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Urban One launches nonprofit, donates $20K to battle COVID-19 pandemic

Silver Spring-based media company Urban One Friday announced the launch of Urban One Community Works Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that provides charitable assistance and services and donated a total of $20,000 to two organizations in their efforts to support students, families and the elderly in Washington and Maryland during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Urban One Community Works donated $15,000 to Martha’s Table, a nationally accredited education program that provides healthy meals for more than 15,000 Washington residents. The organization was selected for its demonstrated capacity, infrastructure and commitment to the community for the past 40 years.

Another $5,000 grant went to From Streets to Skills, a nonprofit social services organization which has partnered with Urban One on various community initiatives for more than 30 years. It is a small grassroots, family outreach resource center created to help senior citizens, veterans, the working poor, homeless adults and families, and youth who and are living in adverse circumstances, facing eviction, or domestic violence. From Streets to Skills is staffed by volunteers and relies solely on donations, in-kind contributions and fundraising.

Urban One formed Urban One Community Works to commemorate its 40th anniversary, which it celebrates this year. The organization was established as an extension of the mission of Urban One founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes and CEO Alfred Liggins to be of service to the African American community. Its mission is to provide support to organizations and programs that work to strengthen and improve the quality of life of African Americans in the communities in which it operates.

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