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GiveThanks 2022

Give Thanks

GrassROOTS Community Foundation in partnership with Uzima Dance Fitness and Kindred The Family Soul are uniting once more to #GiveThanks.   TeamTia + TeamLisa + TeamAja + TeamJanice are united to = TeamGive.   Collaboratively, we are raising $20,000 to support girls, women and families in Newark, Philadelphia and Boston.   Funds raised will provide meals for elders and community members at Georgia King Village, Newark, NJ;  families in Philadelphia, PA who are food-insecure and domestic violence survivors in Boston, MA…

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Newark Giveback 3-24-21
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New Jersey Giveback

Since 2019, GrassROOTS members have provided over 100,000 sanitary napkins to thousands of girls in the US, Jamaica and Ghana—yet that is not enough.  This problem of punishing women for having their periods is ubiquitous across the globe. Yet 100 percent of the population requires that women menstruate. The hypocrisy is clear.   Within the US, the problem is compounded because of the sales tax placed on sanitary napkins. Of the 50 states the majority of states—more than half 37…

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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 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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GrassROOTS Community Foundation’s Think F.A.S.T.E.R Conference

It was held on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Essex County College in Newark, NJ. This one of a kind convening that brings together high school and college girls from New Jersey focuses on offering strategies for how girls can succeed in Finance, Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering and Research.   Girl participants had an opportunity to meet with high-level executives from each of these fields. Each of these women investor has been specifically selected because their narratives mirror the girls we…

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SuperCamp application for girls 1st-8th grade is now open (Summer 2018)

The same camp that trained SuperGirl Marley Dias is now accepting applicants. Applications for our leadership development program are open. If you live in the City of Philadelphia and Essex County, New Jersey, you are eligible to apply for our SuperGirlsSociety (SGS).  SGS is a family-based yearlong leadership development program that works with black girls (1st thru 8th grade) and their caregiving circle. This unique association provides public health and social action programming with an emphasis on sisterhood and service.…

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Give Thanks for Girls Benefit Gala 2017 – Video

The purpose of the Give Thanks for Girls Benefit Gala honors black girls who have demonstrated through their actions in the community high levels of integrity, academic excellence and ingenuity.   Proceeds from the event goes to supporting the GrassROOTS Community Foundation efforts in developing girl changemakers.   This year’s national honorees are: Marsai Martin of ABC’s Black-ish;, Haile Thomas, The Happy Organization and Mikaila Ulmer, Me and The Bees Lemonade.   Click HERE for full details

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Join Our 2017 Turkey Challenge

For the past seven years, GrassROOTS has been providing necessary resources for Newark, the West Ward neighborhood and the over 1,000 families living at Georgia King Village, a housing development in Newark, and home to a significant number of single, black mothers and their children. Almost 30 percent of Newark’s residents live below the US poverty threshold and 1 in 5 residents of Essex County are food insecure. This year we have partnered with the City of Newark and the…

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