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Racial equity program gives $175K to nonprofits

The Long Island Racial Equity Donor Collaborative at the Long Island Community Foundation has approved $175,000 in planning grants to seven nonprofits advancing racial equity by increasing access to living-wage jobs and improving financial wellness.

Launched in 2018, the Long Island Racial Equity Donor Collaborative is focused on strengthening community-based efforts to create economic opportunities among Black residents, enabling them to make meaningful contributions to their families and communities, according to an organization statement.

Among the nonprofits receiving $25,000 grants are the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center for its career training program; Choice for All, which is planning to open financial empowerment centers in Roosevelt and Wyandanch; Family Community Life Center for developing a pipeline to quality jobs for underserved Black individuals in Riverhead and neighboring districts; the Leadership Training Institute for improving the Hempstead Workforce Re-Entry Task Force program; New Hour for Women and Children of Long Island to develop programming and train staff to provide financial counseling, coaching and credit for criminal justice-involved women; Urban League of Long Island to launch its Employment Equity via Job Access Program; and the Women’s Diversity Network to develop its Career Mentorship Program.

“We are excited to amplify the extraordinary work being done by these community organizations on Long Island and provide capacity-building assistance to support them in making change happen,” a spokesperson for the Long Island Community Foundation said in the statement.

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