“Essence has a strong commitment to equity and offsetting impacts of previous law enforcement policies that may have more severely impact minority communities,” said Essence SVP of Government Affairs, Dina Rollman. “This donation to the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Foundation will help emancipated foster youth succeed in college and provide a new level of support for minority and women-owned small businesses.”
$5,000 of the donation will be allocated to scholarships for emancipated foster youth who are registered at a community college, a four-year college or university. $3,500 is intended to support financial literacy programs for local public school students. $40,000 of the donation will be provided for support for small businesses owned or operated by minorities and women.
“We are very grateful Essence and Green Thumb chose the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Foundation for their generous support,” said Foundation Executive Director Paul Little. “These funds will be used to help local students and provide an enhanced level of support through the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce for women and minority-owned businesses in our community.”
Details of the programs being supported by the donation will be coming soon from the Pasadena Chamber.