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BofA announces $450,000 in Grant Funding to Jumpstart Atlanta economy & Honor Local Heroes TONIGHT
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Atlanta, GA--  As part of an ongoing effort to stimulate economic vitality in Atlanta and in communities across the nation, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced $450,000 in flexible funding and leadership training to local metro Atlanta nonprofits through its Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, bringing the bank’s total commitment in Atlanta through the program to $3.15 million since 2004.

The initiative continues to help hundreds of the nation’s most impactful nonprofits improve their long-term viability and bolster leadership strength, retain and hire new staff, and extend the depth and reach of their services – capabilities that are integral to community revitalization and critical in the current economy when nonprofit funding is down and demand for services is up.

Atlanta Victim Assistance, Inc., an organization providing on-site crisis intervention and support services for crime victims in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department, and the Georgia Justice Project, a free legal and social services program that supports the indigent criminally accused and their families rebuild productive lives, have been named 2010 Metro Atlanta Neighborhood Builders®, the nonprofit category of the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. The organizations, headquartered in downtown Atlanta, will each receive $200,000 in unrestricted grant funding and participate in Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Leadership Program® with other nonprofit leaders from 44 communities across the country

Local Heroes contribute significantly to the health of their neighborhood through volunteer service and civic engagement. With this recognition, they will direct a $5,000 donation from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to an eligible nonprofit of their choice. 2010 Metro Atlanta Local Heroes are:

  • Mackenzie Bearup, of Alpharetta, Ga., will direct her grant to Sheltering Books.
  • Lucy Hall-Gainer, of Sandy Springs, GA, will direct her grant to Mary Hall Freedom House.
  • Etienne LeGrand, of Atlanta, GA, will direct her grant to W.E.B. DuBois Society.
  • Hussien Mohamed, of Clarkston, Ga., will direct his grant to Sagal Radio Services.
  • Gene Stelten, of Roswell, GA, will direct his grant to Habitat for Humanity—North Central Georgia.

Student Leaders, who are exemplary teens with a passion for improving their communities, participated in paid, eight-week internships at the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta this summer (at the height of the teen unemployment rate) and gathered in Washington, D.C. for a weeklong summit to learn how service creates positive change in communities and to gain tools and resources to help them continue to make a difference in their local communities. 2010 Metro Atlanta Student Leaders are:

  • Brienné Coates, of Douglasville, is a recent graduate of South Paulding High School and is attending Spellman University.
  • Maurice Coley, of Stone Mountain, is a recent graduate of Stephenson High School and is attending Clark Atlanta University.
  • Ryan Ernestes, of Holly Springs, is a recent graduate of The Walker School and is attending Furman University.
  • Elaine Li, of Cumming, is a senior at South Forsyth High School.
  • Amber Mann, of Stone Mountain, is a recent graduate of Redan High School and is attending Georgia Southern University.

All 2010 metro Atlanta recipients will be honored at an event this fall.

WHEN:                      October 28, 2010

WHERE:                    Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road

TIME:                                     6 p.m.                                 

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