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LAHF Gets Resiliency Relief Fund Grant to Continue Helping So Many in Need




Dee Johnson, founder and executive director of LAHF.

For 23 years, the Lend A Hand Foundation (LAHF) has carried out its mission, “To enhance the quality of life for low-income children, youth, and families by offering resources otherwise not available including educational, cultural, social, and sporting activities as well as basic needs.”

Their motto is: “Lending A Hand Wherever We Can.” The Resiliency Relief Fund grant they received from the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce (OAACC) allowed them to continue helping so many in need.

The past seven months have been strange and challenging for the organization. The needs of children, youth and families are greater than ever. Due to COVID-19 and its financial impact, LAHF is currently working in communities to address families living in unhoused situations as well as others.  It is a bit overwhelming at times as LAHF seeks funds for both basic essentials and school supplies.

“We purchased 500 additional backpacks with supplies for children,” said Dee Johnson, founder and executive director of LAHF. “We also procured many essential items for students as well.”

Dee said, “I find it difficult to come to terms with the level of poverty that many children in America are currently living in. We see a world where the disparities between the rich and poor have grown, and the plight of the poor is not very high on the federal government’s agenda. Black and Brown children and their families lack the opportunities to rise above their impoverished circumstances. This concerns me greatly, frankly, it breaks my heart.”

When asked what beautiful days ahead would look like for LAHF and other nonprofits that work continually to loosen the grip of poverty, Dee replied, “More businesses, corporations as well as professional sports teams coming together in the same spirit as the OAACC. Through their Resiliency Fund, the OAACC provided much-needed support to many Black-owned businesses and to nonprofits.  Lend A Hand Foundation is a proud recipient.”

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