HAVEN, the Pontiac-based nonprofit organization that has provided shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programs to nearly 30,000 annual victims of domestic violence, is one of more than 65 organizations in the Greater Montreal area. Detroit receiving funding from Bank of America.
On November 18, Bank of America celebrated its annual “Day of Giving” to help better understand how partners in the region deliver and advance economic mobility and racial equality.
The bank and its foundation have committed more than $ 6 million in grants this year, helping employment and skills training, supporting community development and housing affordability, addressing the small business ecosystem and providing innovative healthcare delivery.
“The lingering problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have threatened the physical and economic health of many in our community,” said Matt Elliott, president of Bank of America Michigan. “We are enthusiastically pursuing innovative pathways to these results, and we are proud to support the people and programs dedicated to building strong, resilient communities and thriving neighborhoods.” “
Bank of America has invested in HAVEN in the past, according to Aimee Nimeh, president and CEO of HAVEN.
She said HAVEN requested $ 200,000 over a two-year period last spring. The proposal was submitted in May and was awarded in October.
The funding is intended to be used in two ways.
“Overall, this funding will help us continue to provide our vital services through our general operating funds,” Nimeh told The Oakland Press. “We also plan to use some of the funding specifically in our prevention program to invest more deeply in community outreach.”
She said the funding would do more to ensure that HAVEN meets the needs of the community, especially those who have historically faced barriers to obtaining services.
“We want to continue to build bridges between the various individuals, families and systems that exist in Oakland County so that we can ensure that HAVEN’s prevention services and programs are accessible and responsive to those who need them,” she declared.
The funding comes with the title of “neighborhood builder” for 2021. Nimeh called it “an honor,” adding that it provides an opportunity to learn from other organizations making strides in the area of development. equity, accessibility and excellence of services across the country.
Other organizations that receive funds include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan, Eastern Market Corporation, Forgotten Harvest, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Lighthouse of Oakland County, Teach For America, and Chaldean American Ladies of Charity.