Giving back: Bank of America, Golo, AARP, Lowe’s

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Food Bank gets $100,000 from Bank of America.

The Food Bank of Delaware received a $100,000 grant from Bank of America.

The grant will help fund the Food Bank of Delaware’s Mobile Pantry and Backpack programs.

The Mobile Pantry truck comes filled with non-perishables, fresh produce, dairy, beverages, and other refrigerated and frozen items. The truck visits community access points throughout the state, and volunteers help distribute food to families in need. The Backpack Program provides food year-round to children in need for weekends and holidays when school is not in session and federal school meal programs are unavailable.

The grant is part of Bank of America’s philanthropic giving efforts in local communities. Awardees were selected for their commitment to addressing basic needs and workforce development for individuals and families, in particular during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Facing increased need throughout the pandemic, the Food Bank of Delaware has stepped up to ensure Delaware families have access to nourishing meals and other resources,” said Chip Rossi, President of Bank of America Delaware. “As many families and individuals continue to face challenges, the Food Bank’s work is vital in ensuring our neighbors are fed and have access to everyday necessities.”

GOLO donates $10,000 to UD 4-H

GOLO, a wellness solutions company, recently donated $10,000 to the University of Delaware 4-H Program. The funds will support various educational programs managed by the University of Delaware 4-H, specifically initiatives emphasizing health and nutrition.

GOLO is based in Newark.

“We have long admired the contributions made by The University of Delaware 4-H Program to families in the community,” says Jennifer Brooks, President, GOLO LLC. “Our donation will help to support their efforts in the areas of healthy living and nutrition education.”

The goal of the Delaware 4-H program is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility, and life skills of youth through a positive youth development approach. The program incorporates the National 4-H Essential Elements that include creating an environment where youth feel a sense of belonging, have an opportunity to master skills, practice independence, and develop a spirit of generosity. In addition, 4-H members are involved in long-term learning experiences with peers and adult volunteers while participating in interactive, hands-on learning and innovative opportunities as they grow and work together as catalysts for positive change. 

Lowe’s donates PPE

Home improvement chain Lowe’s donated over 222 gallons of germicidal ultra bleach, 5,500 disposable face masks, 400 canisters of disposable wipes, 32 hand dispensers, and 84 bottles of hand sanitizer to Donate Delaware for distribution to organizations in need throughout Delaware.

Donate Delaware offers a ‘’request form’’ on their website www.donatedelaware.org for organizations in need of supplies.

As part of its outreach effort, Donate Delaware volunteers will work with nonprofit and community leaders to ensure that the items reach the most vulnerable populations and frontline workers, senior citizen facilities, schools, and health centers.  

AARP grants listed 

AARP Delaware announced two Delaware organizations will receive 2021 Community Challenge grants – part of the largest group of grantees to date, with $3.2 million awarded among 244 organizations nationwide.

Grantees will implement quick-action projects to promote livable communities by improving housing, transportation, public spaces, civic engagement, and connection with family, friends, and neighbors, emphasizing the needs of the 50-plus. Many of this year’s awards support revitalizing communities adversely impacted by the pandemic and focus on diversity, inclusion, and disparities.

“We are incredibly proud to collaborate with these organizations as they work to make immediate improvements in their communities, encourage promising ideas, and jumpstart long-term change, especially for those age 50 and over,” shared AARP Delaware State Director, Lucretia Young. “Our goal at AARP Delaware is to support the efforts of our communities to be great places for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities.”

All projects are expected to be completed by November 10, 2021. Delaware projects funded include:

  • Urban Bike Project of Wilmington will co-host six-monthly Open Streets events in locations across the city. Streets will be closed to motor vehicle traffic, and the events will create safe spaces for residents of all ages to engage in outdoor recreation and connect with their communities.
  • Wilmington Alliance will install “Art Racks,” sculptural bike-racks designed by local artists, which will enhance already-established community spaces, increase bike-ability of the area, and create works of public art.

The Community Challenge grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods, and rural areas.

Since 2017, AARP Delaware has awarded nine Challenge Grants and $94,000 through the program to nonprofit organizations and government entities across the state.

 

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