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Five programs centered around helping woman and children received $5,000 in grants from the United Way of Racine County’s Women United Brighter Future Fund.

The programs help in the development of Racine County’s workforce, according to officials with United Way.

“This fund, which is separate from United Way’s Community Campaign, offers grant opportunities to programs aiding the development of today and tomorrow’s workforces, with a focus on women and children. Annual grants are available for programs that support family financial stability, school readiness, and on-time graduation,” according to officials with United Way.

The Brighter Future Fund recipients are:

Over 21 percent of the population in the City of Racine is living in poverty, 9,000 residents 25 years and older living in the City of Racine don’t have high school diploma or GED, and the per capita income in the city was less than $21,000 in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

This is the first year the Women United fund has been awarded. The group was created and led by 70,000 women from around the country with the mission of effecting change in their local communities.

“United Way of Racine County’s Women United supports United Way’s efforts to build an educated workforce. Members are mobilized and inspired to become powerful philanthropists,” according to a press release from the United Way of Racine County.

The fund-raising cycle takes place from October through July 18. Applicants for the Brighter Future fund are taken from July through August. The Women United executive committee decides who will receive the grants in September.

“Through the creation of the Brighter Future Fund, Women United shows its commitment to supporting United Way of Racine County’s goal of building an educated workforce,” the press release reads.







Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.