The City Federation of Women’s Organizations (CFWO) awarded grants to 18 projects working to improve the lives of women and girls in Tompkins County. Tompkins Learning Partners received a grant for the project- Homebound Instruction for Immigrant and Refugee Women. Helen Ranck, ESL Program Coordinator, and Joann Kowalski, ABE Program and Outreach Coordinator, were on hand to receive the check.
TLP’s funding will provide materials for students who are unable to come to our office to study due to a lack of transportation or because they have health or childcare concerns. With improved English skills, our home study students will be able to communicate better with neighbors, their children’s schools and the broader community. They may also improve their employment prospects and increase their independence.
The CFWO has a long history of supporting women and girls in Tompkins County. The organization was founded in 1910 by a group of women “concerned with education, recreation, philanthropy, health, safety and civic betterment,” according to a media release. The CFWO operated the Women’s Community Building until 2012, when they sold the property and created an endowment with the revenue to fund community projects.
Tompkins Learning Partners is grateful to CFWO for their support for this most important initiative!