Winner in Humanitarian Action & Services Campaign - Non-Profit Awareness & Media Categories for The 3rd Annual Anthem Awards.
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Crystal Perry, Founder | CEO of Melanated PEARL Inc Announced as a [Silver] Winner in Humanitarian Action & Services Campaign - Non-Profit Awareness & Media Categories for The 3rd Annual Anthem Awards.
[Hampton, GA] — [January 31, 2024] – [Crystal Perry] announced today that Melanated PEARL Inc it is a Silver Anthem Winner for the FY 5 Emergency Assistance and Rapid Rehousing Program - in The 3rd Annual Anthem Awards.
This year’s Anthem Award Winners were selected from a pool of over 2,000 submissions from 44 countries by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Anthem judges are intellectually diverse leaders from across the impact industry with expertise that spans across the Anthem cause areas. IADAS members include: Heather Dowdy, Director of Product Accessibility, Netflix; Alex Amouyel, President & CEO, Newman’s Own Foundation; Noel Kinder, Chief Sustainability Officer, Nike; Shaniqua McClendon, Vice President of Politics, Crooked Media/Vote Save America; Rawle Andrews Jr., Esq., Executive Director, American Psychiatric Association Foundation; Alison Moore, CEO, Comic Relief US; Christina Lang, Vice President of North American Marketing, Mozilla; Michelle Waring, Steward for Sustainability and Everyday Good, Tom’s of Maine; and more.
“The Anthem Awards were born out of the desire to amplify and celebrate the voices that are creating sustainable change and to inspire others to take action,” said Patricia McLoughlin, Anthem Awards General Manager. “In a year where so much is at stake, it is incredibly important to recognize impact work and celebrate the progress happening globally. Congratulations to all of this year’s Winners.”
By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities. A portion of program revenue is allocated to the Anthem Award’s grant program, The Anthem Fund. This year the Anthem Fund partnered with Billion Oyster Project to support their work to restore and conserve New York’s waterways.
About [Melanated PEARL Inc]: Melanated PEARL Inc is a nonprofit organization in Clayton County, Georgia, dedicated to empowering and uplifting women of color. As part of this mission, the organization has provided critical support to homeless women and families in the area for the past five years. The organization offers services and programs to address the immediate needs of people experiencing homelessness and housing instability, including emergency rental assistance, transitional housing, job training and placement, mental health and substance abuse counseling, and financial literacy workshops. Melanated Pearl also provides resources for basic needs such as food, clothing, and hygiene.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
In FY 5 Melanated PEARL distributed $1.7 million to implemented its ERAP1 Emergency Housing Program, designed to provide short-term assistance to individuals and families who were experiencing a crisis situation between November 2022 to March 2023. Participants were placed in emergency housing for a period of up to 90 -120 days. The program was intended to provide a safety net for those who are experiencing homelessness and help them get back on their feet and achieve long-term stability.
Goals & Objectives
The program’s primary objective was to help individuals and families secure safe and stable housing as quickly as possible. The program offers a range of services including emergency shelter, case management, and referrals to community resources.
Results & Impact
Melanated PEAL Inc placed 150 individual and families during the coldest month in GA and offered case management services to identify and address the challenges that led to their homelessness, such as job loss, substance abuse, or mental health issues.
About The Anthem Awards:
Launched in 2021 by The Webby Awards, The Anthem Awards honors the purpose & mission-driven work of people, companies and organizations worldwide. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, we’re defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their own communities. The Anthem Awards honors work across seven core causes: Diversity; Equity & Inclusion; Education; Art & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology; and Sustainability, Environment & Climate. Founded in partnership with the Ad Council, Born This Way Foundation, Feeding America, Glaad, Mozilla, NAACP, NRDC, WWF, and XQ.
About The Webby Awards:
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites; Video; Advertising, Media & PR; Apps, Mobile, and Voice; Social; Podcasts; and Games. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received more than 13,500 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include Verizon, WP Engine, YouGov, Brandlive, Canva, NAACP, KPMG, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, MediaPost, Podcast Movement, and AIGA.
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Exciting News! Melanated PEARL's founder and CEO, Crystal Perry is thrilled to announce that she is building Community Champions with Hand Heart and Soul Project to serve the SNAP-Ed-eligible audience in Clayton County!
Together, we are dedicated to increasing physical activity and nutrition programming and support in the community. Here are our goals:
Goal 1: Build a Community Champion Program
By February 29, 2024, we aim to develop the Community Champion program curriculum with the support of an existing Clayton County "community champion."
Goal 2: Recruit 10 Potential Community Champions
We are looking for 10 passionate individuals, including youth, adults, and senior citizens, to participate in the program. Join us at the Northwest Library on January XX for our first meeting and make a difference in your community!
