In 2020, we launched the Shauna M. Sorrells Program to provide a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit that dedicates meaningful services and programs to women and children, especially women of color. Shauna dedicated her life to making a difference, primarily in affordable housing and found creative ways to address the holistic needs of families and children through the provision of stable housing in a supportive community setting. By addressing health, education, employment and housing needs, Shauna's leadership helped tens of thousands of people for years to come. Shauna’s career included working for the American Academy of Family Physicians, the United Way and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As the Director of the Office of Public Housing Programs for HUD, she received several awards, including four Secretarial Awards from Secretaries Jackson, Preston and Donovan, as well as an Assistant Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for exceptional efforts. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County. She served on several boards, including the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and Homes for America. Most important of all, she was a proud mom to her son, Isaiah. During her short time with us from 1972-2019, she made a significant impact. The purpose of this award is to honor her legacy and continue her work by making a difference within communities most in need.
Votes will be accepted from 7pm on Nov. 23 through 7pm Dec. 14. You can check back to see vote totals until 9am Dec. 14 when totals will be hidden but votes can still be cast until 7pm that night.
Cast your vote to determine the 2020 recipient of the $10,000 Inaugural Shauna M. Sorrells Grant.
Youth-led organization designed to empower Black Africans, particularly adolescent girls and young women to be upskilled, educated and empowered.
Award would help:
To fund She is Empowered (ShE) program, which is a one-year online development program for women and girls in several countries focused on leadership, upskilling, social entrepreneurship, advocacy, African feminism and mentorship.
For 3 Sisters
To provide financial support and resource case management services to women affected by breast cancer with one-third of participants coming from Baltimore and primarily low-income and women of color.
Award would help:
To improve the quality of life of women affected by breast cancer and expand access to health information for under-resourced and low-income communities, often communities of color, and launch the Power of ONE initiative to deliver health information specifically to African American women across the country.
To serve Black, Brown and Latino K-12 students from underserved and underrepresented communities across the country through STEM learning in after school and camp programs.
Award would help:
To extend SciTech2U’s after school program focused on the science of energy retrieval and provide free and low tuition camps for students in underserved and underrepresented communities that is online during COVID.
Learn more about the semi-finalists and ways you can contribute here.
Applications are short and succinct. Visit the Online Application page to apply. You will be notified if selected as a top three finalist by November 23, 2020. The criteria for becoming a finalist includes making a meaningful impact for women and children, especially women of color. The committee selecting the top three candidates includes the G2G team and Isaiah, the son of Shauna M. Sorrells. Online voting begins for the public from November 23 through December 14, 2020. Each person may only vote once online, but you can rally your family, friends and communities and generate a grassroots push for your nonprofit. The organization with the most votes wins the award.
The other two runner-up organizations will be displayed prominently and are given the chance to share their work to elevate their profile among new potential donors. Ultimately, we hope for all three finalists to raise money through this program.