Bank of America and Phyllis Wheatley Community Center to support North Minneapolis with COVID-19 Resources and Emergency Services
Bank of America and Phyllis Wheatley Community Center to support North Minneapolis residents with COVID-19 resources and emergency services.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (NOVEMBER 20, 2020) -- Phyllis Wheatley Community Center (PWCC) has received a grant from Bank of America to support COVID-19 emergent services in the African American community in North Minneapolis.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, Black Minnesotans are testing positive for COVID-19 at a rate of four times higher than white Minnesotans.
With the support of Bank of America, PWCC will be able to provide direct support services to North Minneapolis residents, with a focus on those who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 including essential workers and the unemployed.
The direct support services provided by PWCC include: medical and preventive health care services; COVID-19 community testing sites; childcare, groceries and prepared meals for essential workers; and other emergent services.
PWCC’s Executive Director, Suzanne Fuller Burks shared, “With this grant, PWCC will be able to grow and evolve our emergent services program for families in the community during the pandemic. Bank of America’s $50,000 gift will enable us to make a difference in the lives of families who really need the support.”
“The Phyllis Wheatley Community Center is a resource that the families of North Minneapolis have come to rely on for almost 100 years,” said Katie Simpson, Twin Cities Market President for Bank of America. “We are happy to support PWCC so that they can support these families who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic.”
PWCC is located in the north Minneapolis community, which is comprised of 88% people of color. According to the Minneapolis Health Department, over 62% have a high school diploma or less, 75% are below 200% of poverty, and 24% are unemployed. Most PWCC families are earning wages below poverty guidelines, so we provide additional support, including access to housing, childcare, and financial assistance. During this pandemic crisis, PWCC is continuing to provide outreach and support to the children, youth, adults, and families in which we have built relationships. These individuals and families cannot afford to lose any more ground due to this crisis. Additionally, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, "in 2017, African Americans were 20% more likely to die from heart disease and asthma than non-Hispanic whites.
African American women were 60% more likely to have high blood pressure, as compared to non-Hispanic white women." Coupled with our current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are significant health disparities present in our PWCC community.
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