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Support Jamaica’s Hurricane Relief Efforts

Jamaica is hurting deeply right now. Hurricane Beryl has left a trail of devastation in several parishes, especially St. Elizabeth and St. Thomas. Our caregivers and children are bearing the brunt of this disaster, and their pain is evident. We are reaching out to you, asking for your support to help 100 families. We want to provide essential supplies to 100 caregivers. These supplies will include a children’s book to help them cope with distress, snacks and ready-to-make meals, toiletries,…

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Join the Global Menstrual Equity Movement

Thank you for supporting the work of the GrassROOTS Community Foundation and our effort to #endperiodpoverty by challenging period stigma and shame. At GrassROOTS, we recognize the unique challenges girls—and later women—face as they navigate social pressures, which often results in adverse health outcomes and limits economic opportunities. As a public health and social justice organization, we invest in girls by providing training and education to help them succeed in life and stay healthy. We refined our initiatives to focus on…

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Read Across Jamaica Project 2024

We're thrilled to announce that we've successfully made it to Jamaica! Our dedicated team in New Jersey sorted and packed an impressive 1250 books for the Read Across Jamaica Project. Follow along with our journey on GrassROOTS’ Instagram @grassrootsfound to gain deeper insights into our process and witness our impactful work in action. A heartfelt thank you goes out to JetBlue and the exceptional team at Newark Airport, as well as Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Icema Gibbs, for…

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Education Week and Read Across Jamaica

It's that time of year again: Education Week and Read Across Jamaica. We're urgently reaching out to ask for your help in addressing two critical issues affecting our communities: crime and literacy. We need your support. The GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF), along with Marley Dias and our partners, including the Book Industry Association of Jamaica, JetBlue, the Rotary Club of Kingston East and Port Royal (KEPR), the Governor-General's Programme for Excellence, and the Reading and Reasoning movement, are working to…

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GCF Year in Review

Thank you for helping us grow and expand. Your support has been vital. We know that investments take time to yield their outcomes, and we are grateful for your patience. These 13 years have been remarkable. We feel like we are just getting started.   Below are some of the things that your investments made possible in 2023.   Summer Study: Black Land Use and Food Supply: Ghana In the United States, land ownership, food production, and food access are…

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Giving Tuesday

Last Saturday night was a wonderful celebration as we honored three remarkable individuals who have been instrumental in institutionalizing our work. Photos can be found here.   Your support played a crucial role in achieving our initial goal of raising $10,000. Because of YOU, Board member Lisa Maxwell secured the title of #TurkeyChallenge winner for the third consecutive year.   The funds raised had a meaningful impact, allowing us to provide meals and books to seniors and youth at Georgia…

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Turkey Challenge 2023

Help us provide meals for 500 families in Newark, New Jersey and Atlanta, Georgia   Donate $25 = 1 healthy meal for families   Turkey Challenge will be from Oct. 23rd through Nov. 18th   TeamLisa  + TeamJanice = TeamGive   Over the past decade, we provided thousands of meals to families in Newark, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Boston.   This year fundraising goal is $10,000.   Funds raised will provide meals for elders and community members at Georgia King Village,…

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Green Ribbon Week 2023

Join the GrassROOTS SuperGirls’ public health initiative #Green Ribbon Week - a campaign to promote positive mental health of youth.   Breathe. Move. Connect   #GreenRibbonWeek is September 18-22   The campaign goals are: Educate youth about ways to maintain good mental health practices. Encourage to LISTEN to youth to better understand their needs and ways to support. Make conversations about mental health as common as conversations about physical health.   We are also working to institutionalize youth mental health…

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Banned Book Club

Books are mirrors and windows for children. They offer opportunities to explore themselves and to gain insight into the lives of others. This book club provides and creates space for children to enjoy reading and to build community with each other.
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Read Across Jamaica

Education Week 2023 Project Focus: Libraries

This year, GCF in collaboration with the Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), Marley Dias and the Ministry of Education in Jamaica is collecting 2,000 culturally diverse books for donations. We are particularly interested in books where Black girls and boys, Southeast Asians, and Chinese are the main characters. These populations represent the diversity of the population of Jamaica.   This year, renowned and celebrated author Jacqueline Woodson will be joining our Read Across Jamaica efforts.   We have made…

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