The Invest in Others Grant Program was introduced in late 2018 with the goal of funding specific programs or projects for nonprofits that financial advisors give back to. Several applications were received and recipients were selected based the impact the grant would have on the nonprofit and the community it serves. Below are the three nonprofits that received funding and the programs they will be using it for.
Angel Street – $4,250 Secured by Michael Deutsch of United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC
Angel Street mentors girls by providing musical training in communities with limited artistic resources. The program is available to girls ages 8-18 from several schools in the North Memphis community. Angel Street will be using the Invest in Others grant towards their Health & Hygiene Program. Students go directly to Angel Street after school, and many were arriving hungry and thirsty. The Health & Hygiene Program was created to address this need. Being able to provide after school programming with a meal insures that their students will not go hungry on days they are in Angel Street’s care. Over the past year program attendance has doubled and this additional funding from Invest in Others will assist their ability to take on more children.
The Barnett Searing National Cancer Foundation – $4,500 Secured by John Searing of The Searing Dickson Team of Merrill Lynch
The Barnett Searing National Cancer Foundation was co-founded by John Searing after the passing of his sister in 1995. The foundation’s goal was to create a charity where followers and supporters could improve the quality of life for female cancer patients. They do so by providing unexpected acts of kindness to patients of all ages and the loved ones who care for them. The Barnett Searing National Cancer Foundation plans to use the Invest in Others grant towards their Smile Kit Project. The Smile Kits include comforting items such as cozy blankets, adult coloring books useful in therapy, and lip balm to soothe dry lips during chemotherapy. With a grant of $4,500 they are able to provide 150 kits to women in need.
Youth Villages – $3,720 Secured by Michael Lewis of Sentinel Benefits and Financial Group
Youth Villages is dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. They help over 25,000 children and families each year in 13 states and Washington, D.C., through a wide array of programs, including intensive in-home services, residential treatment, foster care and adoption, transitional living services, mentoring and crisis services. Youth Villages plans to use the Invest in Others Grant towards job prep training for young adults in their YVLifeSet Program. This program will provide them the opportunity to develop professional skills to gain employment in order to successfully transition to adulthood. They do this by matching young adults with job coaches as well as providing a seven-week course covering information related to job application process, professionalism, resume writing, interviewing skills, and more.