Updates on United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Black Empowerment Works grantees:
Frederick James and Morgan Hill
- Cozy Home Child Care and Learning Center, owned by Morgan Hill and Frederick James, opened in the Avondale Town Center, with more than 50 families registered. This is the only quality-rated child care within a 10-mile radius offering service to those working first and second shifts.
- Q-KIDZ Dance Team performed “This too shall pass,” a contemporary dance of encouragement, hope and support, live streamed from Memorial Hall on Dec. 22. The production captured the feelings of loneliness and despair youth and adults experience and concluded with a message of hope. The performance was supported by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
- Filling the Gap Services, a college readiness and leadership development program providing training and peer coaching to individuals returning from incarceration, received 501(c)(3) status. Zaria Davis is executive director.
- Madisonville Mission Ministries began offering financial education and coaching. The program consists of a preliminary meeting with an assigned coach to assess the enrollees current financial situation and to set financial goals, followed by one class per week for five weeks, beginning January 11.
Several Black Empowerment Works grantees received media attention and/or accolades for work they're doing inside and outside of the project:
- Extreme Clean Auto Detailing's Amber and Joshua Brogden were spotlighted for their work helping the community through their business (Cincinnati Enquirer).
- Cozy Home Child Care and Learning Center's owner, Morgan Hill (and 2020 Champion of Change, Reginald Harris) took part in a discussion on Cincinnati Edition about improving health outcomes and opportunities in Avondale (WVXU).
- Cincinnati Music Accelerator's Kick Lee was featured in the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center's Cincy Upstander Project (Cincinnati Enquirer).
- Envision Children was selected to receive investment through The Standard's Employee Giving Campaign (Business Wire).
- Ladies of Leadership, along with five other Black Empowerment Works grantees, received funding through the Youth Services Relief Fund (Local 12).