The mission of the Social Action Committee is to identify and award a one-time annual grant to a non-profit organization that champions women through the provision of mental health services. Every year, a committee of volunteers selects a number of 501(c)(3) organizations in the tri-state area, who are then asked to submit a proposal detailing how the grant would be utilized if awarded. The Social Action Committee oversees the process from beginning to end and works directly with the WMHC Executive Board. The Executive Board selects one final organization as the recipient of a $10,000 grant.
Previous recipients of SA grants include:
Because we canceled our Quarterly Meetings due to the Covid pandemic, the Executive Committee donated the money usually spent on these meetings to the following food banks:
World Central Kitchen
WCK is working across America to safely distribute individually packaged, fresh meals in communities that need support— for children and families to pick up and take home, as well as delivery to seniors who cannot venture outside. WCK is also activating restaurants to help meet this demand by providing jobs for their staff and meals for those in need.
Family-to-Family, Inc. provides food, personal hygiene products, and other basic life essentials to American families struggling with the challenges of poverty. By connecting donors one-to-one with specific families in need, Family-to-Family’s mission is to bring a large and seemingly intractable problem- poverty- into personal focus, making concrete and meaningful results possible… one family at a time.
Feed the Front Lines
Feed the Front Lines NYC delivers free, nutritious meals prepared by local restaurants to healthcare workers and New Yorkers experiencing food insecurity.
The Alex House is a Brooklyn-based organization devoted to the provision of social support and leadership development of young and expecting or parenting mothers ages 15-25 who reside in economically depressed neighborhoods. The objective of their peer-based program is to promote long-term family sufficiency and a safe environment for mothers to thrive. The 10,000 award formed a Parent Educator stipend so an eligible mother can be successfully mentored to provide active listening skills and emotional support to other young mothers.
Make the Road New York (MRNY) has been working for over 25 years to ensure immigrant and working class communities in New York City are awarded the dignity and justice they deserve through numerous programs including education, organizing and ensuring access to services. The $10,000 awarded by WMHC to Make the Road New York was specifically used to address the growing need to assist immigrant women gain access to mental health care.
The New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF) exists to support a woman’s ability to decide her own reproductive destiny. They provide funds to clinics throughout the state of New York that have identified individuals in need of financial assistance. NYAFF was awarded a grant of $2000 in 2017 to assist women so they have the right to choose no matter their financial ability.
Interested in being considered for the WMHC grant?
If you are a 501c3 organization that supports women through mental health services and would like to be considered for the WMHC grant, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to nominate a 501c3 organization for the WMHC grant, please forward your suggestion to email@example.com.
Your input is important and we invite your interest and/or suggestions. (If you have already received the WMHC grant or have been selected as a previous recipient of the grant, please note this is a one-time award and will not be repeated so that we can support other deserving organizations.) All nominations will be considered - though you may not receive an individual response. Final decisions are made by the Executive Board of the WMHC.
The 2020 SAC committee members are: