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The Salvation Army Urges Americans to Close Gap in Fundraising as Need Soars

In 2022, inflation soared to 8.3 percent, drastically affecting the ability of nearly 92 million Americans to afford the cost of living and basic needs such as rent, mortgage, utilities, gas, and food.

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Every donation means more this year as inflation, economic impacts lead to 8% drop in donations

ALEXANDRIA, Va. /PRNewswire/ — In 2022, inflation soared to 8.3 percent, drastically affecting the ability of nearly 92 million Americans to afford the cost of living and basic needs such as rent, mortgage, utilities, gas, and food. Even more, approximately 200 million now live paycheck-to-paycheck. The escalation of costs has increased requests for assistance by 30-50 percent in many communities, compared to previous years. These needs are further enhanced during the holiday season as temperatures plummet and more people come seeking refuge and assistance to keep a roof over their head.

The Salvation Army Urges Americans to Close Gap in Fundraising as Need Soars

Experience the full interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/9092354-the-salvation-army-love-beyond-christmas-donations/ 

“Because of the overwhelming generosity of our loyal donors, corporate partners, and over 1.3 million volunteers, The Salvation Army has been able to meet the needs of the country’s most vulnerable communities, 365 days of the year,” said The Salvation Army’s National Commander, Commissioner Kenneth Hodder. “But with the multiple burdens that many individuals and families are feeling this year, we will rely on the steadfast support of our friends to help us give people in need a hand up.”

As concerns of rising inflation are expected to continue, the need for poverty assistance, natural disaster relief, and pandemic support grows stronger. With a footprint of over 7,200 locations across the country, The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of local communities with tailored programs and services year-round. As the nation’s largest non-governmental direct provider of social services, The Salvation Army invites supporters to Love Beyond Christmas to ensure millions of individuals and families receive help and hope through the end of the year and onward.

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The Salvation Army serves more than 25 million people annually with 2.3 million people receiving holiday assistance, alone. Across the country, The Salvation Army has provided vulnerable individuals with over 171 million meals, and assisted 4 million people with the financial assistance they need to stay in their home.

The best way to ensure your neighbors receive the help they need is to Love Beyond Christmas by continuing to support The Salvation Army throughout the year. Your donations become the resources needed to provide essential services across the country.

We invite you to love beyond this year by giving online, or by setting up a recurring monthly gift, at SalvationArmyUSA.org.

  • Sign up for a sustaining gift of $25 a month, which could be the difference between a family staying in their home or falling under the poverty line and living on the streets.
  • Donate cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin or Ethereum.
  • Ask Amazon’s Alexa to donate by saying, “Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army,” and then specifying the amount.
  • Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to make a donation by phone.

Funds stay in the communities in which they are donated to meet the increasing needs of your vulnerable neighbors this holiday season and beyond.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually serves more than 25 million people in America, helping them overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,200 centers of operation around the country. In 2021, The Salvation Army was ranked No. 2 on the list of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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Indianapolis Community Celebration to Discuss Impact of School Choice in Black and Brown Communities

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INDIANAPOLIS /PRNewswire/ — Hoosier families and national education reform leaders will learn from the past and look to the future as they mark School Choice Week 2023 with an in-depth discussion of school choice’s impact in Black and Brown communities on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.

“There are many issues our society needs to address with regards to race, equality, and education, and we should look to school choice programs as one solution to actually make things better for people,” said EdChoice President Robert Enlow. “As part of National School Choice Week, we are honored to join education leaders to celebrate how far we’ve come not only in Indiana, but nationwide, and look ahead to the progress yet to come.”

Hosted by EdChoice in collaboration with the Freedom Coalition for Charter Schools, the event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with drinks, appetizers, and the opportunity for community members to network and discuss the power of choice in K-12 education. It’s part of the annual National School Choice Week 2023, celebrated with events nationwide. As part of the local festivities, the AES Indiana building in Indianapolis will light up red and yellow. 

At 6:15 p.m., EdChoice President Robert Enlow will introduce a panel of esteemed education leaders, including civil rights activist and education reform icon Dr. Howard Fuller, Capital Preparatory Schools Founder Dr. Steve Perry, and Education Leaders of Color Chief Policy Officer Angelica Solis-Montero. Dr. Charles Cole, founder of Energy Converters, an initiative to help students activate their leadership through agency in education, will moderate.

More than 200 parents, educators, and legislators are expected to attend and hear the panelists’ perspectives on recent successes and challenges in expanding education outcomes for Black and Brown students, and how school choice can position students for a successful future. The panel discussion will wrap up with a Q&A.

