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(November 13, 2019 by Holly Quinn, Technical.ly Delaware) This editorial article is a part of Technical.ly's Workforce Development Month of our editorial calendar. The bank, which announced a Delaware hiring push in April, currently has 75+ open positions in the First State. ITWorks, the free 16-week IT training program for young adults without a college degree, is getting a $10,000 grant from M&T Bank, formalized with a check presentation on Nov. 14 at Delaware College of Art and Design.
The program was started in 2011 by Philadelphia by nonprofit Tech Impact, with a launch in Delaware ITWorks in 2012 with the help of the United Way.
M&T Bank’s grant to ITWorks aligns with the company’s recent commitment to workforce development in Delaware, including an announced hiring push in April, which opened about 200 positions in its Wilmington Plaza location. The bank currently has more than 75 jobs open in the First State.
“We want M&T to be a compelling destination for talented, innovative, tech-savvy people,” said M&T Chief Information Officer Michael Wisler in June. “We’ve recently renovated our workspaces into more engaging, open and collaborative environments with the best technology, standing desks and comfortable lounges, giving people much more choice and control over where they work during the day. We’re also doing more to support our local colleges and universities, as well as the startup community, which help make our communities destinations for people seeking opportunity.”
The 18 graduates of ITWorks’ spring 2019 session in June heard a keynote from Technically Media CEO Christopher Wink where he asked employers to consider young paid interns and apprentices like the ones the programs trains. All of the graduates of that cohort landed internships, and, in some cases, jobs, at companies including WSFS, Christiana Care, CAI and the State of Delaware Department of Technology and Information.
Screening for the next session of ITWorks will begin in December, with classes starting in February or March. Applicants must be age 18 to 26, with a high school diploma or equivalent, no bachelor’s degree, availability from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for 16 weeks, and an interest in tech. Click here for more information.
For more information about volunteering as an ITWorks mentor, or if you’re interested in providing an internship for an ITWorks student, click here.
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(November 6, 2019 by Cape Gazette) Katie Johnson, DO, was honored with Beebe Medical Foundation’s 2019 Philanthropy Award during the annual Beebe medical staff new provider reception Oct. 3 at Fairfield Inn and Suites. The Philanthropy Award is presented each year to a Beebe medical staff member who embodies the spirit of giving and has been recognized by a grateful patient through the Celebrate Excellent Care program.
(Photo source: Beebe Medical Foundation Philanthropy Award attendees shown are (l-r) Judy Aliquo, foundation president and CEO; recipient Katie Johnson, DO, medical director of palliative care; and Tom Protack, foundation vice president.)
During the event, Beebe also celebrated the 61 providers on staff who were named Top Docs by Delaware Today, along with honoring the new providers who joined the medical staff this past year.
Johnson is medical director of palliative care at Beebe Healthcare. She has also contributed to the I Believe in Beebe Campaign and is a 1916 Club member, which is a group of donors who have given at least $1,916 annually through Beebe Medical Foundation.
“Dr. Johnson sets an example with her compassionate care and extraordinary commitment to the community,” said Judy Aliquo, Beebe Medical Foundation president and CEO. “She is a Beebe believer. She is a proud member of the 1916 Club and has contributed generously to the I Believe in Beebe Campaign. Her work makes an impact on family lives throughout Sussex County.”
As medical director of the palliative care team, Johnson and her team focus on connecting patients and families with resources so the highest quality of life is achieved while preparing for the future.
Johnson and Kiernan Quay, NP, recently highlighted their work during the Post-Acute Care eBrite state forum. The team identified high-risk patients, and worked on engaging and educating primary care physicians about the outpatient and palliative care clinic resources in Sussex County.
“I am so lucky to be able to work at Beebe and provide palliative care services to our hospital and our community,” said Johnson. “It is rare now to belong to a small community hospital, and the Beebe Medical Foundation is proof that giving can go a long way. Philanthropy is an important part of our family, and we are proud members of the foundation’s 1916 Club and other fundraising efforts. I look forward to continuing our partnership and am humbled by this award.”
To learn more about Beebe Healthcare’s advanced illness planning or how to get a patient referred, call 302-645-3150.
