New hope on the horizon for non-profits in Northeast Ohio

New hope on the horizon for non-profits in Northeast Ohio

ITS WEBSITE, AND BOOK DIRECTLY WITH AN ARTIST. >> Courtney: CELEBRATING THOSE WHO GIVE BLACK. AN EXHIBIT FEATURI NG AFRICAN-AMERICAN PHILANTHROPISTS MAY BE THE CATALYST FOR A NEW WAY TO SPARK CHANGE. >> Rob: NEWS 5’S MIKE BROOKBANK GIVES A LOOK AT THE CLEVELAND BLACK EQUITY AND HUMANITY FUND AND HOW THE MONEY WLIL HELP TACKLE CHALLENGESN I COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, MAKING NORTHEAST OHIO A BETTER LAND. MAKING MISTAKES IS PART OF LIFE. >> ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES AND THOUGHT THAT WAS THE WAY TO TRY TO MAKE MONEY. >> Reporter: IT’S WHAT WE DO AFTER THAT DEFINES US. >> ENDED UP GETTING EVICTED. >> I’M FROM THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. >> Reporter: STAYING AT ROCK BOTTOM WASN’T AN OPTION. HER COMEBACK INCLUDES A LOT OF COMPANY. POWELL STARTED, LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE. >> I DIDN’T THINK I WAS QUALIFIED TO DO ANY OF THIS. BUT I’M HERE. IT’S BECAUSE I CARE. I HAVE COMPASSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THESE KIDS. >> Reporter: THE MEDINA-BASED NONPROFIT GIVES CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY A CHANCE TO SUCCEED IN THE CLASSROOM BY OFFERING TUTORS. >> I NOTICED KIDS STARTED STRUGGLING WITH HOMEWO. RK >> Reporter: AS WELL AS PROVIDING ACCESS TO ACTIVITIES FAMILIES MIGHT OTHERWISE NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD. >> DIDN’T HAVE MONEY TO GOO T THE SWIMMING POOL. >> Reporter: FINDING THE CASH TO KEEP THIS PROGRAM GOING, EVEN AFTER TWO DECADES, STILL A CHALLENGE. >> A LOT OF OUR KIDS ARE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE, IT’S BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T HAVE A RIDE. SOME PARENTS DO NOT HAVE TRANSPORTATION. >> Reporter: IT’S PROGRAMS LIKE POWELL’S THAT WILL SOON BENEFIT FROM THE NEW CLEVELAND BLACK EQUITY AND HUMANITY FUND: >> WE’RE NOT FOCUSED ON A MOMENT WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING AND YOU’RE DONE. >> Reporter: KEVIN JOHNSON SAYS THE FUND WAS BORN OUT OF THIS EXHIBIT AT THE MAIN BRANCH OF THE CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY. >> ONE OF THE THINGS WE WANTED O DO WITH PHILANTHROPY CLEVELAND IS SHED LIGHT ON WHAT GIVING LOOKS LEIK IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY. >> Reporter: THE FUNDING WILL BE USED TO BETTER POSITION PEOPLE OF COLOR FACING SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHALLENGES. >> HOW DO WE INTENTIONALLY CHANGE SOME OF THE PROBLEMS THAT HAVE BEEN SUSTAINED OVER SUCH A O NG PERIOD OF TIME? WE BELIEVE THAT IT’S DOABLE. WE INTEND TO DO IT. >> Reporter: IN MEDINA — >> HOPEFULLY MY DREAM IS TO GET A BUILDING. >> Reporter: POWELL CONTINUES TO PUSH AHEAD. >> THERE ARE DAYS WHEN I WANTO T QUIT. IT’S THAT ONE CHILD THAT WILL SAY, ARE YOU GOING TOO D THE PROGRAM TODAY? OK, I’M DOING IT. >> Reporter: POWELL IS ON THE SEARCH FOR THE MONEY THAT WILL SUSTAIN HER PROGRAM. TO HELP MORE CHILDREN TO BE ABLE FULFILL THEIR DREAMS, YOU KNOW, EVERY KID HAS A DREAM. >> Reporter: MIKE BROOKBANK, NEWS 5. >> Courtney: IF YOU KNOW OF AN ORGANIZATION OR PERSON WHO IS HELPING TO MAKE NOREATHST OHIO A BETTER LAND, LET US KNOW. YOU CAN FILL OUT A FORM UNDER
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New hope on the horizon for non-profits in Northeast Ohio

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