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#GivingTuesday

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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Families in New Jersey and Georgia are the real winners of the #TurkeyChallenge

Mona Scott-Young is the undisputed champion of the GrassROOTS Turkey Challenge beating board members, Lisa Maxwell and Dr. Janice Johnson. But the real winners are the hundreds of families who received healthy meals this holiday season.   Funds raised by the competitive turkey challenge allowed GrassROOTS to purchase 20lb turkeys, organic fruit and veggies for families at Georgia King Village in Newark and QLS Gardens in Atlanta.   For pictures of the GrassROOTS Give Back events go to: Georgia King…

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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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2019 Turkey Drive Challenge begins

For the past nine years, GrassROOTS has been providing necessary resources for families in need. This year, GrassROOTS will host #GiveThanks Turkey Giveaway events in Newark, New Jersey and Atlanta, Georgia.   Our New Jersey giving will go to residents of Newark. This includes students at Central High School and residents of Georgia King Village (GKV) in the West Ward of Newark.  GKV is a housing development in Newark, and home to a significant number of single, black mothers and their children. Almost…

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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 in Ghana

The work contributes. October 12-17 we continue the work to help #endperiodpoverty.   SuperGirl Ambassador Amina Anekwe will lead this initiative. We will visit four schools and donate 2500 sanitary napkins.   Each girl will get up to 3 months supply of resources including a book from SuperGirl Marley Dias’ #1000blackgirlbooks campaign.   Mrs. Alberta Ekar made each of the 500 reusable bags for the girls.     Also joining the trip is GrassROOTS President Dr. Janice Johnson Dias and…

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#WhatOrphansWant Update

The GrassROOTS Team traveled to Haiti on June 15th for the #WhatOrphansWant social action initiative by SuperGirl Olivia Raymond. The trip followed the What Orphans Want Benefit Concert just a week prior, which raised $12,000 to grant the wishes of youth in Haiti. $5,000 of the dollars raised was donated to Child Hope International, an orphanage located in Port-au-Prince. The remaining dollars were spent on granting the individual wishes of children at the Love in Action School in Guirand.  …

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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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Support #WhatOrphansWant

Join SuperGirl Olivia in granting the wishes of children in Haiti. Using the power of song, we are raising funds to help children in Haiti.   About this Event There are more than 32,000 orphaned youth living in Haiti, more than anywhere in North America, do not always get what they wish. Most of these children became orphans after the 2010 earthquake, placed in orphanages by their parents to keep them alive. Others are in orphanages because their family members…

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Annual SuperCamp and SuperGirls Society Scholarship Drive

Join GrassROOTS’ Annual SuperGirls Society Scholarship Drive to support our work of training black girl leaders in New Jersey & Philadelphia. Your generous donations make this work possible. Thank you for investing in the leaders of tomorrow TODAY!   SuperCamp: Summer Intensive Leadership Training Experience For the past 9 years, GrassROOTS Community Foundation has trained 60+ black girls at SuperCamp, the summer intensive leadership training program where our SuperGirls learn the foundation of becoming changemakers.     SuperCamp started with…

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