May 2022 Newsletter

On May 18th, SOS members, grant recipients, friends, and families gathered at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center to celebrate the culmination of our 2021-2022 grant cycle and the 15th anniversary of the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund.

In September we received 174 letters of inquiry. In January, 38 invited agencies submitted full grant proposals and participated in virtual site visits with more than 60 SOS volunteers working in small teams. The final ballot was made up of 20 agencies for our members’ voting consideration.

Since the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund was founded in 2006, our members have invested over $3 million dollars in the Greater St. Louis community. At the Spirit Awards, we were honored to announce that this year, SOS is able to award over $202,000 in support of the important missions of ten nonprofits.

In celebration of our 15th anniversary year, we recognize the 2022 SOS grantees and our past grantees that truly represent what it means to be a hero, who have overcome the obstacles that were put in their paths, and who continue to enrich our community with their valuable work.

Angels’ Arms – $20,000 Supports foster families, keeping siblings together, providing homes, resources, and emotional support to foster parents to raise the standard of care for foster children.

Caring for Kids – $14,625 Funding for the Beds and Bedding project gives children safety and security, ensuring safe and secure sleep, and good all-around health.

EarthDance – $25,000 Equips communities with the resources and skills to grow food for themselves and others, in a way that shares power and capital, stewards the land, and prioritizes ecological values and human rights.

Gateway to Oral Health Foundation – $25,000 Provides preventive and comprehensive oral health care to children and youth in need, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Lift for Life Gym – $15,000 Offers children in St. Louis city a safe, enriching environment in which to strengthen their bodies, enrich their minds, develop healthy relationships, and learn to make positive life choices.

Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project (MICA) – $25,000 The Crisis Response Fund will facilitate emergency response for immigrants facing personal or larger-scale crises that require a legal or case management response.

The Breakfast Club – $20,000 Raises awareness of the disparities in breast cancer death rates and increases access to mammography screening and breast exams to uninsured and underinsured women.

Welcome Neighbor – $25,000 Partners with refugee and immigrant families, connecting them with the people and opportunities that empowers them to build and live their best life in their new country.

Three-Year Grant

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective – $33,333 StitchCast Studio brings together youth and professional artists in St. Louis to develop and produce a series of podcast episodes focused on the streets, gun violence, and finding solutions to issues confronting our youth.