Abayomi Community Development Corporation, Racquet Up Detroit announced as 2022 Neighborhood Builders Awardees

DETROIT, Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Bank of America celebrates its annual "Day of Giving," connecting more than 100 employees with the bank's community partners to volunteer with organizations helping to advance economic mobility and racial equality in Detroit. In addition to the volunteer visits, the day includes a small business roundtable, a luncheon with bank teammates and partners, and a special "GIVE" celebration event.

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In 2022, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation Detroit Market awarded more than $3.6 million in community giving grants to 64 Metro Detroit area nonprofits. Overall, Bank of America Corporation contributed more than $6.6 million in Michigan through grants, investments, sponsorships, and engagements. These partnerships focus on ensuring individuals and families in Michigan have access to tools and resources improving economic mobility, and to essential services such as emergency shelter, affordable housing, access to food, and financial education.

"Any time we can volunteer and work with our community partners to create consistent pathways to employment, job training and job creation, entrepreneurship and stable neighborhoods, we will do it," said Matt Elliott, President, Bank of America Michigan. "As Metro Detroit families continue to work toward a better future, Bank of America will continue to work by their side whenever we can to deliver the support they need through our trusted partners."

Organizations receiving grants this year include:

Abayomi CDC

Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS)


College for Creative Studies (Design Core)

Accounting Aid Society

Connect Detroit  

Alternatives for Girls

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

American Red Cross of SE Michigan

Detroit Educational Television

Arab American National Museum

Detroit Impact Inc.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit

Detroit LISC

Brilliant Detroit

Detroit PAL

Build Institute

Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation Inc.

Catholic Charities of Southeastern Michigan

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

Chaldean American Ladies of Charity

Develop Detroit  

Chaldean Community Foundation

Michigan Science Center 

Flint Institute of Arts

Midnight Golf Program

Focus Hope

Motown Museum

Food Gatherers

New ERA Community Group Inc.

Forgotten Harvest

NPower Inc.

Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan

Pope Francis Center  

Global Detroit

Racquet Up Detroit

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit

The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division

Great Lakes Women's Business Council

SAY Detroit

Greening of Detroit

SER-Metro Detroit Jobs for Progress

Habitat for Humanity Detroit

South Oakland Shelter

Habitat for Humanity International

Southwest Economic Solutions


Teach for America Inc.

Invest Detroit Foundation

The Edison Institute (The Henry Ford)

Jefferson East Inc.

The Greening of Detroit

Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

The Michigan Women's Foundation

Jewish Vocational Service and Community Workshop

The Wright Museum of African American History

Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan

United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Michigan Community Resources

Wayne State Medical

Michigan Humane Society

Wayne State University Research & Technology Park

Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC)

YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit


Bank of America's Day of Giving includes a small business roundtable with local partners to discuss the current business environment and identify opportunities to provide support. It will end with GIVE, an event celebrating the bank's local partners, this year's Student Leaders®, and its 2022 Neighborhood Builders awardees.

Abayomi Community Development Corporation (Abayomi CDC) and Racquet Up Detroit are Detroit's 2022 Neighborhood Builders. Each organization will receive $200,000 in flexible funding, as well as comprehensive leadership training for their leadership teams that will cover topics ranging from increasing financial sustainability, human capital management, and strategic storytelling. They also will join a network of peer organizations across the U.S. and get the opportunity to access capital to expand their impact.

Established in 1998, Abayomi CDC was founded on principles of faith, family and personal achievement. As a human services organization, Abayomi strives to provide access to housing, education, arts, wellness, and economic resources to all members of the community.

A bank partner since 2008, Abayomi CDC will use the Neighborhood Builders grant for facility renovations and to launch their new community wellness program, 'Be Well'. The program will allow Abayomi CDC to catalyze, motivate, and sustain individual and communal efforts towards improving physical, mental, and emotional health.

"Abayomi is honored to be an awardee of the Neighborhood Builders Initiative through Bank of America. We look forward to continuing our efforts to uplift Detroiters and build strong families for the future," said Hannah Morris, Deputy Director, Abayomi CDC.

Racquet Up Detroit serves Detroit students from fifth grade through college, offering academic support and world-class coaching in squash.

The bank has worked with Racquet Up Detroit since 2016. The organization's leaders plan to use their Neighborhood Builders grant to expand enrollment in their afterschool youth development program, launch new programming beyond the afterschool hours in partnership with neighborhood schools, and to support their Career Pathways program.

"The Bank of America Neighborhood Builders award is a game-changer for Racquet Up Detroit, as it will enable us to make good on the promise of our new facility by activating the spaces for community impact," said Derek Aguirre, executive director, Racquet Up Detroit. "Specifically, we will grow enrollment and serve more kids and families, while also adding broader community programs to increase access to the sport of squash, educational support, and other resources.  And, perhaps most importantly, we will be able to make valuable investments in the leadership of the organization thanks to the development and training opportunities provided. We are thrilled to have Bank of America behind us in these important ways."

In the last decade, Bank of America awarded $39 million in support to fund partner initiatives, and its employee volunteers have spent thousands of hours on the ground helping to strengthen these important organizations.

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