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(November 4, 2019 by Delaware News Desk, Dover Post) Thirty-nine Kent and Sussex County high school seniors and juniors will experience the triumphs and challenges of being philanthropists this year through the Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board.
Like their counterpart in New Castle County, the Kent and Sussex County YPBs include students from public, private and parochial schools. The DCF gives the Kent and Sussex County student boards $10,000 each to award to local charities. The students work together to choose a focus area, solicit and review grant applications, conduct site visits and decide how to distribute the money to have the greatest impact.
Grant applications will be available at delcf.org/grants in early December and will be due in January 2020.
“The Youth Philanthropy Board program does more than give kids the chance to make a difference,” said DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. “It gets them out into the community to experience firsthand the impact their work has on people’s lives.”
This year’s Kent County YPB participants are Brianna Altidor, senior, St. Thomas More; Charles Washington, IV, junior, Calvary Christian; Christie Mele, senior, Milford; Hawwa Ahmad-Statts, junior, Lake Forest; Selena Washington, senior, Calvary Christian; Allison Benton, junior, Milford; Rachel Taylor, senior, Lake Forest; Julia Brown, junior, Smyrna; Micaela Maxwell, senior, Caesar Rodney; Sophia Demarco, junior, Smyrna; Mia Davis, senior, Smyrna; Madison Kibler, junior, Polytech; Sydne Jenkins, junior, Caesar Rodney; Maddy Zeno, junior, Dover; Conner Cooper, senior, Caesar Rodney; Kaitlyn Crowe, senior, Dover; Nicholas Relova, junior, St. Thomas More; and Ruth Bermudez-Roman, junior, Polytech.
This year’s Sussex County YPB participants are Sophia Ludt, junior, Worcester Prep; Emma Evan, junior, Sussex Central High School; Molly Martiner, senior, Sussex Academy; Adam Meacci, junior, Cape Henlopen High School; Camden Keeler, junior, Sussex Central High School; Daniel Koval, junior, Delmar High School; Kara Shallis, senior, Sussex Tech; Alastornia Swift, junior, Woodbridge High School; Shannon O’Hara, senior, Sussex Tech; Nick Phillips, junior, Seaford High School; Maddie Betts, senior, Cape Henlopen High School; Marley Fishburn, senior, Seaford High School; Kathryn Marini, senior, Worcester Prep; Danielle Morelli, senior, Delmar High School; Kaylee Hall, senior, Indian River School; Macee Turnbaugh, junior, Laurel High School; Sarai Vicente, junior, Indian River High School; Taylor Dade, senior, Cape Henlopen High School; Noah Rimmer, senior, Delmarva Christian Academy; Leah Schlabach, junior, Delmarva Christian Academy; and Alex Reyes, senior, Sussex Academy.
For more, visit delcf.org or call 571-8004.
(November 4, 2019 by Business Wire, Associated Press) With millions of Americans wrestling with financial insecurity, the Wells Fargo Foundation today announced $5.4 million in grants to nine organizations that help struggling households manage their finances, reduce debt, improve credit and gain access to other life-changing economic opportunities.
The nonprofits will develop and scale new approaches to improving financial health through collaboration with healthcare agencies, homeless shelters and others across the public and private sectors. Emphasis is on integrating financial coaching, and asset-building strategies into the delivery of existing social services that meet the complex needs of underserved communities.
“A disproportionate number of low-income households, and other vulnerable populations are living in the shadows and struggling to build savings,” said Brandee McHale, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “Given the magnitude of this problem, and the growing wealth divide, we can help more people reach their full potential by embedding financial counseling and other support into places where people already are — whether it’s at the doctor’s office, a library or in a shelter.”
The $5.4 million in grants are part of Wells Fargo’s philanthropic strategy, which focuses on solving three societal challenges: housing affordability, financial health and small business growth. The grants fall into three main categories: financial training, income tax assistance, and savings and credit building.
