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Nov
17
2020
by
Jessica Pleguezuelos

CLUES Receives Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award

CLUES is proud to announce that it was selected this year as one of only two Twin Cities non-profit organizations to receive the prestigious 2020 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® award.  CLUES and Pillsbury United Communities were selected for their work addressing economic mobility, specifically furthering the economic and social progress of individuals and families in low- to moderate-income communities.

Neighborhood Builders is one of Bank of America’s signature philanthropic programs with two key components including a grant of $200,000 and a yearlong leadership training program for the executive director and an emerging leader in the organization.  The Neighborhood Builders leadership development program has been recognized as one of the nation’s largest philanthropic investments in nonprofit leadership development.

CLUES will use the Neighborhood Builder grant to respond to the COVID-19 crisis which has had profound impacts on Latino communities in Minnesota.  The new funding will enable CLUES to expand and adapt their response in support individuals and families in meeting their basic needs and in navigating the current economic situation. The Neighborhood Builder grant will also support their work in shifting systems and policies that create inequities and barriers for meeting basic needs.

“Redlining and barriers to opportunity continue to create access gaps for Latino households that are already cost-burdened with a lack of affordable housing and healthcare, sustainable wage jobs, and basic needs. CLUES cultural resources and leadership to shape socio-economic mobility and wellbeing for Latinos are more critical today than ever before.  The Neighborhood Builder Award recognizes our role in community development and asset-building and retention efforts and provides investment to advance wealth-building initiatives so that Latinos can prosper and thrive in Minnesota,” stated Ruby Lee, CLUES our President and CEO.

CLUES is truly grateful for Bank of America’s commitment to build thriving communities through the Neighborhood Builders award and for their generous support of CLUES to transform the lives of the Latino community in Minnesota.

To learn more, read the Bank of America press release.

Jessica Pleguezuelos

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