The CE&O council has four areas of outreach:
- Grants to K-12 Music Programs provide support to Seattle area school music programs (K-12),
- Brava! recognizes outstanding women of excellence who have made a significant difference in our community. They are honored at a dinner in the spring.
- Charitable Outreach supports other 501(c)3 charities focused on education and support of women and children.
- Public Programs provides educational public programs/lectures for the benefit of the community.
Grants to K-12 Music Programs
CE&O's Music Counts! program is designed to provide grants to public school music teachers for "scores" of needs from coaching, instrument repairs and sheet music, to new instruments and educational materials. Grants have been awarded to elementary, middle, and high school programs (see chart below). Over the past 10 years close to $110,000 in grants have been awarded to Seattle area schools’ music programs, and the numbers of grants awarded have increased from 5 in 2011 to 45 in 2020.
New! The Gendler Grants Program. Thanks to the generosity of the late Natalie Gendler, WUC member and long-time advocate for music programs in the schools, we are proud to announce the Gendler Grants Program. These grants focus on funding durable, significant improvements to a school’s music program, and are directed to low-resourced schools with high diversity in the student body, high percentages of Free/Reduced Lunch, high incidence of homelessness among students, or other indications of significant challenges.
We are delighted to announce the winner of the first Gendler Grant, Amy Stevenson, Music Department Chair at Lynnwood High School. Her successful grant, which will run for two years, focuses on two areas: expanding her school’s professional coaching program, and enlarging the music library to include more women composers and composers of color.
The CE&O council thanks you for your support and urges you to think of music teachers you may know who could use financial help and urge them to apply for either of these grants.
Each year we identify “Women of Excellence” in our state who have made an impact by their service to others and celebrate them at our annual Brava! Award Banquet. Since 2003, we have honored over 50 women of excellence for their contributions—women scientists, publishers, fashion designers, artists, journalists, entrepreneurs, and civic and community leaders. This same evening, we honor our scholarship winners, graduating high-school senior women and “women-in-transition” (women who stopped their education for various reasons and would now like to go back to school to improve their circumstances). Over the years, our Brava! and scholarship winners have inspired and encouraged all of us to have a positive impact on our community and beyond.
2020 The Elizabeth Gregory Home The EGH mission is to provide a welcoming and respectful refuge where homeless and at-risk women have access to compassionate care including hygiene, mental health, nutrition, medical and dental assistance, housing and financial stability.
2019 Mary’s Place On Valentine's Day a check for $7,000 was delivered to Mary's Place. These funds were generously donated by WUC members to support the important work of Mary's Place in helping women and families move out of homelessness.
2018 Parent Trust for Washington Children Community Education & Outreach Council collected $3,500 to support this organization which helps meet the needs of families transitioning into parenthood by helping find resources, parenting classes, and new parent education.
2017 Eastside Baby Corner helps kids reach their full potential tomorrow by meeting basic needs today. A check for $4,375 was presented to EBC in March 2018.
Ellen Stewart Blom Memorial Arts Lecture Series
2021 The Fourth Blom Lecture will be given by Erik Larson on Friday February 26 at 7pm. He will discuss his newest book, The Splendid and the Vile. His presentation will be followed by questions from the audience and a book signing.
2019 The Third Blom lecture, September 22, 2019, was presented by Lynda V. Mapes, Science and Environment reporter for The Seattle Times, and author of several books, most recently Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak.
2018 The Second Blom Lecture, August 12, 2018, featured Jim Lynch, novelist, whose most recent book was Truth Like the Sun (2012).
2017 The First Blom Lecture, August 6, 2017, was presented by Phil Borges, social documentary photographer and filmmaker, whose recent works included Crazywise and Stirring the Fire: A Global Movement to Empower Women and Girls.
Other Shared Community Programs
2019 Secret Lives of Muslims. Co-sponsored by the WUC Foundation, Seattle Rotary, the City of Seattle Human Rights Commission, World Without Hate, and the Muslim Association of Puget Sound. A screening of episodes of this web series, followed by a panel discussion, and open Q&A.
2018 I am Jane Doe. The Community Education & Outreach Council partnered with the Rotary Club of Seattle to sponsor a screening of “I Am Jane Doe” — a documentary film highlighting the fight against sex trafficking in America. (Learn more at iamjanedoefilm.com.)