Wells Fargo awarded $3 million in grants to five nonprofits taking new approaches to building the financial skills of underserved consumers, including increased access to financial coaching, and products and services that support their financial health:
Income tax assistance
The federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax preparation services to working families with low-to-moderate incomes, helping them access tax credits and refunds that they depend on for household necessities, debt repayment or savings. The Wells Fargo Foundation awarded two nonprofits a total of $1 million in grants to increase the capacity of VITA programs and reach more taxpayers in need:
Savings and credit building
Approximately 25 percent of U.S. households are considered unbanked or underbanked (FDIC, 2017 National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households), which means they don’t have a bank account or have to rely on financial products and services that often have high fees. The Wells Fargo Foundation awarded grants to three nonprofits helping traditionally underserved communities access low-cost financial products that build credit, savings and emergency funds:
About Wells Fargo
Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,500 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com). With approximately 261,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. With its corporate philanthropy, Wells Fargo aims to pave a path to stability and financial success for underserved communities by focusing on housing affordability, small business growth, and financial health, among other local community needs. In 2018, Wells Fargo donated $444 million to nearly 11,000 nonprofits. For 10 consecutive years, Wells Fargo has held the honor of No. 1 in workplace giving by United Way Worldwide. Wells Fargo team members also actively support communities by donating more than 2 million hours of volunteer time in the last year. News, insights and more information on the company’s overall corporate responsibility are available at Wells Fargo Stories and www.wellsfargo.com/impact.
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(November 4, 2019 by BUSINESS WIRE) The Sallie Mae Fund, the charitable arm of Sallie Mae®, reinforced its commitment to building prosperous futures through a $150,000 grant to Year Up Wilmington. The contribution, presented during a ceremony at Wilmington University in New Castle, will support the non-profit’s workforce development programs for local young adults.
Click here to view the full release. Cinitae Savage, Year Up intern, Sallie Mae (L); Rysheema Dixon, member at-large, Wilmington City Council; Hassan Charles, executive director Year Up Greater Philadelphia and Wilmington; Bonnie Rumbold, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Sallie Mae; Lexus Banton, Year Up intern, Sallie Mae (R) celebrate Year Up's workforce development programs with a $150,000 check presentation held at Wilmington University. (Photo: Business Wire)
In attendance at the event were leadership and employees from both Sallie Mae and Year Up Wilmington, including Bonnie Rumbold, senior vice president, chief human resources officer, Sallie Mae, and Hassan Charles, executive director, Year Up Greater Philadelphia and Wilmington, and more than 60 Year Up students.
“There are over 5 million young adults in the U.S., ages 18-24, who are disconnected from employment and education due to socio-economic inequities. Meanwhile, America’s employers face a real and growing need for talent. Our mission is to close the opportunity divide by empowering young adults and connecting them to promising positions that businesses, like Sallie Mae, are trying to fill,” said Hassan Charles, executive director, Year Up Greater Philadelphia and Wilmington. “We are grateful for Sallie Mae’s continued support to move opportunity youth into living wages and meaningful careers.”
Year Up Wilmington offers coaching and hands-on skill development programs for 18-24-year-olds. Year Up’s training, internships, and partnership with Wilmington University have enabled hundreds of young adults to kickstart their careers. Eighty percent of the program’s graduates are employed or enrolled in postsecondary education within four months of completing the program.
“Year Up Wilmington is an invaluable resource, both for students and businesses in Delaware,” said Bonnie Rumbold, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Sallie Mae, and Year Up board member. “Tapping into their strong pipeline of talent, we’ve hired several employees through this program. We’re proud to work together to empower the community’s young adults with a pathway to achieve their professional and personal dreams.”
Through its partnership with Year Up, Sallie Mae has offered paid internships and career opportunities to Year Up program graduates. In addition, Rumbold was recently honored with the Corporate Champion Award from Year Up Wilmington.
Since 2014, The Sallie Mae Fund has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to non-profit organizations in the communities in which its employees live and work. For more information about Sallie Mae’s efforts in the community, visit SallieMae.com.
The Sallie Mae Fund, the charitable arm of Sallie Mae, expands pathways for the successful development of youth, works to open doors to higher education, and supports employee volunteerism and communities, including those where Sallie Mae employees live and work. Since 2014 alone, it has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations.
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(October 30, 2019 by Business Wire)--BJ's Wholesale Club (NYSE: BJ), a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States, today announced a $1 million donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation to Feeding America®, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The donation is part of the retailer’s company-wide initiative that is working to end hunger in partnership with the Feeding America network of food banks.
