Maplewood nonprofits receive $2 million grants

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On Tuesday two Maplewood nonprofits, Nurses for Newborns (3 Sunnen Drive) and Sherwood Forest Camp (2708 Sutton Boulevard) each received a $2 million grant from MacKenzie Scott’s Yield Giving Open Call’s working with people and in places experiencing the greatest need in the United States.

Melinda Monroe, CEO of Nurses for Newborns, said only five nonprofits in St. Louis were chosen. “We’re over the moon,” she said. According to a press release, Nurses for Newborns will use the funds to extend their reach and assistance to more families in our community ensuring critical healthcare needs are met with compassion and dedication.”

Nurses for Newborns provides a safety net for families most at-risk in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect by providing in-home nursing visits which promote healthcare, education, and positive parenting skills, from their website.

Sherwood Forest’s Executive Director Addie Bond said in a press release,  “This funding will strengthen our organization, allow us to deepen our work with our current families and increase our ability to serve more children in our community, especially those who would otherwise not be able to access summer enrichment opportunities.”

Sherwood Forest serves children from low-income households and underserved communities in Missouri and Illinois, who live at or below the federal poverty line. We strive to establish and sustain long-term relationships with our campers, their families, and the agencies and schools that serve them. By balancing traditional camp adventures with evidence-based programs that reinforce and support school-year learning, Sherwood Forest connects with, educates, and inspires the youth of St. Louis, from the Sherwood Forest Camp website.

 

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