Bank of America announced two local organizations earned Neighborhood Builder Grants earlier this fall.
The grants, worth $200,000 over two years, provide extensive leadership training for area nonprofits. In 2023, the 19th year the bank awarded these grants, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and Emergency Food Network earned the honors.
“We focus on economic stability and mobility and trying to serve our community while serving our financial clients,” Morehead said.
The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle empowers African Americans and underserved communities through advocacy and civic engagement, education, housing, public health, entrepreneurship, and workforce development programs in Seattle and King County.
“We’re just so excited and thrilled that Bank of America is working with us and allowing us to expand our work,” said Michelle Merriweather, president and CEO of Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. “Much of our work will focus on not only preparing future homeowners but also developing affordable housing, so we’re excited about this funding.”
Emergency Food Network (EFN) is the sole nonprofit food distributor in Pierce County, serving more than 75 food pantries and hot meal sites, providing more than 12.2 million meals annually.
“Emergency food is at a critical point right now,” said Michelle Douglas, CEO of EFN. “We’ve seen a 30% increase this year and higher numbers than even in the height of the COVID pandemic. So, supporting our organization is critical and crucial at this juncture.”