ERASE Racism receives $5,000 grant from the Nassau Bar Foundation WE CARE Fund

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The Nassau Bar Foundation WE CARE Fund awarded Long Island based civil rights organization ERASE Racism $5,000. Funds will support ERASE Racism’s 2018 Long Island Leaders of Tomorrow project.

We are very happy to receive this funding from the Nassau Bar Foundation WE CARE Fund, which will allow us to continue to dispel the myths around race and racism.

ERASE Racism has received a generous grant of $5,000 to support Long Island's Leaders of Tomorrow, a leadership development project that brings diverse students together to explore race and equity in their communities and schools.

The Nassau Bar Foundation WE CARE Fund is a Long Island based charitable initiative that provides grants to improve the quality of life for children, the elderly, and the under-served throughout Nassau County. The new grant will help support ERASE Racism’s program to uplift the voices of students and equip them with resources that cultivate their leadership skills in advocacy and cross-cultural relations.

Despite Long Island’s increasing diversity, in the past 12 years, the number of Intensely Segregated school districts (i.e. 90-100% non-white) has doubled. Lack of integration leads to myths, stereotypes, fear, and distrust, but the Long Island’s Leaders of Tomorrow project challenges this lack of understanding at its core. The Nassau Bar Foundation WE CARE Fund’s grant will allow ERASE Racism to create a more socially cohesive Long Island, where diversity and integration are celebrated.

ERASE Racism’s President Elaine Gross said, "We are very happy to receive this funding from the Nassau Bar Foundation WE CARE Fund, which will allow us to continue to dispel the myths around race and racism."

About ERASE Racism: ERASE Racism is a regional organization that leads public policy advocacy campaigns and related programmatic initiatives to promote racial equity in areas such as housing and public school education. It engages in a variety of research, education, community organizing, and policy advocacy to identify and address institutional and structural racism, primarily on Long Island. ERASE Racism's goal is transformed, integrated communities in which no-one is limited by race or ethnicity.

About the Nassau Bar Foundation: The WE CARE Fund is the nationally-recognized charitable arm of the Nassau County Bar Association. Founded in 1988 by NCBA Past President Stephen Gassman, WE CARE funds are raised by the legal profession and the community at large. The money is distributed through charitable grants to improve the quality of life for children, the elderly and others in need throughout Nassau County. Nurtured by the tireless efforts of lawyers and judges, the WE CARE program has matured into a nationally recognized model for similar programs instituted by other bar groups. With the financial support and personal effort of so many, WE CARE has been able to serve the community in myriad ways.

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