Goal 3: Monthly Training and Support
Once selected, community champions will convene for eight monthly meetings. These sessions will provide training and support on various topics, including nutrition education, physical activity, storytelling, building community relationships, social media, and developing messaging.
Goal 4: Action Issues and Micro-Grants
By September 29, 2024, our community champions will identify one or more action issues. To support these initiatives, they will receive micro-grants that will help turn their ideas into reality.
Goal 5: Clayton County Annual Gathering
Save the date! By September 29, 2024, we will host the Clayton County Annual Gathering. This event will bring together Community Champions, members of the Clayton Collaborative, and residents from SNAP-Ed eligible areas. Our aim is to educate community decision-makers about nutrition and physical activity, and together, we will develop an action plan to support the identified action issues.
Join us in making a positive impact in Clayton County! Together, we can create a healthier and more vibrant community. Stay tuned for updates and get ready to be a part of the change! #HandHeartSoulProject #ClaytonCountyCommunityChampions #HealthyLiving
Join Melanated Pearl Inc. in our Shoe Drive Fundraiser!
Quarter 1 : November - December 2023
Melanated Pearl Inc. is excited to announce our upcoming shoe drive fundraiser to support our FY6 program initiatives. We invite you to be a part of this collective community-friendly event as we come together to make a difference.
How Can You Help?
We kindly request your support by donating gently worn and new shoes. By contributing to our shoe drive, you'll not only be helping us raise funds but also making a positive impact on the lives of those in need.
Shoes are more than just a fashion statement; they provide protection, comfort, and dignity. Your donated shoes will be given a new lease on life, benefiting individuals and communities who lack access to proper footwear.
Let's Make a Difference Together!
By participating in our shoe drive, you'll be joining a community of compassionate individuals dedicated to empowering others. Your contribution will help us continue our vital work in supporting our FY6 program initiatives.
Help Us Reach Our Goal!
Our goal is to collect as many shoes as possible during November and December. Every pair counts, so please spread the word and encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to participate.
Get Involved Today!
To donate your gently worn or new shoes, please visit our website at www.melanatedpearl.org. Together, we can make a difference and create a brighter future for all.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to your generous contributions!
Melanated Pearl Inc.
As a society, we often overlook the challenges faced by low-income individuals and families who are trying to make ends meet. One particular issue that deserves attention is the burden of high rent, especially when it consumes more than 50% of their income. For those already in low-income jobs, such as single mothers with children, this financial strain becomes even more pronounced. In addition to the exorbitant cost of housing, the expenses associated with daycare and medical needs further exacerbate the problem, creating a barrier to achieving stability.
The reality is that many low-income families find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle, struggling to maintain their rent payments while simultaneously juggling the costs of childcare and healthcare. With limited financial resources, these families are often forced to make difficult choices, compromising their well-being and future prospects. This situation is further compounded by the lack of adequate funding for training and skills development programs that could potentially help these primary guardians gain new skills and increase their earning potential.
At Melanated Pearl Inc, we witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by low-income families through our Rapid Rehousing strategy. Our aim was to assist five families in transitioning from homelessness to having a stable home. However, after nine months of implementation, our Board of Directors made the difficult decision to end the case study. The reason behind this was that four out of the five families consistently struggled to maintain their rental payments.
In the sixth month alone, three of the original families had to be replaced, and their replacements also faced the same difficulties in making timely monthly rental payments. This unexpected turn of events has created an additional financial burden of $25,000.00, which has depleted the funds needed to cover move-in costs for new families.
This experience highlights the urgent need for a comprehensive approach to address the housing crisis faced by low-income families. Merely providing temporary shelter or short-term solutions is not enough. We must invest in long-term solutions that address the root causes of this problem.
First and foremost, there is a pressing need for affordable housing options that do not consume an unreasonable portion of a family's income. Additionally, greater investment in childcare subsidies and healthcare support would alleviate the financial strain faced by low-income families, allowing them to focus on improving their overall stability.
Furthermore, it is crucial to allocate sufficient funding to training and skills development programs that empower individuals to acquire new skills and increase their earning potential. By equipping them with the tools they need to secure better job opportunities, we can break the cycle of poverty and create a pathway to long-term stability.
It is time for society as a whole to recognize that the struggles faced by low-income families are not isolated incidents but systemic issues that require our collective attention and action. We must advocate for policies that prioritize affordable housing, childcare support, and access to healthcare, while also ensuring adequate funding for training and skills development programs.
Together, we can create a society where no one has to choose between paying rent and meeting their basic needs. Let us work towards a future where stability and opportunity are within reach for all, regardless of their income level.
