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Heels Together: Women Stepping Up

Overview


Heels Together was established within Central Kentucky Community Foundation in 2014 by a group of community-minded leaders who wanted to invest in long-term solutions for transforming the lives of women and girls and improving the well-being of our entire community.

Heels Together focus’ on women-led solutions by providing leadership and stewardship in identifying the needs and supporting solutions for women and girls. It’s a catalyst, identifying challenges, marshaling resources and pursuing opportunities in Central Kentucky. Annual grant-making puts our beliefs and desires for women and girls in our community into action today.

Heels Together is supported by a $1,000 annual gift from individual investors. Half of the investments are set aside in an endowment fund, and half are used for annual grant-making. At the yearly Heels Together banquet, investors have the opportunity to see presentations from grant finalists and vote to select the winning grants.

Grant funding is awarded to programs addressing:

  • Achievement of economic self-sufficiency for women
  • Prevention of violence and crime against women and girls
  • Promotion of health and physical well-being and talent for women and girls

Together, we can unite money, ideas and actions to create lasting change for females and their families.


Thanks to the generous support of the following underwriters, 100% of investor gifts go to Heels Together to benefit women and children in Central Kentucky – today and forever!

 

 

Investors

Heels Together – Join Us!

CORE LEADERS (l to r): Lindsey Alicna, Julia Springsteen, Davette B. Swiney, Ann Fisher, Teri Bennett and Leigh Richardson [not pictured].

Heels Together strives to connect women and girls with resources that bring health, hope, education and enrichment.  Join us and help grow the Heels Together endowment and grant-making abilities.

Heels Together is supported by a $1,000 annual gift from each investor. Half of the investments are set aside in an endowment and half are used for annual grant-making. The endowment, a fund which preserves the initial investment and only spends the earnings, provides for the forever impact of Heels Together.

At the yearly Heels Together banquet, investors have the opportunity to see presentations from grant finalists and vote to select the winner.

We believe that when a woman is successful, her community is strengthened. Join us in strengthening our community! If you have a passion for improving the lives of females in our community and want to learn more contact Davette B. Swiney, President/CEO at dswiney@ckcf4people.org or (270) 737-8393.

Grants

2018 Heels Together Banquet

The annual Heels Together investors banquet is Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau Visitors Center, 1030 N. Mulberry St., Elizabethtown. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35, which includes sales tax. Investors and women interested in investing are encouraged to attend. RSVP and purchase tickets by Oct. 24 at www.ckcf4people.org/heels-together-banquet or call 270-737-8393.

Heels Together investors Ann Fisher, from left, Julia Springsteen, Erin Hahn and Patti Mayhew, far right, pose with CASA of the Heartland Executive Director Debbie Smith and Natalie Cubbage, resource development director/advocate coordinator for CASA, after announcing CASA’s grant is a finalist in Heels Together grant process.

Heels Together 2018 Grant Finalists

Named as the 2018 finalists for $20,000 of Heels Together grants are the CASA of the Heartland, the Community Health Clinic, Hardin County Skills U and Warm Blessings.

In its grant application, CASA of the Heartland proposed a program called Love 146 – Not a Number, which will provide a proven interactive curriculum for young girls designed to teach them how to protect themselves from exploitation through information, critical thinking and skill development.

Heels Together investors Erin Hahn, from left, Ann Fisher and Julia Springsteen, far right, pose with Heels Together grant finalist Becky Farris Allen, executive director of the Community Health Clinic, and Community Health Clinic Care Coordination Specialist Jessica Dailey.

The Community Health Clinic wishes to start a Women’s Health Initiative, which will take a multifaceted approach to women’s health. As a key to being self-sufficient, the program plans to address underserved women in becoming healthy, which in turn will promote confidence, self-reliance and independence.

Nancy McKee of Hardin County Skills U and Diane Kelley, director of Hardin County Skills U, pose with Heels Together investors Ann Fisher and Julia Springsteen after Skills U was given a Heels Together grant finalist package.

Hardin County Skills U proposed EMPOWER to provide one-on-one academic tutoring to low-functioning GED seeking female students. With partnering with a Skills Coach from United Way of Central Kentucky, participants will receive wrap around services to help students reduce barriers to reach their goals. The grant will allow the program to purchase additional education materials and provide more tutoring hours and free GED assessments for students.

Joey Brown, from left, assistant executive officer of Warm Blessings, Terrie Burgan, interim board president of Warm Blessings who works for Lincoln Trail Health Department, a partner in Ride to Independence, and Linda Funk, executive officer of Warm Blessings, accept a Heels Together grant finalist package from investors Julia Springsteen and Ann Fisher.

And Warm Blessings applied to expand its Ride to Independence program, which addresses inadequacies for women and families by providing support in three areas: education and training, child care, and transportation.

Grant finalists will pitch programs to Heels Together investors at its annual banquet Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau Visitors Center, 1030 N. Mulberry St., Elizabethtown.

2017 Heels Together Grant Recipients

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana was awarded their grant request of $5,000, for Project ReachHER. Project ReachHER is a mentoring program explicitly designed to address unique challenges of girls including empowerment activities and self-confidence training to ensure they have the tools to achieve lifelong success.

On October 26, Heels Together investors awarded grants to three organizations to advance the Heels Together mission in our community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana was awarded their grant request of $5,000, for Project ReachHER. Project ReachHER is a mentoring program explicitly designed to address unique challenges of girls including empowerment activities and self-confidence training to ensure they have the tools to achieve lifelong success.

Elizabethtown Independent Schools was funded their grant request of $5,000 for a STEM-tastic SumMIT. This project will provide two-2 day summits on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) experiences for seventh and eighth-grade girls.

Heels Together was also able to partially fund a third project. Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services was awarded $8,500 for their Healing Garden project. Healing gardens aid the healing process for those impacted by sexual violence.

Past Recipients

2016

  • Communicare Inc.: Passages Transitional Housing Program
  • Hardin County Schools: Sit With Me Program

2015

  • Helping Hand of Hope: Heels Academy
  • CASA of the Heartland

Inspire Women

Inspire Women 2018 Conference

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018

Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Where: Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center

384 W.A. Jenkins Road, Elizabethtown, KY

About Inspire Women 2018 Conference

Heather Land, blogger and YouTube star of the ongoing series “I Ain’t Doin It,” will be the featured speaker at the 3rd annual Inspire Women Conference. Land brings a message of inspiration and hope along with her witty sense of humor and knack for making people laugh. Several local speakers will also share their heartfelt experiences with Heels Together, an initiative focusing on improving lives of women and girls. This year’s conference encourages women to take a greater role in changing the course of their own lives as well as being a force for change in our community.

About Heather Land

Heather Land has a knack for finding the funny out of the frustrating. Leaving no stone (or people) left unturned, she hilariously unravels everyday events that cause us to laugh not only at each other but more often than not, ourselves. From ex-husbands to failed diets, her ability to deliver consistent comedy in a self-deprecating style has made her adored by millions of people of all ages.

Inspire Women Conference is presented by Heels Together, an ongoing community initiative working through the Central Kentucky Community Foundation.

Sponsor

Inspire Women 2018 Conference is made possible by our event sponsor.

For additional information on this event, visit and like the Heels Together Facebook page or call Central Kentucky Community Foundation at:

(270) 737-8393

 

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