Sunnyside’s Nuestra Casa has received a $13,000 grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation as part of more than $335,000 in competitive grants awarded this month.
Dr. Esperanza Lemos of Nuestra Casa said the funds will be used to set up and operate ESL, Spanish literary, math and English classes in Sunnyside.
“It will help pay for staffing,” she said. “We aren’t experts in math, so we need to hire outside our staff to provide a good education.”
The classes help local women gain an education, including earning GED diplomas and enrolling in local colleges.
“We’re extremely grateful,” said Lemos. “Obviously the women who participate in these classes will really benefit.”
Nuestra Casa applied for the grant earlier this year and was one of a large number of organizations receiving grants that range from $2,500 to $15,000.
The grants were given in six areas of focus: arts and culture; basic needs; education; environment and animals; health and wellness; and neighborhoods and communities.
“We are grateful to the non-profit organizations in our region that do the hard work every day to make sure that the needs of our community and its people are met,” said Linda Moore, president and CEO of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation.
The foundation manages more than $54 million in assets with more than 59 funds created by individuals, families, corporations and agencies.