2018 Willing Hands Grantees
Maternity Care Coalition
Maternity Care Coalition works to improve maternal and child health and well-being through the collaborative efforts of individuals, families, providers, and communities in SE Pennsylvania. In addition to providing direct services, Maternity Care Coalition works to improve the lives of all women by advocating for Medicaid coverage for perinatal care and support for low-income women, including those who are incarcerated.
Community Legal Services
CLS has long been at the forefront of intersecting issues that affect women and girls, including housing, employment, criminal records, and child welfare. They provide direct representation to clients, while simultaneously advocating for policies that protect thousands more. CLS is working on a range of gender equity issues including sexual harassment in the restaurant industry, the needs of incarcerated women, and licensing requirements for natural hair braiders.
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United - PA Chapter
Restaurant Opportunities Center - PA is the local chapter of a national membership organization that works to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce, a field dominated by women. ROC is currently advocating for the elimination of the tipped sub-minimum wage and working to decrease the prevalence of sexual harassment in the restaurant industry.
Supportive Older Women's Network (SOWN)
The Supportive Older Women’s Network is an advocacy-oriented organization dedicated to reducing the social, economic, and political injustice that impacts older women. SOWN organizes women in communities by creating networks for older women to meet together in groups regularly to realize their strengths, empower and support each other, and promote sustained change.
Women's Community Revitalization Project (WCRP)
Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) is committed to social and economic equity for low income women and their families. WCRP engages their constituents at every level of their work from the Board of Directors to community organizing and leads advocacy efforts around affordable housing policies that benefit low-income women and their families.
Women's Law Project
Women's Law Project works to create a more just and equitable society b by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives. Since 1974, they have been engaging in high impact litigation, advocacy, and education around a broad framework of gender-based issues, including workplace equity, reproductive rights, domestic and sexual violence, sex and gender discrimination. A leader of numerous coalitions and alliances, WLP has been the central source of reliable info on gender equality issues for decades.
Youth United for Change
Youth United for Change develops leaders to take civic action in the school system and their communities. The majority of YUC’s youth leaders not only attend public schools in dire need of additional resources, staff and repairs, they also come from diverse sections of Philadelphia that historically have been marginalized economically and politically. They have intentionally transitioned from a predominantly male organization to predominantly female base, with representation beyond the gender binary, with a specific acknowledgement that black women and femmes have historically been transformational leaders in numerous liberation movements. YUC's primary campaigns focus on transformative school justice, health justice, and school climate.
2018 Opportunity Fund Grantees
Women's Economic Security Initiative
The Women's Economic Security Initiative is a long-term, systems-level collaborative initiative centered around the shared vision that all women in the Philadelphia region attain financial well-being for themselves and their families.
National Nurse-led Care
The Nursing-Legal Partnership integrates legal services into a successful home visiting program in order to address legal issues affecting the well-being of low-income women and their children. The program further aims to use learning from their direct service work to inform policy and advocate for changes to improve the lives of low-income women and children in Philadelphia
Women Led Cities aims to achieve a greater level of equity in communities - both bottom-up and top-down - and start conversations about developing an equitable city for all. They held a series of convenings for women in the urban design space to examine topics like public spaces, public transit, community development, and urban policy.
Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL)
In Her Own Right: A Century of Women’s Activism 1820-1920
PACSL created an online archive documenting women's assertion of their rights from 1820-1920.