The Mary Kay Foundation Awards YWCA of Central VA $20,000 Grant

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The Mary Kay Foundation Awards YWCA of Central VA $20,000 Grant

The Mary Kay Foundation AWARDS YWCA of Central VA $20,000 GRANT

Mary Kay Representative Charese Chambers presents check to YWCA of Central VA CEO Ashley Reynolds Marshall
Mary Kay Representative Charese Chambers presents check to YWCA of Central VA CEO Ashley Reynolds Marshall

 The Mary Kay Foundation Honors Domestic Violence Awareness Month by Issuing $2 Million in Grants to 100 Domestic Violence Shelters Across the Country

 [Lynchburg, VA] (March 16, 2020) – In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Mary Kay Foundation announced in October it is awarding $2 million in grants to 100 domestic violence shelters across the country. The YWCA of Central Virginia’s Domestic Violence Prevention Program has a received $20,000 unrestricted grant to support local survivors of domestic violence in the region. This year’s grant contribution brings the Foundation’s total investment in its shelter grant program to $52 million.

The Mary Kay Foundation was established in 1996 with the overarching purpose of supporting issues impacting women. In 2000, The Foundation expanded to include ending domestic violence as part of its mission. The Foundation is committed to funding the life-saving work of women’s shelters, and the annual shelter grant program has helped finance critical needs including emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and legal aid. All of these resources support women and children as they seek refuge and relief on their journey to an abuse-free life. This year, more than 1,100 organizations applied for the Mary Kay Foundation shelter grants.

“At Mary Kay, we believe in helping women improve their circumstances and live their best lives,” said President of The Mary Kay Foundation Board of Directors Michael Lunceford.   “One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and it is our responsibility to support the women’s shelters that aid these survivors. At the heart of The Foundation’s work is the shelter grant program which is actively supported by our Independent Beauty Consultants. We’re proud that our commitment makes such a powerful impact in local communities and in the lives of domestic violence survivors across the country.”

According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, more than 72,000 adult and child victims receive domestic violence services across the United States in just one day. Unfortunately, in the same period of time, more than 11,000 requests for services are unmet due to a lack of resources.

This year, more than 399,000 women and their families will receive domestic violence support services through the 100 agencies awarded grants by The Mary Kay Foundation.

At the YWCA of Central VA, the Domestic Violence Prevention Programs (DVPP) helps women, children, men, and families recover from abuse, resolve personal conflicts, improve self-esteem and begin new lives. The primary feature of this program is our two VSDVAA certified shelters.  The shelters are located in a private, secure and confidential places in both the City of Lynchburg and the Town of Altavista. The programs provide survivors with individual caseworkers, child caseworkers, on-site support groups, parenting classes, court advocacy, and transportation.

“The YWCA of Central Virginia is so honored and thankful for the investment that The Mary Kay Foundation makes to support not only our shelters here in Central Virginia – but in support of Domestic Violence shelters across the country,“ says CEO, Ashley Reynolds Marshall. “Our Domestic Violence Prevention Program answered over 8,000 calls from victims and members of the community seeking information to support their loved ones or clients in the 2018-2019 year alone.  We are truly humbled by the investment from The Mary Kay Foundation and thankful to be able to continue to support victims while we help them become survivors.”

 Please visit the YWCA of Central VA’s DVPP page online to learn more:  Please visit for more information, and to view the complete list of 2019 shelter grant recipients.

About The Mary Kay Foundation?

Guided by Mary Kay Ash’s dream to enrich the lives of women everywhere, The Mary Kay Foundation raises and distributes funds to invest in breakthrough cancer research to find a cure for women-related cancers, and ending domestic violence against women. Since 1996, The Mary Kay Foundation has contributed more than $78 million to organizations aligned with its two-fold mission. In addition, the Foundation supports awareness initiatives, community outreach programs, and advocates for legislation to ensure women are healthy and safe. Together, we can make the world better for women. To learn more about how to educate, advocate, volunteer and donate, and join life-saving work to support and empower women, visit, find us on Facebook and Instagram, or follow us on Twitter.