How to Find Financial Help for Single Mothers

Being a single mother can be one of the hardest stages in life. You have to excel in many tasks such as sending your kid to school, paying rent, everyday expenses, medical costs, transportation among other things. Experts suggest single mothers should be available & willing to take up 2nd jobs if they can manage; this means keeping your resume polished at all times. The US federal government has created several programs available to help single mothers who need financial assistance through federal grants. Some of these grants available are:

i) Sunshine Lady Foundation
The Sunshine Lady Foundation was founded in 1996 by a lady named Doris Buffet. The mission of the Sunshine Lady Foundation is to invest money in to developing programs for families in crisis, the less fortunate & disadvantaged people. The foundation seeks to aid in education, well being & medical costs of its beneficiaries. Since inception, the Sunshine Lady Foundation has paid out $100 million in grants for single mothers.

Website: http://www.sunshinelady.org

ii) Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, Inc.
This program believes education opens the doors of opportunity & economic self-sufficiency for women. The mission is to provide scholarships to women who faced intimate partner abuse & those who work in the field of domestic violence. Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, Inc. began its operations under the Sunshine Lady Foundation banner in 1999 and was spun-off to its own entity in 2007 under the decision of its founder, Miss. Doris Buffett.

Website: http://www.wispinc.org

iii) SOROPTIMIST, Best for Women Organization
Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects that benefit women and girls.

Website: http://www.soroptimist.org

iv) Women’s Opportunity Awards
Women’s Opportunity Awards is an arm of SOROPTIMIST, Best for Women organization that disburses more than $1.5 million every year in various women’s education projects. Here’s an excerpt from the charity’s website. The Women’s Opportunity Awards program is Soroptimist’s major women’s education project. Through the program, clubs in 19 countries and territories assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects.

Website: http://www.soroptimist.org/awards/live-your-dream-awards.html

v) American Association of University Women (AAUW)
The AAUW is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 donors & members whose mission is to “advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.” AAUW has been operating for 130 years and “is known as a vibrant and dedicated force for change—a go-to authority and sought-after collaborator on a wide range of issues that affect women and their families.” Source: 2010 Annual Report of the AAUW.

The association paid out $3 million in fellowships & grants to more than 200 women graduate students.

Website: http://www.aauw.org

vi) Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program – Mary Kay Foundation
Every October, The Mary Kay Foundation observes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by awarding grants to deserving women’s domestic violence shelters across the United States. In 2010, the Foundation awarded $20,000 grants to more than 150 women’s domestic violence shelters across the nation for a total of $3 million.

Website: http://www.marykayfoundation.org/Pages/ShelterGrantProgram.aspx

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