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“Studies show us that not only are school choice programs integrating schools in better ways than ever before, but they are giving all students – including minority students – greater hope for the future,” Enlow continued. “As we work to restore the learning lost during the Covid-19 pandemic – which was felt most strongly among Black and Brown students – we must give families more choices and agency in their children’s future.”

This event is organized by EdChoice, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers every family to choose the schooling environment that fits their children’s needs best.

Join the discussion on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, located at 110 W. Washington St. The event is open to the press and the public, but registration is required at bit.ly/3WXLsCm.

National School Choice Week (NSCW) informs, inspires, and empowers parents to discover the K-12 education options available for their children, including traditional public, charter, magnet, online, private, and home schooling. Every January, tens of thousands of schools, organizations, and individuals plan unique events and activities to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options in their communities. The Week is a project of the nonpartisan, nonpolitical National School Choice Awareness Foundation.

SOURCE National School Choice Week

https://stmdailynews.com/category/the-bridge/

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HOLLYWOOD UNLOCKED RAISES $1.7 MILLION IN SEED FUNDING

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Hidden Empire Film Group, Brown Venture Group and Black Capital Invest In Media Platform Created By Media Mogul Jason Lee

LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — Hollywood Unlocked Inc., the Black-owned news content platform offering the latest articles and insights on the world of Hollywood, founded by culture critic and media mogul Jason Lee, announced today that it has raised approximately $1.7 million in seed investments the most recent of which values the company at more than $50 million. Investors in the entertainment platform include Hidden Empire Film Group, owned by Hollywood prolific filmmaking team Deon Taylor and Roxanne Avent-Taylor, Brown Venture Group, which invests exclusively in minority-led technology companies, and Black Capital, a Black-owned venture fund managed by former Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson. Other institutional investors include Bracket Capital and Intuition Capital.

HOLLYWOOD UNLOCKED RAISES $1.7 MILLION IN SEED FUNDING

Capital raised is ear-marked for further development of Hollywood Unlocked’s technology platform, business expansion and operations. With substantial growth in viewership across platforms, and the launch of an in-house studio space that will produce a new streaming talk show “The Jason Lee Show”, Hollywood Unlocked is gearing up for further expansion planned for later this year within the following key areas:

  • Education: Launching Millionaire Media Unlocked, an online course in which Jason Lee reveals his blueprint for building successful blogs and podcasts. Lee walks users through some of his successes and failures by sharing the industry knowledge needed to get started. Users will also be able to learn how to form, build and manage their own potentially multi-million media companies
  • Empowerment: Activating the power of pop culture to uplift at-risk youth through the Hollywood Cares Foundation, with a particular focus on underserved minority communities to help them drive lasting change, for themselves and others, The Hollywood Cares Foundation will also leverage the arts, entertainment industry, and brands to equip young people to thrive in their academic, social, and civic lives. Under Jason Lee’s guidance, the Foundation will aim to inspire change by providing opportunities for young people to be active participants in creating the culture that surrounds them, to empower themselves and each other
  • Entertainment: Launching a new talk show format to drive momentum around pop culture’s biggest moments with iconic television shows and radio productions such as “Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee” and the “Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee [UNCENSORED]” podcast that addresses the latest rumors to a millennial-focused collective audience with captivating tell-all interviews with exclusive celebrity guests. HU sets the standards for industry accomplishments by celebrating industry milestones and cultural significance with the brand’s annual Impact Awards.

“It’s important for us to find partnership with investment groups that share a similar vision in uplifting marginalized voices in entertainment that are shifting our culture forward,” said Jason Lee, Founder and CEO of Hollywood Unlocked. “We are extremely grateful for our partners at Hidden Empire Film Group, Brown Venture Group and Black Capital and look forward to what is ahead.”

Hollywood Unlocked is on a mission to create spaces for Black voices. The platform addresses the latest hottest news topics for its growing millennial-focused collective audience of currently more than seven million weekly, and gives captivating tell-all interviews with top-tier celebrity names such as Cardi B, Tiffany Haddish, and Ye (formerly Kanye West). A mainstay for the hottest scoops and the most memorable trending celebrity moments, and one of the nation’s leading entertainment brands, “Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee” produces thousands of hours of content and drives engagement exceeding 550 million impressions per month, along with amassing more than 2.9 million Instagram followers. Coming off a successful Hollywood Unlocked Second Annual Impact Awards last summer, Lee teamed up with Ye to host a Black Futures Brunch with key voices within the media to talk about the importance of Black representation within the industry.

