July 17, 2020

The Renewal Awards by the numbers

Since 2015, The Atlantic and Allstate have honored dozens of local organizations that are creating positive change in their communities.

Meet the 2020 Renewal Awards winners here. The Renewal Awards is a program of The Atlantic and Allstate.

Since 2015, The Atlantic and Allstate have helped nonprofits invest in their communities through The Renewal Awards. With the latest announcement of the 2020 Renewal Awards winners, The Atlantic and Allstate welcome five more organizations to this inspiring list. That brings the total to 30 nonprofits.

As we reflect on another amazing crop of winners—from a Boston bookstore that trains young adults on how to run a business to a Seattle social justice organization that advocates for youth—here are just a few ways former Renewal Awards winners have used the prize money to serve their communities.

1—brand new website. AnewAmerica, a 2018 winner, was able to use its award for a much-needed update to anewamerica.org. The Bay Area nonprofit also provided one-on-one coaching to 20 small business owners.

5—houses that have been beautified and transformed in Compton, California. The Compton Initiative, a 2019 winner, helps to renew its community by painting homes, schools, and churches in partnership with individual volunteers and other organizations. Their award money went into pressure washing and painting homes in low-income areas.

35—pairs of boots for high school sophomores embarking on wilderness expeditions. Summer Search provides summer experiential programs where students learn to apply socio-emotional learning skills, including problem-solving, leadership, self-reflection, empathy, and curiosity. Their 2018 prize money also provided 10 domestic flights to embark on these trips.

100—classes and services for immigrants and refugees, provided by Welcoming the Stranger. The 2019 winner empowers these folks to develop skills they need to become self-sufficient, active, productive, thriving members of their communities. Thousands of hours of volunteer labor each year have resulted in over 4,000 students from 104 different countries being served.

100—care packages for deployed service members. Soldiers’ Angels provided a “touch of home” to men and women in combat zones. The packages included hygiene products, snacks, and down-time items such as puzzle books, cards, and small games. “So many of these items seem so basic that we take (them) for granted, but when you are in a foreign land without access to such comforts, these items become critical and necessary,” wrote Soldier’s Angels founder Jennifer Cernoch. The organization won $10,000 in 2018.

277—hours of home-based parent coaching in the Chicago area. New Moms, a 2019 winner, has served 257 young moms and their 358 children. They have also provided housing for 50 young moms and their 89 children; job training services for 68 young moms; and home-based parent coaching, doula services, and parent support groups for 167 young moms and their 204 children.

300—Christmas gifts for children under 10 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The Hazleton Integration project, a 2018 winner, also purchased backpacks and school supplies for 100 kids, provided tuition for 55 children in its after-school Scholars program, provided 100 meals for children attending educational programs, and purchased 30 basketballs for the high school athletic programs. The eastern Pennsylvania nonprofit also outfitted 100 kids with cold weather clothing.

600—hours of one-on-one coaching to 30 educators. Profound Gentlemen supports male educators of color who can make an enormous impact on their students. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based nonprofit won a Renewal Award in 2018. Their prize money also supported 30 educators to participate in a community-based retention cohort. These men impact over 900 students across the country.

1,440—hours of business coaching provided to aspiring entrepreneurs. This part of Adelante Mujeres’s Empresas Small Business development program. The Oregon nonprofit, a 2019 winner, provides education and empowerment opportunities to low income Latina women and their families. In addition to this small business training, 653 youth in grades 3-12 were enrolled in the Chicas Youth Development program free-of-cost, and 100% of seniors graduated high school.

5,383—dollars spent on supplies for youth in New Orleans. Youth Empowerment Project, a 2018 winner, used their award to fund vital services for underserved kids and teens in the New Orleans area, including educational instruction and after-school activities. YEP also spent another $12,000 on transportation, basic needs, and enrichment activities.

40,000—pounds of sweet potatoes. A 2018 winner, F.A.R.M.S. donated this produce to over 30 food banks and pantries in Eastern Tennessee. The nonprofit, which serves aging farmers and farmers of color and their communities, also printed educational books for farmers and provided legal assistance on three farm cases.

800,000—dollars awarded to 30 nonprofits to date!

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