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11-Year-Old Student Hero and Local Heroes Recognized by Bank of America

As part of an ongoing effort to stimulate economic vitality in Greater Washington and in communities across the nation, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced $450,000 in flexible funding and leadership training to local nonprofits through its Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, bringing the bank’s total commitment in Greater Washington through the program to $3.15 million since 2004.

The initiative continues to help hundreds of the nation’s most impactful nonprofits improve their long-term viability and bolster leadership strength, retain and hire new staff, and extend the depth and reach of their services – capabilities that are integral to community revitalization and critical in the current economy when nonprofit funding is down and demand for services is up.

Jubilee Housing, Inc., an affordable housing organization based in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. that serves as a national model for addressing the urban housing crisis, and Primary Care Coalition, a community-based health care provider and advocate for health equity among underserved residents in Montgomery County, have been named 2010 Greater Washington Neighborhood Builders®, the nonprofit category of the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. Each organization will receive $200,000 in unrestricted grant funding and participate in Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Leadership Program® with other nonprofit leaders from 44 communities across the country and from London.

“Through our Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, we are helping to generate meaningful and cumulative economic and social impact at the local level where it’s needed most,” said Bill Couper, Mid-Atlantic President, Bank of America. “In Greater Washington and across the country, we are leveraging the combined strength of our philanthropy and lending and investing initiatives to help set opportunity in motion for organizations, families, individuals and entire neighborhoods.”

The Neighborhood Excellence Initiative honors two other categories of community leaders: Local Heroes and Student Leaders®.

Local Heroes contribute significantly to the health of their neighborhood through volunteer service and civic engagement. With this recognition, they will direct a $5,000 donation from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to an eligible nonprofit of their choice. 2010 Greater Washington Local Heroes are:

  • Michael Gould, of Washington, D.C., will direct his grant to New Futures.
  • Abraham Jacobson, of Washington, D.C., will direct his grant to the Little Blue House.
  • Rhea McVicker, of Beltsville, MD, will direct her grant to Nick’s Place.
  • Joy Paul, of Rockville, MD, will direct her grant to the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County.
  • Gail Wood, of Frederick, MD, will direct her grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Frederick County.

Student Leaders, who are exemplary teens with a passion for improving their communities, participated in paid, eight-week internships at Greater Washington nonprofits this summer (at the height of the teen unemployment rate) and gathered in Washington, D.C. for a weeklong summit to learn how service creates positive change in communities and to gain tools and resources to help them continue to make a difference in their local communities. 2010 Greater Washington Student Leaders are:

  • Rodney Beeks-Warren, a Washington, D.C. resident, recent graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and freshman at St. Paul’s College, interned at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington in the summer.
  • Hermela Hailemeskel, a Rockville resident, recent graduate of Wheaton High School and freshman at the University of Maryland, interned at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington in the summer.
  • Jun Hyuck, an Alexandria resident and senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, interned at the Hispanic College Fund in the summer.
  • Jazzlyn Lindsey, a Woodbridge resident, recent graduate of Garfield High School and freshman at Lynn University, interned at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington in the summer.
  • Wendy Mao, a Silver Spring resident, recent graduate of Montgomery Blair High School and freshman at the University of Maryland, interned at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington in the summer.

All 2010 Greater Washington recipients will be honored at an event this fall.

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