JPMorgan Chase to invest $150M in Chicago’s South and West sides as part of effort to close ‘racial wealth divide’
JPMorgan Chase plans to invest $150 million in grants and low-cost loans for Chicago’s South and West sides as part of an earlier pledge to invest $30 billion over five years in underserved communities across the U.S.chicagotribune.com
Houston Newsmakers: Never a waste of time to do righteous things
U.S. Rep. Al Green (D) 9th is a guest on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall and says trying to pass gun legislation continues to be the right thing to do. See much more from Congressman Green in this week’s Houston Newsmakers EXTRAAdStop Asian hateOCA is the name of the national Asian civil rights organization pushing for an end to discrimination against Asians. Thu Nguyen is National Director and is a guest on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall. We talk about that and more on this week’s program and with additional conversation on Newsmakers EXTRA with Thu Nguyen . “Be the solution”That’s the name of the nonprofit started by former Houston City Council Member Amanda Edwards.
How to help ‘Kids’ Meals’ replace lost food due to power outages
HOUSTON – The nonprofit “Kids’ Meals” has been fighting hunger in Houston since 2016 providing free, healthy meals to preschool-aged children who live in extreme poverty. Beth Harp, executive director with Kids’ Meals, Inc., explained how the community can help them restock to aid those in dire need. Kids' Meals, Inc. (Kids' Meals, Inc.)Kids’ Meals lost all meat, cheese, milk, juice, and much of its bread and need help to resume delivery of 6,400 meals on Monday. We have been desperately trying to get the word out and raise funds in order to get new food supplies. You can donate here: https://www.giveffect.com/checkout/4136 Posted by Kids' Meals, Inc. on Thursday, February 18, 2021To donate or volunteer to Kids’ Meals, click here.
Local nonprofit hosts day of pampering for girls with special needs
HOUSTON – A former pro-basketball player is using his nonprofit to bring a sense of normalcy amidst the pandemic. Remi Yusuf, a native of Houston, founded the Be A 9th Wonder Foundation, which offers sports camps to children with special needs. However, on Sunday night, the group swayed away from sports, by focusing on a day of pampering. “It just warms my heart to know this organization is here to do this for our children with special needs. The event will be a basketball clinic for children with special needs at the Upside SportsPlex in Alvin, Texas.
Beyoncé foundation to donate $500K to families facing eviction amid COVID-19
FILE - This July 9, 2019 file photo shows Beyonce at the world premiere of "The Lion King" in Los Angeles. Beyonce announced Thursday, April 23, 2020 that her BEYGood charity will partner with Twitter's Jack Dorsey's Start Small campaign to provide $6 million in relief funds. In partnership with UCLA, the funds will go organizations providing mental wellness services. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)HOUSTON – Beyoncé, through her nonprofit BeyGOOD, continues to provide ways to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyoncé has also directed resources to Houston, including providing more than 500 COVID-19 tests, partnering with a local church for a drive-thru food distribution site and supplying basic necessities to those in need through local organizations.
Local nonprofit holds ‘Holly Jolly Toy Store’ to empower struggling parents
HOUSTON – A local nonprofit hoped to empower local parents who may be struggling this holiday season. The Forge for Families hosted the Holly Jolly Toy Store to offer a chance for parents to shop for new discounted gifts for their families with the focus of giving parents dignity, honor and respect. Their gym was filled with hundreds of new toys and gift cards from churches and people all over the country. “[The gifts] have all been significantly discounted so what might normally cost them $100 at the store would only cost them $25 tonight,” Thomas said. “I already know when my son sees PJ Masks, he’s going to be super excited,” Warren said with a smile.
Thieves steal $40,000 worth of machinery from Hope Farm nonprofit
HOUSTON – A local nonprofit is asking the public for help after thieves broke into their farm. Hope Farms said the thieves took a tractor, trailer and 4×4, which they estimate at about $40,000. Hope Farms is located in Houston’s Sunny Side neighborhood and dedicates itself to providing nutritious food to the community. According to Cavnar, Hope Farms, like many nonprofits and local businesses, is struggling because of the pandemic. Anyone with information on the stolen equipment or persons responsible is asked to call the Houston Police Department at 713-884-3131.
BakerRipley offers veterans helping hand with rental assistance
Through the Veterans Services Program, Mourland was able to get assistance with everything from rent and utilities to other necessities. Jeffrey Lewings, the Veterans Services Supervisor for BakerRipley, said the program has helped hundreds of veterans this year alone and thousands since it started back in 2013. “There are so many veterans out there that feel that they’re alone, that they’re by themselves. “It’s a phenomenal feeling to be able to assist and help the veterans." BakerRipley hopes that more veterans in need of help will reach out about the program.
Baker Ripley, largest Houston nonprofit, faces big challenges
Claudia Aguirre came to the United States with her parents when she was 8 years old. Now as she leads Houston’s largest nonprofit agency she says it her story is very much a part of the agency’s 112 year old legacy. That’s Baker Ripley.” From rent relief to ease evictions to feeding senior citizens, Baker Ripley is on the front lines during this pandemic. Find out more in this week’s Houston Newsmakers EXTRA with Claudia Aguirre and see the rest of her interview on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall. Watch Houston Newsmakers Sunday mornings at 10:30amMore Information:Claudia Aguirre, President, CEO Baker Ripley· Website: https://www.bakerripley.org/· Phone: 713-667-9400· Twitter: @BakerRipley· Email: email@example.comGaby Rowe, Project Lead, Operation Connectivity· Website: https://www.growassociatesllc.com· Website: https://bit.ly/2PQW6Ko· Phone: 281-900-9717· Email: firstname.lastname@example.org]STRONGER HOUSTON, The Digital Divide, Reporter Re’Chelle Turner· Website: https://www.click2houston.com/topic/stronger_houston/