Your vote could help Biloxi organization win $50,000 prize

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Trang Pham-Bui – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) –  A Biloxi organization that offers job training to low-income women is a finalist for a huge grant and your vote could help it win the grand prize.

The Women in Construction program is one of three non-profits in Mississippi competing for a $50,000 grant from the Foundation for the Mid-South. The foundation recognizes groups and people who make a difference in their communities. It received more than 600 nominations and notified the finalists this week.

"We're so excited that the Gulf Coast is going to be recognized for some of the great work that we're doing," said Julie Kuklinski, Women in Construction Program Director.

The Women in Construction program trains women in welding and basic home construction. It falls under the Moore Community House program.  Since the program began in 2008, 75 women have graduated.

"If we get this grant money, we will definitely train more and more women. The more money we can get, the more women we can train," said Kuklinski. "Right now, we have a waiting list of over 150 women who want to take the class and we cannot reach them all and this is our way to reach all those women."

To win the grant money, the organization must get the most number of votes online at the Foundation for the Mid South's website. The voting deadline is October 29th. The final winners in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas will be announced the week of November 15th

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