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SALUTE TO PARTNERS | Letter from the President

Updated: Sep 16, 2022

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the fall edition of the New York Urban League newsletter.

We are thrilled to celebrate our partners in this edition. Whether our partners are running marathons, fueling small businesses or supporting our educational programs and services, they collectively help us empower communities and change lives.

We are pleased to have a team running in the TCS Marathon in November. Five volunteer supporters will crisscross the city to achieve their athletic goals and along the way encourage friends and colleagues to support the New York Urban League. Ward Corbett and Bryant Fields are members of the New York Urban League Board of Directors and will lead our team this year. Two of our runners - Raghu Hariharan and Casey Wagner have completed the 26.2 miles in the past, but will join NYUL for the first time this year. And lastly returning is Mary Rice-Boothe who has run in the half-marathon or marathon for NYUL for the past five years. Look for more information on our website for how to support their fundraising and join our Cheering Section along the marathon route.

Through our partnership with UP Foundation, NYUL was also able to provide a cash grant to a small business owner who completed our 2022 Black Business Matters (BBM) business plan intensive. The inaugural BBM cohort participants attended 3-hour weekly sessions over ten weeks, supported with 1-1 and mini group instruction. Dr. Erica Otoo, founder of Eye Care About Sickle Cell, will receive $5000 as a result of our partnership. Eye Care About Sickle Cell is a community-based non-profit organization that fills a void in the Black community with eye care resources regarding sickle cell retinopathy.

NYUL is also pleased to share the story of our growing partnership with Fidelis Care. Fidelis Care provides quality, affordable health insurance coverage for more than 1.7 million children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life in New York State. They have partnered on our educational programs, our Diversity & Inclusion Lab and sent volunteers for our community efforts. Please read further to hear how our mission and values complement each other.

And lastly I was so honored to be featured as part of the Harlem is… Healing outdoor exhibition, presented by Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Group. The outdoor exhibit offers portraits and quotes from nine of 50 Harlem is. . . Healing honorees from all walks of life who have helped the community weather two years of pandemic and social justice turmoil. To find out more or to visit the exhibit - Harlem is HEALING

Thank you again to our partners and do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to join our efforts.

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