The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation announced on Wednesday that it is awarding more than $ 1 million in grants to organizations that work with communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and social injustice.

"Our nonprofit partners are on site and doing significant work to uplift neglected communities," said Chaitali Gala Mehta, chief operating officer of the Foundation to Support Angelenos in Urgent Need. Our commitment to investing in local nonprofits continues at a time when every dollar counts. "

The grants include:
– $ 500,000 to The ALLIANCE – Play Equity Fund to advocate social justice, eradicate inequalities, and take action to end racial inequality;
– US $ 20,000 to Minds Matter LA to support college access and success programming for 140 high-performing, dedicated students who are facing significant barriers to educational success;
– US $ 20,000 to Teach for America LA to support 190+ Corps instructors who distance learning affect more than 40,000 youth;
– US $ 20,000 to Students Run LA (and The Civics Center) in support of civic engagement through voter registration for 3,000 students and their communities;
– $ 15,000 to Great Public Schools Now – One Family LA – to provide direct monetary aid to basic needs to 40 families struggling with COVID-19.
– US $ 15,000 to the New Earth Organization in support of youth re-entry, educational programs and all-round services for 100 underserved young people aged 13-25;
– US $ 15,000 for Exceptional Families to help Up4Youth care for 100 vulnerable current and former foster teenagers in their critical transition to adulthood and self-sufficiency;
– US $ 15,000 for LA Family Housing to provide food, clothing, and basic necessities to 400 homeless families;
– $ 10,500 to the Not Impossible Foundation – Hunger Not Impossible – to provide 1,500 meals to Dodgers Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) families in Compton who are suffering from food insecurity;
– US $ 10,000 to McKinley Children's Center to provide devices such as Chromebooks and educational licenses to 160 abused, abandoned, and neglected youth through distance learning and all-round service;
– $ 10,000 for Kershaw's Challenge (and the Dream Center) to provide backpacks, school supplies, and essentials to 3,700 children. The organization was founded by Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen.

According to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, organizations such as the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Brotherhood Crusade, My Friend & # 39; s Place, Baby2Baby, and the Library Foundation in Los Angeles have received almost $ 100,000 in immediate COVID-19 relief funds .

The foundation has invested more than $ 30 million in programs and grants for nonprofit organizations since 1995. Fund raising has increased 1,000% since 2012.

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