The thinking behind Bank of America’s grant program is “our non-profits have not only risen to meet the everyday needs of the community, but also to meet the increased, urgent demands brought on by the pandemic.”
To support the company’s appreciation and support of non-profits, it has awarded more than $1.5M to 36 Dallas-Fort Worth area non-profits dealing with education, essential healthcare, workforce and leadership development, homelessness prevention and food insecurity.
According to Bank of America Dallas President Jennifer Chandler, “The non-profit community across DFW is working to address ever increasing, urgent needs. Bank of America is committed to supporting local organizations that are moving our community forward and going above and beyond to serve our most vulnerable. We are so appreciative of the work our non-profit partners are doing to fulfill basic needs and advance economic opportunity.”
The 36 area non-profits include Best Buddies International, Big Thought, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas Inc., Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County, Bridge Steps (The Bridge Homeless Recovery), Café Momentum, Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth, Center for Transforming Lives, Cristo Rey Dallas High School Inc., Cristo Rey Fort Worth Corporate Work Study, Crossroads Community Services Inc., Dallas Works, Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE), Hope Farm Inc., Hopes Door New Beginning Center, Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas Inc., Meals on Wheels Collin County, Meals on Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County, Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, My Possibilities, Network of Community Ministries, NPower Inc., Paul Quinn College, Plano Improvement Corporation, Presbyterian Night Shelter of Tarrant County, Samaritan Inn Inc., State Fair of Texas, The Arlington Life Center, The Concilio, The Ladder Alliance Inc., The Salvation Army, Trinity Park Conservancy, United Way of Tarrant County, Visiting Nurse Association of Texas, W I Cook Foundation (Cook Children’s) and Year Up Inc.
How will the funds be used? For just one example, the State Fair will use its funding to support its Big Tex Urban Farms that “connects like-minded agriculture entities and produce fresh produce to organizations focused on hunger and healthy lifestyle programs.” In 2020, Big Tex Urban Farms provided 295,757 servings of produce totaling 26,183 pounds. Already this year it’s provided 94,918 servings (9,021 pounds of produce).