A look at one of the four military- and veteran-focused charities that received $37,500 as part of this year’s Newman’s Own Awards. For more on the award program and on other award recipients, including the $50,000 winner, click here.
Charity/program: The child care assistance program run by the Los Angeles-based Foundation for Women Warriors.
What it does: The program provides child care scholarships and stipends to enable veteran mothers to maintain employment or pursue education. The foundation helps female veterans make a successful transition to civilian life.
What the money will do: This $37,500 award will allow the organization to provide 88 women and children with a combined 1,440 days of child care, said Jodie Grenier, executive director of the organization.
In brief: Scholarships are provided for summer, winter and after-care camp for working or student veteran mothers, and child care subsidies are paid to license child care providers for children, infants to age 5.
Karen has covered military families, quality of life and consumer issues for Military Times for more than 30 years, and is co-author of a chapter on media coverage of military families in the book "A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families." She previously worked for newspapers in Guam, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Fla., and Athens, Ga.