Spring 2023 Archives - Mary's Pence

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Spring 2023

Liberating Women from Trafficking

Agape Children’s Services


Agape Children’s Services foster the advancement of young girls to make positive life choices and to maximize their potential through advocacy, mentorship, and primary care needs. Mary’s Pence 1st grant will support the “Love, Support, and Compassion for Trafficked Adolescent Girls” program, tailored to trauma-impacted and at-risk girls in impoverished and overlooked communities in Houston. […]

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Cultivating Women Leaders

Anole Sisters


Anole Sisters works with women in the Oromo diaspora to acknowledge past trauma, embrace healing, and build connections to create change within their community. Anole Sisters prevents social isolation by creating support groups, encouraging communication, and providing training and one-on-one support. The organization seeks social change by connecting Oromo families with community resources.  The project […]

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Accompanying Women Experiencing Incarceration

It Takes a Village Collaborative

District of Columbia

Working with formerly incarcerated women, It Takes a Village Collaborative supports women in D.C. as they reintegrate into society. Their To Be Me Returning Citizens Program uses a holistic approach to encourage people to reach their full potential through wellness and healing. Core parts of the program include engaging participants in self-empowerment practices and participating […]

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Creating Inclusive Communities

Creating Freedom Movements


Creating Freedom Movements is a training program that teaches participants to build community, cross-issue solidarity, and infrastructures of justice and joy by moving from cultures of separation and domination to cultures of connection and reciprocity. CFM’s 18-month cohort fosters deep relationships and provides participants with resources supporting sustainability while promoting self-care and joy to keep […]

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Advocating for Just Systems

National Equal Justice Association

National Equal Justice Association secures equal justice for poor and minority workers and their families struggling to obtain fair wages, nutritional food, health care, clean and affordable water, and safe working and living conditions. Mary’s Pence’s second grant will advance NEJA’s Bayview Hunters Point campaign to raise awareness about the water contamination affecting The Hunters […]

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Increasing Economic Security

Dreams Are Possible


Dreams are Possible prepares women for economically sustainable employment by training them to be first-class, skill-based workers, enabling them to secure careers in the building trades and related fields that provide living wages, benefits, and dignity. Dreams are Possible classes focus on topics employers have identified as needed in their workforce. The organization’s goal is […]

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Inclusive Community

League of Women Voters

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The League of Women Voters (LWV) Minneapolis is a women-run, non-partisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in all levels of government. LWV Minneapolis works to increase understanding of major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. They are partnering with local organizations, like A Mother’s Love and the Native American […]

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Cultivating Women Leaders

Ready to Launch


Ready to Launch equips women from historically marginalized communities with the opportunities and support to learn, grow, and launch careers in government and political spheres. Ready to Launch’s work seeks to counterbalance the impacts of generational wealth and expand access to many who have been previously locked out of these spaces. The fellowship program and […]

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Creating Inclusive Communities

Germantown Residents for Economic Alternatives Together


Germantown Residents for Economic Alternatives Together, GREAT, is a grassroots neighborhood organization, primarily volunteer-operated, that works on building community and addressing social justice in various ways. GREAT supports its members around housing, such as deed-related issues, and creates a culture of fighting displacement and other injustices. GREAT also has a Food & Seeds program, which […]

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Empowering Young Women

The WomanHOOD Project


The WomanHOOD Project (HOOD: Helping Ourselves Overcome Discrimination) is an after-school mentorship program for girls, femmes, and trans/gender nonconforming (TGNC) youth of color in the Bronx. Their mission is to celebrate womanhood through a racial and gender justice lens by building the next generation of grassroots leaders. The organization hosts an after-school program and a […]

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