SoLa Impact’s I Can Foundation will provide up to 200 scholarships to South LA Residents Furloughed or Laid-off due to COVID-19
By: Angela Redding
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/27/2020–“As I continue to seek out ways to support underserved communities, I was struck by the unique multi-layered approach to effect real change to the systematic barriers of access to healthy food, quality health care, and educational opportunities,” said Winfrey.
South LA families who have been furloughed, laid-off, had wages and or hours reduced due to the pandemic and possibly facing extreme poverty or homelessness now have an opportunity to overcome the seemingly impossible challenges surrounding them.
The COVID Retraining & Recovery (CORE) Fund—an educational and career-building initiative has been set up to specifically focus on enabling vocational degrees in healthcare and technology in an effort to create jobs and pathways to economic advancement for South LA’s predominantly Black and Latino community.
The CORE Fund, set up by SoLa Impact’s non-profit affiliate, SoLa I Can Foundation, will provide up to 200 scholarships to South LA Residents that have been laid-off or furloughed due to COVID-19.
Founding sponsors include:
NaHCO3, Ashley and Marc Merrill, (Founders of Lunya and Riot Games)
The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation
Oprah Winfrey reached out to organizations that were supporting needs arising from the pandemic, while also addressing systemic inequality and social justice. As part of the initiative, SoLa I Can Foundation partnered with two other non-profits, SEE-LA and Watts Healthcare Corporation, to establish “South LA Forward” to address the urgent needs of the community including food insecurity, access to healthcare, and economic disparity.
Winfrey’s Charitable Foundation donated three million dollars to the SoLa Impact’s CORE Fund in support of the South LA area.
Martin Muoto, CEO of SoLa Impact and a leading social impact investor in communities of color added:
The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation is guided by the intention of supporting those in need and supports many organizations around the world.