Nonprofits receive $200K grants

Bank of America Charitable Foundation named 2013 Neighborhood Builders award

ATLANTA — The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named Open Hand and Covenant House Georgia as recipients of the 2013 Neighborhood Builders award.

The investment includes leadership training with a $200,000 unrestricted grant for high-performing nonprofits that have made an impact addressing needs related to community development, critical needs or workforce development and education.

“We recognize the important roles Open Hand and Covenant House Georgia play in serving our most vulnerable residents and ensuring better lives for so many in our community,” said Geri Thomas, Georgia market president of Bank of America. “The leadership training and funding will not only deepen their impact today but sustain their mission and services over time.”

Open Hand is an organization that helps individuals prevent or better manage chronic disease through home-delivered meals and nutrition education programs. On average, Open Hand provides healthy meals to about 100 clients and works with about 1,500 volunteers who reside in Gwinnett.

“Over the years Open Hand has primarily served the nutrition needs of adults,” said Matt Pieper, executive director of Open Hand. “With the Neighborhood Builders funding we received from Bank of America, we can extend our programming to youth and families and build a model that can be self-sustaining. The grant also enables us to invest in greatly needed technology to help us become more efficient with our operations. That will allow us to allocate the resulting cost savings to serving more people.”

Covenant House Georgia is a leader in providing shelter and other services to homeless, runaway and throwaway youth ages 18 to 21. The organization’s goal is to help stabilize youth in crisis and work with them toward attaining self-sufficiency through counseling and life skills training as well as education and vocational training.