The Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment Awards Eleven Just In Time Grants to Low-Income Mercer County Women

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Just In Time grants of up to $600 presented to eleven low-income Mercer County women. Grant makes it possible to meet the needs and overcome some of the challenges experienced by low income, minority women preparing for careers in the healthcare industry.

With the support of a generous grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation (PACF), The Institute of Wonderful Women Working For Empowerment (IWWWE), a Trenton based 501 ( c ) (3) not-for- profit organization, awarded Just In Time grants to eleven low-income Mercer County women studying in the field of healthcare. IWWWE presented the grants at a holiday reception on December 8, 2011 at 5:30pm, held at the Lanning School in Ewing, a Family Guidance and Children’s Services Corporation. When told that she had received a grant, Christiana Augustine, cried tears of happiness and could only say, “Thank you, Thank You, Thank You.” This year had been a mighty struggle for she and her family. Christiana's sentiment was similar to that expressed by all this year's recipients.

The IWWWE’s Just In Time initiative provides up to $600 grants to the eleven women who are studying to become nurses, certified nursing assistants and health care technicians at either Mercer County Healthcare Careen Vocational School, Mercer County Community College,Harris or Sanford Brown. IWWWE’s grants are used to help pay for expenses including tuition, books, respite childcare costs, nurses kits, transportation and clinical scrubs. Nationally, through the last

Founded in 2006 by a group of African-American women with the objective of promoting the well-being of African-American women and their families, the mission of The Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment is “the economic empowerment of low-income and minority women.” This is the third year IWWWE, in partnership with PACF, awarded grants and mentoring to women in Mercer County. In addition to providing monetary grants, IWWWE focuses on building solid economic family foundations in our community and provides opportunities for participation in skill-building workshops on resume preparation and interview techniques, technology competence and family health and nutrition. Our mentoring program offers emotional, career and academic support to the network of women awarded grants, helping to ensure the students complete their health career-training program and are ready for employment. "Our goal", says Dr. Frederick is to lighten the load, just a little, for those women who are sincere about careers in healthcare but a struggling to make ends meet."

Partners for the work of the IWWWE, in addition to the Princeton Area Community         Foundation, include Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, the Bunbury Company, Inc. of Hopewell, NJ, Bristol Myers Squibb and the McAlpin Foundation of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, all working together building creative programs in the greater Trenton area to offer support to women who are struggling to go to school full or part-time, meet the needs of their families, work and to gain economic empowerment for themselves and their families.

For more information regarding The Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment and the Just In Time Grant and Mentoring program, contact Executive Director Dr. Gloria Frederick at 609.3881867, e-mail: iwwweinfo(at)gmail(dot)com or visit the IWWWE website:


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