The Women's Fund of Essex County

The Women’s Fund of Essex County is a community of women, families and businesses dedicated to creating social change for women and girls in need.  Our vision is to empower all women and girls to meet their full potential. 

We raise funds and make grants to targeted non-profit programs in Essex County that are changing the lives of women and girls in significant and sustainable ways.  In addition, we work to raise awareness of the needs and issues impacting local women and girls. 

We focus on Essex County because we believe that the most sustainable change begins locally.

Luncheon 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, The Women's Fund held its 12th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon, where we celebrated the granting of $200,000 to 19 Essex County  agencies with programs supporting women and girls. The grants were made in three fields of funding: Economic Self-Suffiency and Security, Health and Well-Being, and Leadership and Empowerment .

Our agency speaker this year was Donna Rivera of the Greater Lawrence Family Heath Center. She was accompanied by two participants in the Lawrence Latino Nursing Program, Rosa Jimenez and Yamylet Ramos, who shared their successes in the program.

Piper Kerman, author of "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison" was our featured speaker. She praised the work of our agency partners, and discussed how their efforts dovetail with the work she does as an advocate for reform in our criminal justice system.

Thank you to all our attendees and supporters for making our Grant Awards Luncheon a tremendous success!

Lynn Bryant Chair Women's Fund Grant Allocation Committee,
Rosa Jimenez, Donna Rivera Senior VP of Community Programs Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Yamlet Ramos, Becky Hallowell President Women's Fund Advisory Board

Piper Kerman author of "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison"

Photos by Alyse Gause