United Way of Chatham-Kent’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) presented a grant of $15,500 to A.L.L. for Kids and the Learning, Earning and Parenting (L.E.A.P.) Program yesterday.

The WLC has provided funding to A.L.L. for Kids for the past six years and have helped a total of 303 children attend activities such as Girl Guides, dance or music lessons. “Participation in such activities not only allows children a creative outlet and lets them build social skills through peer-to-peer interaction, but it also can alleviate some financial burden to parents and provide networking opportunities with other parents,” said Janet Raddatz, Program Co-ordinator.

The WLC Grants Committee also approved funding for the Learning, Earning and Parenting Program in the amount of five $500 bursaries for first year post-secondary students and three $1,000 bursaries for second year post-secondary students.  The program, administered through the Municipality’s Employment and Social Services Department, assists young mothers in completing their high school education. Graduates from the program receive a bursary to put towards their own or their child’s post-secondary education. This can include covering the cost of tuition, books or the purchase of a computer.

The Women’s Leadership Council’s mission is to improve the lives of women and children in vulnerable situations. The group, formed in 2007, makes investments throughout Chatham-Kent in the following areas – Cultural Activities, Education, Health & Wellbeing, Leadership Development, and Women in Situational Poverty.

If you have questions about the Women’s Leadership Council or wish to become a member please contact Karen Kirkwood-Whyte at 519-354-0430 or karen@uwock.ca.

Kathryn Biondi, Women’s Leadership Council Grants Committee Member, Janet Raddatz, A.L.L. for Kids Program Co-ordinator, Carrie Avery and April Norris of the Learning, Earning and Parenting (L.E.A.P.) Program.

Kathryn Biondi, Women’s Leadership Council Grants Committee Member, Janet Raddatz, A.L.L. for Kids Program Co-ordinator, Carrie Avery and April Norris of the Learning, Earning and Parenting (L.E.A.P.) Program.