fee Scale Program is for uninsured and underinsured children with disabilities. The g3 grant supports this program, which promotes access to rehabilitation therapies (speech, occupational, physical) and audiology services in the Austin area. They are the only Austin provider of a sliding fee scale for these services for children. Without it, many children with disabilities would go without these critical services.
The Christi Center's Kids Who Kare program is an age-appropriate support group that allows children ages 5 through 18 to move past the isolation felt after a loss by connecting with other kids who are experiencing similar struggles. The g3 grant supports Kids Who Kare retreats outside of normal support group meetings to facilitate team-building, socialization and an increase in communication between children and their families.
The People's Community Clinic Tandem Teen Prenatal and Parenting Program is a service for teen parents. The g3 grant will be used to fund the "Caring for Baby" project that supplies care packages for teen parents. These contain child safety items, patient education information focusing on child/baby safety, and much-needed baby supplies to be distributed by case managers during home visits with teens.
Austin Sunshine Camps serves over 800 high-potential, low-income youth every summer, and their year-round leadership and mentoring programs serve many more. The Camps provide an overnight summer camp experience at no cost to the children's families. The g3 grant will be used to fund college visits for their Leadership Program consisting of 30-40 at risk youth.
Hospice Austin's mission is to serve terminally ill and bereaved patients with integrity, compassion and respect. The g3 grant will be used to fund the Camp Braveheart program for a therapeutic counselor, a camp coordinator, camp supplies and volunteer and staff training.
LifeWorks Austin is a fearless advocate for youth and families seeking their path to self-sufficiency. The g3 grant will be used for books, toys and mobile bookshelves for the Resource Library at the Emergency Shelter for young families and their children. The project will provide 100 young parents and their babies with the resources they need to build healthy relationships with one another.
The Center for Child Protection seeks to reduce trauma for children during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. The g3 grant supports their Moving Through Crisis Project which provides emergency funds for families in crisis. Not only has this project saved lives, but also it has assisted in easing the emotional pain both child abuse victims and their families have experienced.
Since 1984, the Austin Children's Shelter (ACS) has provided emergency shelter, high quality care and hope for the future to the abandoned, abused and neglected children of our community. ACS will use the g3 funds to provide new clothes for children at the shelter.