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Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Awarded $10,000 Grant from the Evanston Community Foundation

June 21, 2016
Garrett-Evanston Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program

The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) has awarded Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary a $10,000 grant for the newly formed Garrett-Evanston Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program. The grant announcement was made at the Evanston Community Foundation’s 2016 Grant Awards Celebration and Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 26th.  This year’s grantees were chosen from a pool of 64 applicants in the Evanston community. Garrett-Evangelical is excited and honored to be one of 29 organizations who received a grant from the ECF.

The Garrett-Evanston Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program is a six-week high-quality, literacy-rich program for underserved children in the Evanston community. The program is offered completely free to children and their families and includes two meals, a snack, reading curriculum, and many other creative arts and learning opportunities. “We are truly grateful for the work of the Evanston Community Foundation in the local community and this grant to support the Garrett-Evanston Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program,” said Dr. Reginald Blount, assistant professor of formation, youth, and culture at Garret-Evangelical and co-director of the Garrett-Evanston Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program. “This grant will help to provide the necessary resources for supporting this new program and empowering underserved children residing in the fifth ward of Evanston.”

The Garrett- Evanston Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program begins June 27th and will be held at Friendship Baptist Church in Evanston. Garrett-Evangelical faculty members Dr. Virginia Lee, associate professor of Christian education, and Dr. Reginald Blount, assistant professor of formation, youth, and culture, are serving as co-directors. In its inaugural summer, fifty children have been accepted to the program. To learn more about the Garrett-Evanston Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program, go to www.Garrett.edu/FreedomSchoolsProgram.

The Evanston Community Foundation, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2016, helps Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive, and just community. It builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge through local organizations for the common good. The Foundation builds endowments for current and future opportunities, fosters private philanthropy, focuses the impact of collective giving, finds solutions to community challenges, allocates grants, and provides leadership training.