Upstate Cerebral Palsy Receives Grant from Women’s Fund for “Girls’ Night Out” Group
Utica, New York – Upstate Cerebral Palsy is pleased to announce it has received a $3,975 grant from the Women’s Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Counties for a social group for young women with disabilities. The “Girls’ Night Out” program, funded in part by The Women’s Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, is designed to foster relationships, build self-esteem and confidence, and promote self-advocacy to a group of 12 women with disabilities in rural Oneida County.
The Upstate Cerebral Palsy program provides young women ages 18-30 with autism, intellectual disabilities, and/or Down syndrome in Boonville and the surrounding area with an opportunity to meet once a month. “Girls’ Night Out” provides these women the opportunity for personal growth in a safe and supportive space. This program serves as an educational, social, and health and wellness program, as the participants do not typically have the connections and opportunities that their peers may have. Funding will be used to cover many group activities that take place over the next year.
According to Geno DeCondo, Upstate Cerebral Palsy Executive Director, “Funding from the Women’s Fund of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc. will allow the “Girls’ Night Out” program to meet twice monthly, offering activities that have been financially out of reach for many of the women in the group, in addition to opening up opportunities for new women to join the group. Making these social activities available to the people we support has been life-changing to many of the participants, who are now able to learn and grow in a supportive and engaging environment. This funding will help to further empower these women through enhanced social and recreational activities, and we thank the Women’s Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Counties for your generous support.”
“Women and girls connecting with one another creates such a powerful network of support, camaraderie and fun! The Women’s Fund is truly pleased and honored to give a boost to Upstate Cerebral Palsy’s “Girl’s Night Out!” This program is certain to enhance wonderful new opportunities for younger girls within the Boonville area," commented Patrice J. King, Women’s Fund Board of Directors President.