Bezos Family Foundation Delivers $10,000 Grant to HUELC
The Bezos Family Foundation has awarded a $10,000 matching grant for the Women2Women Scholarship Fund for use at the HU Early Learning Center. This grant matches the money raised for the Scholarship at the International Women’s Day Celebration in March. During her visit to Heritage as the keynote speaker for the International Women’s Day event, Jackie Bezos toured the HUELC. In addition to the matching grant, the Foundation is providing two new commercial strollers for the toddlers at the HUELC. With this support and that of our other donors we will be able to start awarding scholarships to our student-parents in the fall. We are grateful to the Bezos Foundation and to everyone here at Heritage who helped make their visit special.
Women2Women International Women's Day Celebration
On the morning of Saturday, March 7th, 2015, 133 women from Yakima County and beyond gathered in Smith Family Hall to help Women 2 Women at Heritage University celebrate International Women’s Day. There were displays by 12 local women authors and artists, including our own Carolyn Nelson and Sr. Terry Mullen. Board member Mimi Gates introduced the keynote speaker, Jackie Bezos, who gave an inspiring overview of the early childhood brain research funded by the Bezos Foundation. That research has led to a Foundation-led program called VROOM that offers free tools parents can use with their infants and toddlers to help stimulate brain development. The event can be acclaimed as a success on two fronts: it raised enough funds for at least two scholarships to help our students with childcare tuition at the Early Learning Center, and it provided a positive introduction to a large number of people who were on our campus for the first time.
Women2Women Wine & Cheese Gathering
On September 10th, 2014, Women2Women of Heritage University came together at the Yakima Area Arboretum for an evening with a terrific group of women to share insights and help select projects for raising funds, determining criteria for using those funds and selecting educational programming for all of us.
After a brief introduction, we voted for the events we hoped to host in the next fiscal year. The two fundraising events will be an International Women’s Day Celebration and an online Five after Five campaign. Membership recognition events will be presentations on managing conflict and child psychology.
Volunteers were selected to work on each of these areas and committees are being formed for event planning, memberships and scholarships.
Women2Women at Heritage University
The Women to Women collaborative at Heritage University is a group of faculty and staff who are passionate about supporting women students at HU. Our purpose is to engage the philanthropic commitment of women in the community to help remove barriers to the educational success of our women students at Heritage.
Members of Women to Women wanted to identify key supports that can significantly impact the success of students. We began with a simple query to faculty and staff: what resource do you think could make a difference in the lives and success of our students? The input we received was overwhelming: quality, affordable childcare could make the difference in students’ ability to succeed academically. Given this feedback, we initiated a student survey with the support of the HU Institutional Research Department, which validated childcare as a crucial need.
We are now working together with leaders from our community, many of them alumnae, to establish a scholarship fund that will aid students with tuition for high quality early learning and childcare. Given that women are 75% of our student body and that 28% are single parents, childcare is a crucial priority.
To get involved with this initiative, please contact NewWashington@heritage.edu. To contribute, checks can be made payable to Heritage University and sent to the Heritage University Advancement Office at 3240 Fort Road, Toppenish, WA 98948. In the memo line, write “Women to Women Scholarship Fund”.