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“BJ’s is dedicated to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive by providing access to basic essentials including fresh, nutritious food,” said Kirk Saville, executive director, BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “We’re thrilled to donate $1 million to Feeding America to improve access to quality food and invest in long-term solutions for hunger relief. This grant will support innovative new models that will help us reach food insecure families in the future and complements our retail food rescue program that donates millions of meals every year.”
As part of BJ’s $1 million donation, the company is awarding grants to ten Feeding America member food banks for programs that support direct food access in the Eastern United States, concentrating on the School Pantry Program and mobile pantries. Additional grants will go towards piloting new solutions to improve food access for families. Feeding America will also receive a grant for research, which will support program evaluation and local data collection to better understand the individuals served by food banks.
According to the USDA, one in nine people in the United States is food insecure. Through programs like mobile and School Pantries, the Feeding America network operates programs that expand access to fresh, nutritious meals in order to put food on families’ tables.
“Feeding America is grateful to the BJ’s Charitable Foundation for its investment in existing and forward-thinking solutions that will help more communities fight hunger,” said Andy Wilson, Chief Development Officer at Feeding America. “Millions of people face hunger in communities across the country and Feeding America member food banks are on the ground supporting our neighbors in need. This generous donation will help food banks provide more meals to people who need it most.”
BJ’s grant marks the third yearly $1 million donation to the Feeding America network from the BJ's Charitable Foundation. Since 2011, BJ's has provided ongoing support to the Feeding America network through the BJ's Charitable Foundation and BJ's Feeding Communities program, helping local food banks successfully expand their programs to reach wider audiences.
BJ’s Feeding Communities program is a food rescue partnership, where the company donates all unsold produce to Feeding America member food banks in its footprint, helping to get wholesome food onto the plates of more families. To date, BJ’s has donated more than 98 million pounds of food including meat, produce, dairy and bakery items – which is equal to more than 80 million meals* – to Feeding America member food banks.
To learn more about the BJ's Wholesale Club, visit BJs.com.
*Based on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, a meal is equal to 1.2 pounds of food and grocery product.
About BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's is a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 217 clubs and 144 BJ's Gas® locations in 16 states.
The Company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BJ).
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
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(November 1, 2019 by Holly Quinn, Technical.ly Delaware) Swim with the Sharks, the New Castle County Emerging Enterprise Center’s annual pitch competition, selected the social venture WilmInvest as its 2019 winner at its November 1 final round at Harry’s Savoy Grill in Wilmington.
WilmInvest impressed the judges — Keith Ellison of the Urban League of Philadelphia Entrepreneurship Center, Holly Flanagan of Gabriel Investments, Mark Olazagasti of Info Solutions and Dr. Sumedh Surwade of SAS Nanotechnologies —with a pitch that included a successful pilot application of the model. The venture acquires vacant and renovates vacant properties, then helps place houseless families in the homes under WilmInvest management.
The pilot involved three houses in Wilmington’s Riverside neighborhood that now house three families who receive assistance from WilmInvest and partners to help them become homeowners.
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With the $10,000 cash prize, funded by NCC Innovates, Harvard Business Services and The Williams Law Firm, cofounders Joel Amin and Bryce Fender, both graduates of University of Delaware’s Lerner College, intend to renovate two more properties on Heald Street in Wilmington this year. That will bring the number of properties to five, with a goal of 12 by 2021.
In addition to the cash prize, WilmInvest will receive a six-month membership at the Emerging Enterprise Center’s Virtual Incubator, a premium marketing package from the NCCo Chamber of Commerce, an Incorporation Formation Package from Harvard Business Services and one-year memberships with World Trade Center Delaware and the NCCo Chamber of Commerce.
Four startups competed in the final round, which were picked out of an initial pool of 18 submissions. The other finalists were:
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(October 14, 2019 by Delaware.Gov - Delaware News) Delaware will expand its supports for children who have experienced academic, social, and behavioral health challenges as a result of exposure to trauma and toxic stress thanks to a new federal grant. Governor John Carney announced on Monday that Delaware will receive almost $7.5 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Education’s Trauma Recovery Demonstration Project Grant Program. Delaware’s project aims to strengthen collaborations among families, schools and mental health service providers.
