Today's Date: April 14, 2021
Stonyfield Organic Aims to Convert Central Park, Prospect Park and Grant Park Into Organic Grounds by 2025 as Part of Stonyfield   •   Northwest Residents Say They Want to Switch to More Fuel-Efficient Vehicles, but Aren’t Quite Ready to Commit   •   Good Sam Selects Capstone HME as Durable Medical Equipment Provider   •   Ralph Lauren Debuts Team USA’s Closing Ceremony Parade Uniform and Apparel Collection, Featuring First-To-Market Innovatio   •   Morgan Stanley and Spelman College Announce Inaugural Class of HBCU Scholars Program   •   Lincoln Financial Network Launches African American Financial Professional Network   •   Boxlight Announces Podcast on Motivating Young Women in STEM   •   Statement by Minister Chagger on International Day of Pink   •   The Equilar Diversity Network Welcomes New Partner Third Arrow Strategies Japan Board Diversity Network with a Focus on Increasi   •   Medical Indicators Partners with Maness Veteran Medical to Bring Their Innovative, Single-Use Thermometers to America's Veterans   •   Bill Nye “The Science Guy” Partners With Varsity Tutors to Host Class on Public Health & Vaccine Science   •   Flagler Health+ and the link Announce Partnership   •   Seton Youth Shelters Relocating to New Single Campus in Virginia Beach   •   Grammy-Nominated Juan Winans Joined By Sister and Actress Deborah Joy Winans for Single 'Never On My Own'   •   INTERSECT BY LEXUS-NYC To Welcome Three MICHELIN Star Restaurant, Manresa, As Next Restaurant-in-Residence And Launch New Outdoo   •   Vanessa De Luca Joins The Root as Editor-in-Chief   •   Business leaders make urgent plea to address early literacy crisis wrought by COVID   •   Simply Brilliant: GE Lighting, a Savant company Introduces Its Closest Light to Natural Sunlight   •   CareSimple and MAGNET GROUP Enter Strategic Supplier Relationship   •   Manzanita Sol Makes its Big Apple Debut by Giving Back to NYC's Best Local Bites
Bookmark and Share

Grants Promote Jamaica Education

 MIAMI - The Western Union Foundation, through its Agent Giving Circle, and Western Union Agent GraceKennedy, has donated USD $100,000 jointly to People’s Action for Community Transformation (PACT), a coalition of 26 community-based organizations in Jamaica earlier this month. The grants will be designated to support I Pledge, a computer-based education program benefiting school children across Jamaica. 

To build upon the importance of education in Jamaica, and coinciding with GraceKennedy’s 20th anniversary, The Western Union Foundation and GraceKennedy also committed up to an additional USD $200,000 in matching consumer grants, to PACT’s I Pledge Too program, over a three-year period starting in 2011.

The matching grant will be designated to support one-to-one donations to I Pledge Too, from Jamaican Hometown Association Resource Groups in the U.S. and Canada, for a total fund-raising goal of USD $400,000. Consumers in the U.S. wishing to donate to I Pledge Too may do so through Western Union Quick Collect® account IPledgeJamaica, CO. The Quick Collect account, available in the U.S., will be active January 2011 through March 2011, during which time Western Union will waive fees for U.S. consumers transferring money via the IPledgeJamaica, CO account.

“At Western Union, our business model promotes positive economic and social development,” said Stewart A. Stockdale, President, The Americas and EVP Global Cards and Global Key Accounts. “I Pledge Too embodies our commitment to support initiatives that empower individuals, families and communities through access to better education and economic opportunity. Together with our Agent GraceKennedy, Western Union is committed to education in Jamaica.”

Western Union's Agent Giving Circle program provides one-for-one matches on qualifying Agent donations to eligible nonprofit organizations.

“At GraceKennedy we pride ourselves in being good corporate citizens, and our unwavering support for education is well known and documented. Our commitment to education started over ten years ago and has been a leading driver in connecting us to communities across the island,” said Douglas Orane, Chairman and CEO, GraceKennedy.

The I PLEDGE program evolved from GraceKennedy’s continued support to build communities by directly reaching those that matter most, children. Six years ago, GraceKennedy launched the program in partnership with USAID and the Jamaican Ministry of Education to donate English language and math text books to primary schools across Jamaica. Since then, the program has grown and expanded to include other areas such as:

* The Western Union Reading Week
* Book Donations
* The Western Union Scholarship Program
* The Western Union Debate Competition
* Computerization Program

In its present form, all programs are locally driven and reach over 5,000 students in Jamaica. With the expansion into Diaspora communities, the program expects to reach approximately 10,000 students over the next three years.


STORY TAGS: BLACK, AFRICAN AMERICAN, MINORITY, CIVIL RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, , RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY, culture

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News