It has been said countless times: necessity is the mother of invention. No one understands this truth better than providers of services for mothers and children who are challenged by homelessness.
One HCEF partner agency director was written to us: "Thanks so much for your support. With all the transition in our world right now, our expenses have really increased. Your support in this area of our families' lives is truly a blessing. Without your help we would never be able to provide this type of experience for the women and children in our program!"
It is in this spirit that HCEF provides Mini-Grants for Educational Enrichment - monetary grants that address the educational needs of the children our partner housing agencies serve.
- On average, 500 children and 150 youth are impacted by HCEF Mini-Grants each year.
- 4,000 children and youth have been impacted by HCEF Mini-Grants since 2004.
- On average, 150 children and 70 parents participate in HCEF-funded field trips each year.
Since its inception, the Board of Trustees of the Homeless Children's Education Fund has been aggressively growing an Endowment Fund. This fund finances educational enrichment opportunities for children residing in Allegheny County's homeless centers opportunities that point them toward a brighter future.
Each summer, agency staff members are invited to submit proposals for Mini-Grants that will help provide sound educational programming and materials specific to the children they serve during the coming school year and beyond.
One agency arranged for a visit by the Pittsburgh Zoo's Zoomobile. A highlight of the visit was having an opportunity to be "up close" with a live iguana.
2012-2013 Round XI Mini-Grants of up to $2000 each were awarded to seventeen Pittsburgh and Allegheny County family housing providers. An estimated 650 children and youth and 250 parents will be impacted during this grant period.
(Mini-Grant Awards Ceremony photos can be found here!)
- Alle-Kiski Area HOPE Center
Just Ducky Tour, Family Fitness with Nintendo Wii, Zoomobile, Aviary Outreach Programs
Hands-on Science Learning, Field Trips to Carnegie Science Center & Aviary
- Bridge to Independence
Child-Friendly Furniture & Learning Center Enhancements
- East End Cooperative Ministry – FAITH Housing
Back-to-School Family Retreat and Monthly Life Skills Classes
StorySwap Professional Storytellers
- Family Promise
Family Fitness and Together Time with Nintendo Wii
- Healthy Start House
Family Gardening Project and Family Fitness with Nintendo Wii
Afterschool Enrichment & Learning Center Enhancements
- Light of Life
Afterschool Enrichment, Art Therapy, Family Strengthening Activities, Kids Reward Zone
- Naomi’s Place
Children’s Learning-N-Play Center, Tutoring Program
- Salvation Army Family Caring Center
Learning Center Resources, Kiln’N Time, Just Ducky Tour, Kiski Junction Railroad Museum & more
- Sisters Place
Zoomobile and Family Outing at Pittsburgh Zoo
- Sojourner House & Sojourner House MOMS
Zoomobile, Children’s Hospital, Aviary, Children’s Museum, Family Fitness with Nintendo Wii
- Womanspace East
Carnegie Museum, PCCR, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Venture Outdoors & more
Children’s Museum, Early Learning Resources
- Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
African Drumming & Dance, Carnegie Science Center On-the-Road, Just Ducky & more
In June 2012, over $5,310 worth of Summer Field Tripgrants toward transportation and admission fees were also awarded to 14 family housing agencies through a joint grant opportunity offered by HCEF and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Lack of transportation is a significant barrier in the lives of families who are homeless or in transition, often preventing children from accessing the rich landscape of cultural landmarks in and around Pittsburgh.
Field trip grants for Summer 2012 enabled approximately 225 children, 29 youths, and 125 parents to visit such sites as:
- Carnegie Science Center
- Just Ducky tours
- Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium
- Family Resources Retreat Center
- National Aviary
- Moraine State Park
- Pittsburgh Glass Center
- South Side Works Cinema
- Carnegie Science Center
- Highland Park Pool
- Living Treasures
- Gateway Clipper
- North Shore Kayaking and Biking Trip
Join with one group of parents and children for kayaking on Lake Elizabeth.
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