$225,000 in grant funding dedicated to organizations that are helping communities impacted by the coronavirus crisis
NEW YORK, NY – (May 14, 2020) – NBC 4 New York/WNBC, Telemundo 47/WNJU and the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation today announced a total of $225,000 in Project Innovation grants will be presented to seven organizations that are using innovation to tackle everyday problems and urgent COVID-19 needs in Tri-State communities. The non-profit organizations selected as Project Innovation 2020 grant recipients all exhibited flexibility with their programming and will use their funding to deliver services and programs that address the needs of those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
“Our Project Innovation winners are using innovative and creative approaches to fight food insecurity, support our elderly and develop new job skills amid the pandemic. They are making a positive impact in many of the Tri-State’s most affected communities, helping our neighbors rise above the current challenges. We are thrilled to join the NBCUniversal Foundation and our partners at Telemundo 47 by honoring these deserving non-profits,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York.
This year, a total of $2.475 million in Project Innovation grants have been awarded to not-profit organizations in 11 markets, including the New York/Tri-State Area market.
“Telemundo 47 is proud to join with WNBC and the NBCUniversal Foundation in recognizing these innovative non-profits. Our winners are using the latest technology, providing services and experiences, and are going above and beyond to help our communities during this challenging time,” said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47 New York.
Local Project Innovation 2020 grant recipients include:
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine - $40,000
Through its “Food Rescue Program” the group leverages technology to rescue food and goods that would otherwise be wasted to feed individuals in underserved and low-income communities. Based in New York City, the organization is rescuing food from food establishments such as grocery stores, food manufacturers, and restaurants in New York and 16 cities across the nation affected by COVID-19 and delivering the food to those in need. They are planning to launch more technology including a mobile app to increase food rescues to lessen the food needs in the communities it serves.
The Doe Fund, Inc. - $35,000
The Doe Fund develops and implements cost-effective, holistic programs that meet the needs of a diverse population working to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism. Participants in the Ready, Willing & Able - Welding Training Program will be trained to meet the growing demand for skilled welders in Brooklyn. With unemployment applications at a high, the training will help prepare individuals for high demand positions.
Digital Girl, Inc.- $30,000
Digital Girl Incorporated's mission is to empower the underserved youth, especially young girls, to pursue studies and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. One of the primary goals of the program is to stimulate an interest among young women of color in studies pertaining to STEM principles. The organization is currently offering daily, free-of-charge programs on a virtual basis, adapting student skills training to ensure continuity while supporting social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DOROT, Inc. - $30,000
DOROT, Inc. helps to alleviate social isolation among the elderly and provide services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. While temporarily shifting away from in-home visits, the organization has implemented a new Caring Calls program which connects volunteers with elders for weekly and twice-weekly phone calls and has shifted onsite programs to a virtual format. They to expand four of their existing volunteer-based programs through a partnership with Morningside Retirement Health and Services to serve seniors engaged by that community organization.
Qualitas of Life - $30,000
The mission of Qualitas of Life Foundation is to improve the standard of living of Hispanic individuals and their families, and to foster their financial health and security through financial education and asset building programs and activities. They are continuing to work with clients virtually offering financial support and resources for Hispanic families. The organization is working to move toward more online programming to meet the evolving needs of its clientele.
Sunrise Day Camp - $30,000
Sunrise's mission is to bring back the joys of childhood to children with cancer and their siblings world-wide through Day Camps, Year-Round Programs and In-Hospital Recreational Activities, all offered free of charge. They are adapting their programs including creating a new virtual-based initiative that will bring the magic of both camp and Sunrise on Wheels right into campers' homes and hospital rooms. The organization is also creating a guide to provide resources and referrals to the people they serve.
Tech Kids Unlimited - $30,000
Tech Kids Unlimited (TKU) helps students with autism spectrum, learning and emotional disabilities learn about and acquire the skills relevant for careers in technology. Workshops includes technical education and the development of work-based soft skills to achieve success in the marketplace. Currently, programs are in a virtual space and students are working on podcasts, creating logos, and making websites. The organization is also sharing relevant resources for students and parents on how to cope with the changes to routine and learning they are facing as a result of COVID-19.
Project Innovation applications opened on January 11 and closed on February 15. The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC/Telemundo owned stations reviewed applications virtually beginning March 2020. Applications were evaluated to determine groups’ ability to advance their communities in the areas of storytelling, community engagement, culture of inclusion and youth education, as well as their preparedness and capacity to deliver quality programming that meets the pressing needs that have developed in their communities during this unprecedented time.
Project Innovation 2020 grants were presented to eligible non-profit organizations in select markets including New York (WNBC, WNJU), Southern California (KNBC, KVEA), Chicago (WMAQ, WSNS), Philadelphia (WCAU, WWSI), Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS, KXTX), Boston (WBTS, WNEU, NECN), Hartford, CT (WVIT, WRDM), Washington, D.C. (WRC-TV, WZDC), Miami-Fort Lauderdale (WTVJ, WSCV), San Francisco Bay Area (KNTV, KSTS), and San Diego (KNSD, KUAN).
For a list of all Project Innovation 2020 winners can be found at NBCNewYork.com. Follow on social at @NBCUFoundation and #ProjectInnovation.
About NBC 4 New York / WNBC
NBC 4 New York / WNBC is the flagship station of the NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal, serving the New York Tri-State area with an unparalleled commitment to broadcast excellence for more than 75 years.
The station features New York’s largest investigative reporting team, the I-Team and includes Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Award-winning journalists who successfully track down the answers to the questions most important to viewers. Storm Team 4, the station’s trusted weather team, utilizes the most accurate and the most powerful weather technology available to keep Tri-State viewers informed and safe when severe weather strikes. This includes StormTracker 4, the only commercial high-frequency S-Band dual polarization fixed Doppler weather radar operating in the Northeast.
In addition to NBC 4 New York’s primary channel, other programming outlets include COZI TV, the station’s multicast channel, and out-of-home platforms, including TV screens in taxi cabs, elevators and aboard New York-New Jersey PATH trains. The station also delivers news and information across all platforms, including its dedicated website, mobile app and social media platforms.
About Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU
Telemundo 47 / WNJU is the Telemundo television station serving Spanish-speaking viewers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for more than 50 years. The Tri-State’s Spanish-language broadcasting channel for soccer, Telemundo 47 will offer exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the 2022 and 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup™ tournaments and the 2025 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ tournament.
Delivering more than 27 hours of locally-produced news, information and entertainment programming each week, Telemundo 47 offers comprehensive breaking news coverage and features the New York market’s only team of bilingual meteorologists, La Autoridad en El Tiempo, who use cutting-edge technology to keep viewers and their families safe and informed. This includes Tele Doppler 47, con tecnología S band, the most powerful and most accurate weather technology available.
Telemundo 47’s local consumer investigative unit, Telemundo Responde, returns every telephone call, responds to every electronic inquiry and has recovered more than $2 million for local viewers. The station also features Acceso Total, the region’s only local entertainment variety program with TeleXitos, the station’s multicast network, offering viewers many beloved, iconic television series in an easy-to-watch, comfortable Spanish-language format.
As a station, Telemundo 47 demonstrates its commitment to the communities it serves by cultivating local partnerships with organizations that reflect the diversity of the local market. Telemundo 47 also provides news and information across all platforms, online at Telemundo47.com, and via its dedicated mobile app and across social media.
About Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation
The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation works to advance initiatives at the cross-section of societal needs and Comcast NBCUniversal’s priorities. The Foundation supports programs and organizations that strive to move communities forward. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.
Aida E. Rosario (WNJU)
Alexandra Trochanowski (WNBC)