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GRAND RAPIDS February 16, 2016– The Kent-Ionia Labor Council’s Women’s Caucus made a donation of just over $1,300 to the Women’s Resource Center of Grand Rapids today. The money will go toward helping women prepare for and secure meaningful employment during transitional periods of their lives.
Since early December the Women’s Caucus has been collecting money for the WRC. Through the generosity of local unions, individual donors and other organizations, they were able to present the leadership at the WRC with checks totaling $1,301.57.
In December, there were two fundraisers– one at Beltline Bar and another at Uccello’s in Rockford– where a percentage of the evening’s receipts were appropriated for the WRC. Several generous individuals also opened their wallets in support of the WRC over the past few months. And the Grand Rapids Public Employees Union (GREIU) and the board of the Kent-Ionia Labor Council also contributed generously to the cause.
“The generosity of the labor community is amazing,” said Women’s Caucus chair Lisa Bennett (AIL/OPEIU Local 277). “Everyone that wrote a check, or donated online, or even had a nice dinner out with their family during our fundraising events has helped to empower women in Grand Rapids.”
Since 1973, the Women’s Resource Center advocates for women to achieve economic independence through meaningful employment. Their programs and services empower and educate. They partner with caring individuals and organizations throughout West Michigan to purposefully transform the employment outcomes for all women.
Women’s Resource Center uses a combination of professional, experienced staff and carefully trained volunteers to mentor participants regarding securing a sustainable job. Their programs are customized to each woman’s needs and include resume coaching, computer classes, support groups, a clothing closet and mentoring.
Here is a snapshot of the women served by the Women’s Resource Center last year:
The KICLC Women’s Caucus meets monthly at the Kent-Ionia Labor Center, 918 Benjamin NE in Grand Rapids. Any women interested in advancing labor’s mission– higher wages, better benefits and respect on the job– is invited to participate. The purpose of the Women’s Caucus is to give women a larger voice in the west Michigan labor movement; to develop new leaders and activists; to discuss topics of special interest to women; and to seek out ways to serve the community. Meetings start at 5:30pm and run for about an hour. Union members and non-union members alike are welcome to attend.