‘Home’ is where the heart it for Oprah Winfrey.The media mogul, who’s no stranger to philanthropy, announced the giving of grants to the cities she’s called home through her $12 million Covid-19 relief fund.On Wednesday, the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation unveiled plans to donate money to organizations dedicated to helping underserved communities in Chicago, Baltimore, Nashville, Milwaukee and Kosciusko, Miss. — where she was born.
Winfrey will give $5 million to Live Healthy Chicago, which provides immediate support to seniors and high-ri-sk residents affe-cted by the Covid-19. The Windy City is where the talk show queen became a television icon via her multiple Emmy Award winning daytime chatfest for 25 years.NashvilleNurtures, a collaboration with Mount Zion Baptist Church and Tennessee State University, Winfrey’s alma mater, will receive $2 million for their plan to feed 10,000 families around the city where the Miss Bla-ck Tennessee pageant queen lived with her father and launched her broadcasting career.
Winfrey, who has been homebound in Montecito, Calif., since March 11, is giving Milwaukee’s African American-focused SaintA and The Nia Imani Family, Inc. a $100,000 donation to assist with housing and me-ntal health care efforts. She lived there for a with her mother, Vernita Lee, when she was a child.
Baltimore’s Living Classrooms Foundation and Center for Urban Families will also receive donations from Winfrey, who built her media career in the Maryland epicenter.The Boys and Girls Club of East Mississippi, which established a drive-thru food pantry to provide daily food support for over 1,500 children in East Mississippi, will also receive funds from Winfrey.
“I’m proud to be able to support the communities I have called home,” Winfrey said in a statement. “These organizations are working tirelessly on the ground to help those hit the hardest by the pande-mic, meeting people where they are and serving in ways needed most.”She announced her COVID-19 Relief Fund last month, initially giving $1 million to America’s Food Fund.
According to the foundation, Winfrey will also give grants to advocacy organization Global Citizen, Direct Relief in partnership with Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Dance-A-Thon, Unity Shoppe, Inc. in Santa Barbara, C,alif. and Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano, Texas, among other organizations.Since 1993, the billionaire has contributed millions in grants and donations to organizations that serve children, families, and communities, with a specific focus on youth education.
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