The Access Grant will help local nonprofits dismantle systemic racism and achieve equity in social and economic mobility.
HARTFORD, Connecticut – The Hartford Foundation’s mission is to improve life and boost morale in the greater Hartford area by giving to communities in need.
Megan Burke, director of community impact grants, said the foundation achieves this through its Access Grant.
“We recognize that black and brown people have faced structural racism, and we want to do what we can to address it,” Burke explained.
The Hartford Foundation has provided several nonprofit organizations with more than $ 600,000 in grants to dismantle systemic racism and achieve equity in social and economic mobility.
“We want to meet those immediate needs and take a longer term perspective trying to make sure all of greater Hartford has opportunities,” said Burke.
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One of the grant recipients, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford, works to help adults with low literacy skills acquire the language, digital and work skills needed to enter the workforce. Deputy Director Stephan Morris said it is a vital resource in the community to keep moving forward.
“The vast majority of our students are in the minority, and it is sad that Hartford, as a city, has such a high unemployment rate, above the state unemployment average,” Morris said.
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He said the grant would support his career path program.
“With the program, we are working with our students to create resumes, do interview mockups, and develop these skills.”
Morris said it was about bridging a much needed gap in Hartford and providing access to opportunities.
“This is kind of the reason why we exist to help not only change the level of literacy, but also the level of unemployment, because the two go hand in hand.
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Another recipient is Ebony Horsewoman. President, Founder and CEO Patricia Kelly said the grant would create growth in a unique way.
“This will allow us to continue this attempt to train professionals and mental health professionals in the modality of horse-assisted psychotherapy,” said Kelly.
Horse-assisted psychotherapy is a non-traditional approach to getting to the root of trauma through work and interactions with horses.
Kelly said that Ebony Horsewoman is the only organization in the country to offer this form of therapy in an urban center; That is why she said there was a strong emphasis on cultural competence to better serve the BIPOC community.
“You have to understand the culture to which you are providing the service, otherwise it can be detrimental. ”
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