PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Eagles are partnering with city and community groups to try to curb historic levels of gun violence in Philadelphia. He has started the End Philly Gun Violence campaign.
The Eagles Social Justice Fund will contribute $316,000 in grants to 32 area nonprofits. They have chosen groups with a long history of fighting the gun violence crisis at the community level.
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Eagles players began thinking about the initiative when the team returned to training camp after seeing a rising kill rate.
“Obviously, Philadelphia is where we play but it’s where we live, it’s where we work, it’s our home. Even though we focus on the day-to-day aspects of football We know what’s going on in the wider community. The conversation started there about how we can be part of the solution,” said Eagles president Don Smolensky.
Council players include Sean Bradley, Dallas Goedert, Brandon Graham, Anthony Harris, Jordan Howard, Avonte Maddox, Rodney McLeod, Miles Sanders and Ke’von Wallace.
Together we can end gun violence.#inspire change
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) 4 January 2022
“Ever since I arrived in Philadelphia in 2016 as a free agent, this has been my home,” McLeod said in a release. “Sad to see so much pain and suffering in our communities as a result of these senseless acts of violence. We are losing family members, friends, mentors, role models and future leaders to gun violence in our streets. No one should ever live in fear of going to school, walking to the playground, or walking out the front door. Yet, for so many people in our communities, they do. During this process I am privileged to work with city leaders and organizations that are as committed to ending gun violence as we are.”
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The committee chose to support nonprofits that specialize in some of the issues addressing gun violence. Nonprofits receiving grants from poverty, counseling, education equality/reform, workforce development, ending gun violence, criminal justice reform, mental health, community/police relations, sports-based youth development, education/college outreach, support Experts in the fields of. Black-owned businesses, and formerly incarcerated women.
Below is an analysis of the funding each specific nonprofit receives:
- Poverty: $65,000
- Tip: $41,600
- Educational Equity/Reform: $40,000
- Workforce Development: $40,000
- Ending Gun Violence: $30,000
- Criminal Justice Reform: $20,000
- Mental health: $20,000
- Community/Police Relations: $15,000
- Sports-Based Youth Development: $15,000
- Education/college access $10,000
- Supporting Black-Owned Businesses $10,000
- Support for women in prison in the past: $10,000
Eagles President and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement, “I am inspired by our players that they have taken advantage of the Eagles Social Justice Fund to address one of the most concerning issues in our city this year – gun violence. ” “I stand with them in their efforts and am grateful to those who have joined us in helping create a safer, more equitable community for all Philadelphians to live in peace.”
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) 4 January 2022
In addition to grant grants, the Eagles and the City of Philadelphia made EndPhillyGunViolence.com, a resource website designed to lead youth to proven and effective support.
The Eagles Social Justice Fund was formed in 2018 to provide grants to organizations that work to reduce barriers to equal opportunity, with a specific focus on education, community-police relations and reforming the criminal justice system. Huh. The Social Justice Fund has provided organizations in this area with over $1.6 million in funding since its formation.
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Below is a list of each nonprofit that has received funding:
- Acquisition: $15,000
- Chester Community Coalition: $15,000
- Education Law Center Center: $15,000
- manupPHL: $15,000
- Big Brother Big Sisters Independence: $10,600
- 100 Black Men Philadelphia Chapter: $10,000
- Community Legal Services: $10,000
- Drexel University Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice: $10,000
- Face to face: $10,000
- Fathersread365: $10,000
- Frontline Dads Inc.: $10,000
- Girls on the Run Philadelphia: $10,000
- Mezfit: $10,000
- New lease on Life USA: $10,000
- Pennsylvania Innocence Project: $10,000
- Philadelphia Auto & Parole, Inc.: $10,000
- Philadelphia Futures: $10,000
- Philadelphia Youth Network: $10,000
- Police Athletic League of Philadelphia: $10,000
- Sankofa Healing Studio: $10,000
- Steppingstone Scholars: $10,000
- Summer Find Philadelphia: $10,000
- Anthony Harris Foundation Inc.: $10,000
- United Way of Delaware: $10,000
- University of Pennsylvania Neter Center for Community Partnerships: $10,000
- Why not get rich: $10,000
- Youth Punishment and Re-entry Project: $10,000
- Youth Services Inc.: $10,000
- Change Our Future Foundation: $5,000
- Philadelphia Youth Football Academy: $5,000
- Strawberry Mansion Area Renaissance Trust Corporation: $5,000
- Inspiring Young Moms: $1,000