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Pontiac-based Grace Centers of Hope raises $99,000 in donations; United Way announces Racial Equity Fund grants – The Oakland Press

Grace Centers of Hope, based in Pontiac, announced that it raised more than $99,000 in community donations during a recent fundraising campaign.

Fundraising efforts were aided by a $10,000 matching grant challenge from Madison Heights-based CAPS Remodeling held in May. This is the second year that CAPS has helped raise funds for the Pontiac-based nonprofit, according to a press release.

CAPS renovation is a home renovation company that provides accessible renovation solutions and durable medical equipment for people with reduced mobility.

Grace Centers of Hope is funded solely by corporations and private donors. Funds raised support the non-profit organization’s homelessness and life skills education programs for men, women and children that provide food, shelter, clothing and the development of Professional skills.

For more information, visit gracecenterofhope.org.

United Way Announces Second Round of Racial Equity Fund Grants

United Way for Southeast Michigan recently announced the recipients of the second round of Racial Equity Fund grants.

Recent recipients include HAVEN, the Clarence Phillips Ascend Organization and FORGOT (Friends of Royal Oak Twp., Inc.).

The Racial Equity Fund is a new United Way initiative to provide financial support and technical assistance to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations through microgrants.

Grant amounts range between $10,000 and $75,000 and are designed to support diverse leadership and provide equitable access to resources and opportunities in the community, according to a press release.

United Way previously allocated $570,000 to the Racial Equity Fund, and this additional funding brings total support to date to nearly $1 million.

In addition to HAVEN, Clarence Phillips Ascend Organization and FORGOT, newly funded organizations include: Black Leaders Detroit; Black to the Land Coalition, Redford; Caught up, Detroit; Chaldean Community Foundation, Sterling Heights; Commonwealth of Faith, Redford and JOURNi, Detroit.

Two Pontiac organizations — E-Community Outreach Services and Pontiac Community Foundation — were among the first set of recipients, announced in February.

For more information, visit unitedwaysem.org/about-us/equity-and-inclusion.