Over $400,000 is being donated to invest in minority-owned businesses and programs on the southeast side of the Fort. The Family & Friends Fund is collecting and re-distribution the money donated from community members and businesses from around the city.
This morning the group announced their first round of donations, giving funds to fifteen organizations in the community. The organizations receiving support are Utopian Community Grocery Store, Oxford Community Association, Smiley's Hunger Relief Farm, Omotayo Rites of Passage, African & African American History Museum, Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries, All-in-One Catering, Wolverines Semi-Pro Football, Lions Semi-Pro Football, Oh Def Network, Blacklight Media, Afroplump, Bigger Than Us, Upgrade the World, and Big Momma's Kitchen.
"When I started this.. it's something I never would've imagined. Then when Ty came to me with the opportunity…it's truly humbling. It's something we can take on and do a lot more with the community than we have been. So far it's been our own money from us working jobs and things like that. That's what we've been going at. Now that they're investing in us, we can do a lot more good in the community than we have," said Trell Jones, Co-President of "Upgrade the World."
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