East Lake Foundation Receives $75,000 from Walmart Foundation

The East Lake Foundation today announced it received a $75,000 contribution to support the Resident and Community Support Program (RCSP) at the Villages of East Lake. The grant – which was given to the non-profit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will allow the RCSP to continue to provide high-quality educational and economic support programs for residents at the Villages of East Lake.

“We are very appreciative of the Walmart Foundation’s generous financial support of RCSP over the last several years,” said Daniel Shoy, Jr., president of the East Lake Foundation. “This important funding helps ensure that RCSP programming effectively helps participants secure employment and improve their families’ economic stability, advancing the East Lake Foundation’s mission of breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty.”

The East Lake Foundation provides residents in Atlanta’s East Lake community with the tools to build a better life for themselves and future generations through a three pillar model: cradle-to-college education, affordable mixed-income housing and community wellness initiatives.

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are very excited to continue supporting the East Lake Foundation,” said Glen Wilkins, director of public affairs and government relations at Walmart. “Through this grant, we hope to assist the organization in helping adults who live in The Villages of East Lake receive quality education and improve their financial security.”

The contribution to the East Lake Foundation was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Georgia’s State Giving Program (SGP). Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. In the last fiscal year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $50.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions throughout the state of Georgia.

To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum funding criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/state-giving.

About Philanthropy at Walmart

By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.

About The East Lake Foundation

Founded in 1995 on the belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, the East Lake Foundation collaborates with public and private organizations to provide tools that enable Atlanta’s East Lake residents to build a better future through its model for community revitalization.

The East Lake model includes cradle-to-college education at Charles R. Drew Charter School and its early learning partners, mixed-income housing at The Villages of East Lake and community wellness through programs including The First Tee® of East Lake, the Resident and Community Support Program, the East Lake Community Learning Garden, Start ME: East Lake micro-entrepreneur program and East Lake Healthy Connections. This approach to building a strong community not only helps break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, but creates a place where people of all ages and incomes choose to live. East Lake has become a national model for holistic community revitalization programs through its sister organization, Purpose Built Communities. Additional information is available at www.eastlakefoundation.org.