HAVEN, the Pontiac-based nonprofit organization that has provided shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 30,000 annual domestic violence victims, is among over 65 metro Detroit organizations receiving funding from Bank of America.
On Nov. 18, Bank of America celebrated its annual “Day of Giving” to help better understand how area partners deliver and advance economic mobility and racial equality.
The bank and its foundation have committed over $6 million in grants this year, aiding employment and job training, supporting community development and housing affordability, addressing the small business ecosystem, and offering innovative healthcare delivery.
“The continuing issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have threatened the physical and economic health of many in our community,” said Matt Elliott, president of Bank of America Michigan. “We enthusiastically pursue innovative pathways to these outcomes, and we are proud to assist people and programs devoted to building strong and resilient communities and thriving neighborhoods.”
Bank of America has invested in HAVEN in the past, according to Aimee Nimeh, president and CEO of HAVEN.
She said HAVEN applied for $200,000 over a two-year period this past spring. The proposal was submitted in May and was awarded in October.
Funding is planned to be used in two ways.
“Broadly, this funding will help enable us to continue to provide our life-saving services via our general operating funds,” Nimeh told The Oakland Press. “We also plan to use a portion of the funding specifically in our prevention programming to invest more deeply in community outreach.”
She said funding will further help ensure that HAVEN is responsive to community needs, especially those that have historically faced barriers to reaching out for services.
“We want to continue to build bridges across the diverse array of individuals, families and systems that exist in Oakland County so that we can ensure that HAVEN’s services and prevention programming are accessible and tailored to those who need it,” she said.
Along with the funding comes the title of “neighborhood builder” for 2021. Nimeh called it “an honor,” adding that it presents an opportunity to learn from other organizations that are making strides in equity, accessibility and service excellence across the nation.
Other organizations receiving funding include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan, Eastern Market Corporation, Forgotten Harvest, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Lighthouse of Oakland County, Teach For America, and Chaldean American Ladies of Charity.