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IID Approves Grant for WomanHaven Building in El Centro


The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors approves a grant to WomanHaven that will help the non-profit offset the cost of the energy-efficient retrofit project for their property located on Main Street in El Centro, California. 

Green Grants are available to non-profit organizations located in IID’s service area. Funding is limited to energy efficiency/management upgrades and investments in renewable resources not covered under any existing public benefit program offered by IID. Green grant projects may qualify for up to $2,500 per calendar year unless guidance is provided for a different funding level.

WomanHaven, A Center for Family Solutions is a 501c3 nonprofit organization incorporated in Imperial County. The WomanHaven Thrift Store provides free clothing for clients and their children and other products to help set up their households. Goods are also available for re-sale to the general public which is utilized to support other client services and charitable program needs.

WomanHaven submitted a green grant request for $30,000 related to an energy-efficient lighting retrofit project at the Thrift Store located at 742 W. Main Street in El Centro. The total project cost is $30,420.

The item was presented to the Energy Consumers Advisory Committee on July 17, 2023. The committee voted 10-1 with two abstentions to recommend that the request be funded of $30,000. At the request of ECAC, staff confirmed that the building is owned by WomanHaven.

The Green Grant program’s annual budget is $50,000 leaving approximately $16,000 in program funds available for future requests.

WomanHaven promotes and provides a comprehensive response to domestic violence, stalking, and human trafficking through Community Outreach and Education, prevention, intervention, client support services; and safety and shelter services.

WomanHaven Thrift Store provides free clothing to our clients and their children and helps them set up households. They serve others in the community through the vouchers that is distributed to all the churches, community centers, homeless shelters, and family resource centers. There is also assistance to people in special government training programs such as Cal-Works and other community-based organizations. Clients can select goods that may be useful to them as they transition into living independent lives. Other goods are available for resale to generate income which is then utilized to support other client services and charitable programs.

Whether people donate or buy, 100% of the net proceeds support survivors of domestic violence and the services needed to keep them and their children safe. When people buy from them or make tax-deductible donations of gently used clothing, furniture, and household items, they help end domestic violence in the community in two ways: survivors benefit from items donated to the thrift store and often can build a career wardrobe for an important job interview or select home goods and furnishings to help them rebuild a new home.

Items are sold to the public and 100% of the net proceeds support the emergency shelter, counseling services, and other related programs.

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