A message from the host : Ladonna Hampton
An effective community is one that is united. The fall season can be celebrated by working toward Emotional, Economic, Physical, and Spiritual Unity.
Everyone, remember November 11th, 2023! third annual Unity Fall is being held from 3 to 7 p.m.
We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the amazing volunteers, service providers, and nonprofit partners who generously supported the Melanated PEARL Corporation storage organizing event in Monterey Village Apartments on October 28, 2023, from 9-12PM in Jonesboro, GA.
Thanks to your dedication and hard work, we were able to accomplish incredible results. Together, we folded over 500 pieces, sorted and hung over 300 pieces of clothing, including dresses, suits, and seasonal items, as well as over 250 pairs of shoes.
Your commitment to making a difference in our community is truly inspiring. By giving your time and energy, you have helped us create a more organized and accessible storage space for Melanated Pearl Inc. This will have a lasting impact on our ability to serve those in need.
We are immensely grateful for your support and look forward to continuing our partnership in future endeavors. Your contributions have made a significant difference, and we cannot thank you enough for being a part of this incredible event.
Melanated PEARL speaks at Cross Culture 365 Ministries and Community Social Justice, Equitable Housing, Economics, and Employment webinar
Melanated PEARL Inc Announces Fundraiser for OysterShell Cohort 2 to Support Rapid Rehousing Program
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Melanated PEARL Inc
Contact: Crystal Perry
Melanated PEARL Inc Announces Fundraiser for OysterShell Cohort 2 to Support "Hotel to Home" Rapid Rehousing Program for FY 6 (October 2023 - September 2024)
Hampton, GA - Melanated PEARL Inc, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to creating positive change in our community, is thrilled to announce a fundraising campaign in collaboration with OysterShell Cohort 2 and Selected Community Partners. The goal of the campaign is to raise $200,000 to support the implementation of our new rapid rehousing program entitled Hotel to Home. This program aims to select 25 families currently experiencing homelessness and transition them to housing stability. Additionally, the program will provide customized wraparound services for up to 12 months, ensuring the families have the necessary support to thrive.
The rapid rehousing program led by Melanated Pearl, Inc. is an innovative and compassionate approach to tackling homelessness in our community. By providing families with not only secure housing but also the essential services and support they need, the program lays a foundation for their long-term success and stability.
The $200,000 fundraising goal will directly support the operational costs of the rapid rehousing program, including securing housing units, furnishing them, covering essential expenses such as rent and utilities, and wrap-around services . By assisting these families in securing a stable place to call home, we can break the cycle of homelessness and help them build a brighter future.
The OysterShell CCCII Cohort 2 is encouraging community members, businesses, and philanthropic organizations to come together and support this vital cause by making a donation to the campaign. Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of these families and create lasting change in our community.
Donations can be made via the fundraising platform,
Link: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTg1Mzk4: or via the QR code.
Every contribution, no matter the size, will make an impact and bring us closer to our fundraising goal.
In addition to financial contributions, Melanated PEARL Inc is also seeking volunteers and partnership opportunities to help ensure the success of the rapid rehousing program. If you or your organization is interested in getting involved, please reach out via email email@example.com for further details.
By supporting Melanated Pearl, Inc.'s rapid rehousing program, we not only uplift the families experiencing homelessness but also foster a stronger, more compassionate community. Together, we can create a future where every family has a safe and stable home.
For more information about the campaign or to make a donation, please visit www.melanatedpearl.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About Melanated PEARL Inc
Melanated Pearl is a nonprofit organization in Clayton County, Georgia, dedicated to empowering and uplifting women of color. As part of this mission, the organization has provided critical support to homeless women and families in the area for the past five years. The organization offers services and programs to address the immediate needs of people experiencing homelessness and housing instability, including emergency rental assistance, transitional housing, job training and placement, mental health and substance abuse counseling, and financial literacy workshops. Melanated Pearl also provides resources for basic needs such as food, clothing, and hygiene. However, Melanated Pearl can better serve the homeless population in Clayton County by consolidating existing initiatives and restructuring services under a Rapid Re-housing strategy.
About OysterShell CCCII Cohort 2:
The OysterShell Collective Community Collaborative Impact Initiative is a community and nonprofit leadership development, networking and partnership group that works collaboratively to address issues that impact the community. Several community partners have joined forces to support Melanated PEARL’s FY 6 Rapid Rehousing Strategy that offers up to 12 months of housing support and wrap-around services to up to 25 families - moving women and families from Hotel to Home!
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Melanated PEARL is a Greater Good Award Nominee for the 6th annual Moxie Awards which will be held on Friday, August 25th at Gas South Convention Center. This exciting program will recognize women who are making it happen and you are one of them!