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Women Run supports Win, Inc. Formerly known as Women in Need, now simply as Win, this organization is improving the lives of homeless women and children in New York City “so the women can regain their independence and their children can look forward to a brighter future.” Women and their children make up 80% of the homeless population in New York City and since 1983 Win has been expanding its reach to meet their needs. Today, Win is winning: 90% of women who complete a Win Shelter program find permanent housing AND are still in that house two years later. With access to education, life skills training, child care and health and wellness interventions, women are gaining the skills, confidence and motivation to seek and secure gainful employment. Please check them out at:


Women Run supported GEMS. Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, otherwise known as GEMS, is a New York City-based nonprofit that provides services to girls and young women aged 12-24 who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.

The Department of Justice estimates the most frequent age of entry into the commercial sex industry in the United States is 12-24 years ( In New York City, there are an estimated 2,200 children victimized by commercial sexual exploitation every year. GEMS outreach programs and services help these girls and young women exit the commercial sex industry and reach their full potential. Assistance ranges from prevention education, crisis care, court advocacy to transitional housing. Please check them out at:


Women Run supports Girls on the Run Coastal Georgia. Using the power of running the program focuses on preteen girl character development and establishing a foundation for healthy living. Building the confidence of girls in their preteen years, Girls on the Run prepares girls for a life led with positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Training to run and gaining life skills along the way, all helping the next generation start from a position of strength. Please check them out at


Women Run supports the Fly Foundation. FLY – Financial Lift for Young Adults with Cancer – Foundation provides support to Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents, aged 19-39, who have been diagnosed with cancer. Funds may be used to reimburse for co-insurance, co-pays and living expenses including rent or mortgage payments and utilities.

Young adults, aged 19-39, make up less than 10% of all cancer patients, but this age group is the least likely to survive. Several factors contribute to the low survival rate including delays in diagnosis, a shortage of age-tailored treatments, as well as lack of patient health insurance and financial resources. The FLY Foundation assists young adults who are braving those formidable years as they enter adulthood, when most pursue education, start a career and possibly a family. Please check them out at


Women Run supported Greenlight for Girls in its first ever U.S. event: An all day FREE event for girls aged 11-15 years old to learn about Science and Technology. 150 girls participated on June 11, 2011 in Dartmouth, MA with workshops covering Science, Health & Beauty, Oceanography and Engineering.

Greenlight for Girls is a Brussel, Belguim-based international non-profit organization that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to girls of all ages and backgrounds. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor women make up 9 percent of engineers today and 19 percent of engineering undergraduates in the U.S. are girls. Check them out at



In 2010, its inaugural year, Women Run donated both gifts in kind and seed funding to the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts for The Life Work Project. The Life Work Project: Helping Women in Southeastern Massachusetts Achieve Economic Security through Education aims to reduce the number of women and children who live in poverty; and who are on public assistance.

The Fall River/New Bedford, MA region is home to unemployment rates of around 14 percent — whereas 9.3 percent was the national average in December 2010. Over 40 percent of girls do not receive their high school diplomas. With this backdrop, the program is focused on helping women achieve a family-sustaining wage and uses education as a path out of poverty. The beneficiaries are low-income women seeking educational advancement and economic independence. Women receive financial coaching and academic mentoring; and one result is each woman develops an actionable career development plan.  For more information, please visit

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