HOPEFORYOU I BELIEVE GRANT
AURORA BLACK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION understands that the Black and other minority communities play an essential role in the economy, but in comparison to other cultures, many struggle with financial wellness. In Aurora, a wealthy community, we have many struggling to find an opportunity to come out of their circumstances and get ahead. This grant is designed to eradicate financial gaps, and when you support ABC you make program like this possible.
I'm the president of ABC and here is my story. In 1998, and a new immigrant without a supportive family, I barely scraped to find bus fair from Dufferin and King to my job interview with St. Stephen's on Bathurst and St. Clair. The bus driver was kind enough to take what I had. After the interview, a lady from Stephen's Employment Centre (through George Brown College), whose name I only remember as Rita, gave me $100 and 10 TTC bus tickets to start my first Job at a call Centre, until I get my first paycheque. That's where my journey of hope began. She believed in me and sow into my future. I continue to give others the opportunity of hope that she gave me.
HOPEFORYOU I BELIEVE GRANT (HIBG), $1000 is awarded to 2 person yearly during our Black History Month celebration. It is designed to help newcomers or anyone between the ages of 25 and 45, who just need someone to believe in them and give them some support. In addition, successful recipients will be provided with six months of mentorship, training, and resources until they are on their feet.
Two applications are selected yearly!