“We know that many Delaware children arrive at school each day with their own unique challenges. In many cases, that includes exposure to trauma,” said Governor Carney. “It’s our job to help those children cope with the effects of trauma, so they can focus on learning in the classroom. This grant will help us connect families, school leaders, and health providers to make sure that Delaware children are receiving the best services possible.”
Through the grant, the Delaware Department of Education will:
This new grant will build upon work already underway in the First State to support trauma-informed practices in schools, state agencies and other providers across Delaware. “We must support parents and families in understanding mental health challenges and delivery systems so they can be informed consumers on behalf of their children,” said Susan Bunting, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education.
“We believe that this grant will have a significant positive impact on the learning outcomes of our students and will add to the evidence base around the effective trauma sensitive strategies in schools,” said Stephanie Ingram, President of the Delaware State Education Association. “The mental health and social services assistance provided by this grant will help in developing resilient, engaged, and academically successful students while also providing safe, stable, and supportive school environments.”
In October 2018, Governor Carney signed Executive Order 24, directing the Family Services Cabinet Council to help mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences and build resilience in children, adults and communities.
The Family Services Cabinet Council is working to identify gaps in available services along the prevention and early intervention-treatment continuum for children and their caregivers statewide. Its members also are charged with developing a comprehensive plan focused on early intervention for children and their caregivers exposed to adverse childhood experiences in order to help prevent abuse and neglect.
Governor Carney also worked with the General Assembly to pass a three-year, $75 million Opportunity Funding program that will support students from low-income families, and English learners. The Opportunity Funding package sets aside $15 million for additional mental health and reading supports in Delaware schools.
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(October 30, 2019 by Delaware Business Now) JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced a $4 million, three-year investment in Equitable Wilmington, a collaborative aimed at promoting growth in Wilmington’s West, East and Northeast neighborhoods. The collaborative includes Cinnaire Lending Corporation, True Access Capital and NCALL Loan Fund and will use the funds to support affordable housing development, small businesses and community facilities while addressing social determinants of health—including access to healthy foods, and health care facilities—through partnerships with the healthcare sector.
“We’re very proud to make this investment in Wilmington, a community that’s so important to JPMorgan Chase,” said Tom Horne, JPMorgan Chase market director for Delaware. “This city has been making meaningful progress but we know there’s still a lot of work to be done. We want to show up in a big way to help address the challenges and we’re excited about the great work that this collaborative will do.”
“We have worked hard in Delaware to support new affordable housing and small business development, and these investments in Equitable Wilmington will build on progress we’re seeing across our city,” said Gov. John Carney. “This is the kind of collaboration that can create real positive change in Delaware communities, and I want to thank everyone involved for their commitment to the City of Wilmington.”
Wilmington has one of the highest concentrations of poverty among small U.S. cities.
The award will provide the group the opportunity to create additional amenities and community facilities and increase affordable housing. To help tackle neighborhood issues, Equitable Wilmington will build the capacity of community-based organizations to:
“Our collaborative brings together a depth of expertise in community-led development and inclusive growth,” said Dionna J. Sargent, Wilmington Community Development Market Leader. “As a cohesive unit, we can make a significant concentrated effort and investment in economically marginalized communities that surround the Central Business District to address some of the social inequities that have long been in place.”
Wilmington has seen major investments in downtown and the riverfront but has troubled neighborhoods plagued by social ills that include gun violence.
Equitable Wilmington was selected by JPMorgan Chase for its annual Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) competition, which aims to spark collaboration among community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to tackle neighborhood-specific challenges. Equitable Wilmington’s proposal was one of seven U.S. communities selected this year out of 75 applications across 49 U.S. cities.
“Creating stronger and more prosperous neighborhoods is key to Wilmington’s current and future growth, and that’s why it’s a priority as important as improved public safety, said Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki. “The complexity of neighborhoods, however, requires continuous effort and support which is why today’s announcement is so encouraging and appreciated.”
JPMorgan Chase has extensive operations in northern Delaware.
Cinnaire is a non-profit financial partner that supports community and economic revitalization initiatives through creative investments, loans and development services. Since 1993, Cinnaire has invested $4.2 billion to develop 717 housing communities in 10 states, providing 47,000 affordable apartment homes for more than 100,000 individuals and families.