“We are thrilled to invest in Jason Lee and his larger purpose and vision as a Black entrepreneur. He’s the real deal,” says Chris Brooks, Co-Founder of Brown Venture Group. “As Hollywood Unlocked’s visionary, Jason’s accomplishments and mission resonates with a broad and engaged consumer base, and we are excited to see what he has in line for the future,” said Kevin Johnson, Founding and Managing Partner of Black Capital. “When I envision the future of media, I see Jason at the helm as a disruptor and innovator pushing our narrative forward,” Johnson said.

About Hollywood Unlocked
Hollywood Unlocked is an exclusive entertainment news platform created by culture disruptor, Jason Lee, to provide celebrity news in a candid dialogue that is both engaging and authentic. Hollywood Unlocked is at the intersection where fans and influencers meet. Through content accuracy, exclusive and original content, Hollywood Unlocked has become a fast-growing competitive source of entertainment news to the masses.

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About Hidden Empire Film Group
Prolific filmmaking team Deon Taylor and Roxanne Avent-Taylor, in partnership with investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith, launched Hidden Empire Film Group with the belief that multi-cultural representation is good business. Hidden Empire Film Group develops, produces, and distributes high concept, commercially viable content targeted to an engaged global multi-cultural audience that is passionate about culture – because culture moves the world. Hidden Empire Film Group‘s company portfolio consists of; Hidden Empire Films, the company’s anchor film & television development and production house; Hidden Empire Releasing, its independent film distribution and content sales company focused on serving the global multi-cultural community; Hidden Empire Studios, its premiere full service content production studio, avid editing facility, and virtual and pop-up event space designed to aid social media content creators; Hidden Empire TV, its owned and controlled streaming channel showcasing Hidden Empire’s library of TV episodes, movies and original content; and Hyper Engine, a marketing & branding agency that specializes in reaching diverse audiences.

About Brown Venture Group
Founded in 2018, Brown Venture Group, LLC provides technology Founders of Color with investment capital, training and professional networks that assist in launching and scaling tech-based startups. BVG are members of the National Association of Investment Companies. For more information go to brownventuregroup.com.

About Black Capital
Black Capital is an early-stage fund focused on investing in black and other underrepresented founders. Black Capital’s mission is to build wealth for the black community by democratizing access to Venture Capital. Founded in 2020, it was created with the vision to elevate communities of color to gain financial independence, build wealth, and decrease economic inequality in this country.

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Prince George County Families Meet Independent Schools at School Choice Fair

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Private school fair to feature STEM carnival, workshops for families

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Md. /PRNewswire/ — Families are invited to explore more than 40 independent school options at Prince George County’s first School Choice Week fair on Saturday, Jan. 21. The inaugural event will be jam-packed with resources and fun, from workshops for parents on admissions and financial aid to face painting and a STEM Carnival for children.

Hosted by the Black Student Fund and Prince George Parents Alliance for Educational Options, the free fair takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bishop McNamara High School. Families will have an opportunity to speak with school representatives, network, and learn about K-12 education options in a positive, supportive environment. While parents “shop” for schools, children can enjoy family-friendly activities and entertainment.

Award-winning influencer Jenny the Voice will be in attendance, covering the event for her 1.2 million followers on TikTok.

The fair is planned to coincide with the celebration of National School Choice Week (Jan. 22-28, 2023), which will feature tens of thousands of school choice celebrations across all 50 states.

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“This in person and virtual event will provide Maryland families with information that makes school choice a reality,” said Leroy Nesbitt of the Black Student Fund.

This event is planned by the Black Student Fund, which serves as an advocate for children and strives to assure that all students and their families have equal access to superior educational opportunities, and Prince George Parents Alliance for Educational Options, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to maximizing independent school options and opportunities for all families in Prince George’s County Maryland.

Bishop McNamara High School is located at 6800 Marlboro Pike in Forestville. Register for the free event at eventbrite.com/e/pg-school-choice-fair-2023-tickets-428637435107. A list of participating schools can be found at pgpaeo.org/participating-schools.

National School Choice Week (NSCW) informs, inspires, and empowers parents to discover the K-12 education options available for their children, including traditional public, charter, magnet, online, private, and home schooling. Every January, tens of thousands of schools, organizations, and individuals plan unique events and activities to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options in their communities. The Week is a project of the nonpartisan, nonpolitical National School Choice Awareness Foundation.

SOURCE National School Choice Week

https://stmdailynews.com/category/the-bridge/

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