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As 2020 draws to a close, we need your support to continue our work at GrassROOTS Community Foundation.   We are a training organization with a focus on public health and social justice. Our work is becoming more relevant each day, particularly as we continue to battle a global pandemic and racial strife within the United States and abroad. GrassROOTS’ mission begins with girls and the environments that shape their lives, namely home and schools.   In 2021, we will…

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We are so grateful for your support in providing funds to our initiatives and programs.   Because of you, this year, we have been able to provide healthy meals to hundreds of families in New Jersey and Georgia; supply period products to over 1000 girls in the United States, Jamaica and Ghana and build a pipeline of girl leaders.   This #GivingTuesday, we ask for your help once more.   There is one area in which we need additional resources: OPERATIONS.…

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Period Poverty and Food Insecurity are harming our girls

In 2019, GrassROOTS members have provided over 50,000 sanitary napkins to 1000 girls in the US, Jamaica and Ghana—yet that is not enough.  1 in 4 girls will miss school each year because they do not have the supplies necessary to have a healthy period. These same girls are often recipients of free and reduced meals. In New Jersey, we have partnered with Uzima Dance Fitness to build a pantry at Central High School.   On Giving Tuesday, GCF and…

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End Period Poverty in Newark NJ

Girls in poverty will miss almost one third of a school year, simply because they are a girl. Thirty-seven states tax girls and women for period products.   As early as age 9, the majority of girls will begin menstruation. This launch into womanhood constitutes many changes to their lives. For girls with meager and limited resources menstruation introduces new and more stressful financial burdens. The consequences of which can impede their educational achievements. The effects are compounded for those…

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End Period Poverty Video

About #EndPeriodPoverty   GrassROOTS has taken a global approach to the issue of period poverty. As us, we are collecting and donating sanitary supplies to girls in Newark, Jamaica, and Ghana.   This work is an imperative because across the world girls living in poverty will miss almost one third of a school year, simply because they menstruate. These are often the same girls who are eligible for free and reduced lunches. Therefore, because of the bias and stigma around…

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WhatOrphansWant Benefit Concert

SuperGirl Olivia is using her birthday wish to grant the wishes of youth in Haiti. Her social action project is titled #WhatOrphansWant. On June 15, 2019, she is hosting a benefit concert to raise funds to help students and orphans in Haiti. Below is the summary of student’s wish list. W.O.W Wishlist 1 Bible 23 Bicycles 8 Book Bags 5 Cars 15 Cell phones 8 Outfits including clothing, suits and uniforms 2 Dolls 4 Animals including goats and cows 1…

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Give Thanks Cocktail Fundraiser

The 2018 GIVE THANKS Cocktail Fundraiser is being held at the Montclair Art Museum. Guests will enjoy the beautiful African drumming sounds of Yahya Kamate and poetry by the GrassROOTS SuperGirls. Following the award presentations, DJ Scotty Nevers will keep us on the dance floor all night.   For the past eight  years, GrassROOTS, through our intensive summer leadership camp and SuperGirls Society, has encouraged and activated girls to become youth leaders and changemakers.   Through their local, national and international meeting…

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Invest in Black Girls Leadership Training

After years of success in New Jersey and a short pilot in Philadelphia, GrassROOTS Community Foundation is ready to expand our girls leadership training model. We are seeking your support to develop more black girl changemakers.   Support black girl leadership in New Jersey and Philly by donating today!!   SuperCamp: The Leadership Training Experience  For 8 years, we have trained 50+ black girls at SuperCamp, the summer intensive leadership training program where our SuperGirls learn the foundation of becoming changemakers.  …

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Turkey GiveAway

Proceeds from the Turkey competition and gala allow us to provide a turkey along with organic fruits and vegetables for families during the holiday. Each year we make it our goal to provide a complete and healthy meal for all those who sign up that they are in need of support. While Georgia King Village has and remains a core priority, GrassROOTS also serves other institutions that reach out to us for support. In the past we have provided to…

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1000 Titles of #1000BlackGirlBooks

After months of reviewing and collecting books, we are happy to report that the resource guide now has 1000 independent titles of black girl books. As of January 2017, the campaign has collected 9000 books where black girls are the main characters-that equals 1535 distinct books. We are not done. If you know of a black girl book, not listed in the resource guide, please send us a copy or two so we can add it to our collection.   If…

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