The NCALL Loan Fund is a nonprofit community development financial institution with a mission to provide innovative lending and services targeted to affordable housing and community development. Since 2004, the Loan Fund has deployed more than $138 million in financing on the Delmarva Peninsula, resulting in the development of more than 860 affordable housing units; 400 rooms with supportive living services; 575,000 square feet of community facilities and 132,000 square feet of mixed-use/commercial space.
True Access Capital is a community development financial institution based in Wilmington focused on driving community development and job growth by providing loans and technical assistance to underserved communities in Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania.True Access Capital’s role in the collaborative will be to lead the small business and economic development activities.
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(October 25, 2019 by Delaware State News) Even though Col. Benjamin Potter died almost 200 years ago, he continues to touch numerous lives in Delaware every day. Col. Potter (1769-1 843), the former owner of the Parson Thorne Mansion and farm in Milford, was not only a generous person, he also had a keen foresight that continues to help the economically underprivileged in Kent County today.
The CenDel Foundation and the Delaware Community Foundation, which administer funds from the Potter Trust — a gift left by Col. Potter — announced Thursday they have distributed more than $230,000 in grants to nonprofits this year focused on emergency housing, homelessness, hunger and health care during a luncheon at North Dover Elementary School.
The grant amounts ranged from $4,000 to $28,000.
This year’s Potter Trust grant recipients include: Food Bank of Delaware, Children’s Beach House, National Council on Agricultural Life & Labor Research Fund (NCALL), Communities in Schools, First State Community Action Agency, Peoples Place, Harry K Foundation, Milford Housing Development Corporation, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Catholic Charities, Caring Hearts Helping Hands and the YMCA.
Charlie Sterner, a former CenDel board member and current chair of the Potter Trust Grant Committee, said he is always taken aback by the legacy that was left by Col. Potter.
“Benjamin Potter, when he passed away, his will provided for a trust to be set up with the income from that trust to benefit underprivileged folks in Kent County,” Mr. Sterner said. “That’s where the funding comes from. The trust has several million dollars in it and the income from that trust that’s earned each year is distributed via these grants into the community to benefit underprivileged folks in our county. It’s been a huge benefit to those people that need it.”
Mr. Sterner said this year the Potter Trust received 27 applications requesting more than $800,000 in total requests.
However, the organization had only about $240,000 to distribute, which always makes the decisions on who receives the grants that much more difficult.
“Decisions are very difficult. There’s a lot of need out there,” said Mr. Sterner. “There’s a lot of good organizations that put requests in but we cannot fully fund or fund everyone each and every year. Those decisions are very difficult.
“There’s a lot of discussion and a lot of thought put in by the committee in arriving at the suggested grant awards.”
Once the committee comes up with suggested grant recipients, they have to be approved by the CenDel Board and also by the Delaware Community Foundation board, which provide oversight for the grants.
Jeremy Tucker, president of the CenDel Foundation, said the organization’s members are passionate about what they do.
“I am very proud to serve in this role,” he said. “It’s a wonderful organization that I think has made a huge difference in our community.
“Since our founding in 2008 we’ve been able to distribute approximately $3 million dollars in grants and funding to organizations and nonprofits across Kent County. It’s money that’s gone on to help so many people facing all sorts of issues.”
Michael DiPaolo, vice president for the Delaware Community Foundation in southern Delaware, is new to the Potter Trust but he is still amazed by what it accomplishes.
“Once I found out about the Potter Trust and the great work that it does in Kent County I was really excited that this gets to be a part of my job — helping people in Kent County to better their lives and help them through tough times,” Mr. DiPaolo said. “To think that we’re a part of something that’s been going on for 176 years, and will be going on 176 years from now, is pretty remarkable.”
Easing hunger pains
There was a reason that North Dover Elementary School was selected as the site of this year’s distribution of the Potter Trust.
Several students at the school are members of the Food Bank of Delaware’s Backpack Program, which received a $15,000 grant to fund North Dover’s Backpack Program, which provides meal items to food-insecure children from the school to take home for weekend nourishment.
Larry Haas, chief development director for the Food Bank of Delaware, said this is the inaugural year for the Backpack Program at North Dover.
“We’re very fortunate to have received a foundation grant to support our Backpack Program and it’s very cool to be here (at North Dover Elementary School) because this is actually the site of the Backpack Program,” he said.
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