PHOTO CAPTION: Children at Oasis participate in after-school programming for academic enrichment and social skill development.
PATERSON, NJ – In honor of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back, The Charles Lafitte Foundation donated $10,000 to Oasis, a haven for women and children in poverty. The donation will support Oasis’ educational programs and support services.
“We are extremely grateful for generosity from the Charles Lafitte Foundation that will help us continue to aid women and children in our community every day,” said Sister Gloria Perez, executive director, Oasis. “Grants like these are critical in allowing us to fulfill our mission of helping women and children meet their basic needs, and providing programs and services to help them achieve their fullest potential.”
Oasis provides educational programming and critical support services to women and children living in poverty. At Oasis, all of a woman’s basic needs are met, including food, clothing and shelter. Through Oasis’ Adult Education programs, women attend classes to advance their literacy levels, improve their language skills, and hone their job skills in order to become self-sufficient. Youth development programs, including an after-school program and summer camp, are available to help children learn respect, teamwork and tolerance for one another, as well as promote healthy and productive habits.
“On #GivingTuesday, we are pleased to give back and support an organization like Oasis that so closely mirrors are philosophy at CLF,” said Jennifer Vertetis, president, The Charles Lafitte Foundation. “With its integrated approach to the problems of chronic hunger and poverty, Oasis not only provides immediate assistance for women and children, but also provides the guidance that will lead to independence and self-empowerment.”
About The Charles Lafitte Foundation
The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying and enriched lives. The Foundation supports organizations working in four main areas: education, children’s advocacy, medical research & issues, and the arts. The Foundation underwrites programs that can become self-sustaining with long-term commitment and measurable impact. In determining grants, CLF looks for solutions that lead to independence and self-empowerment for individuals, and to the establishment of effective, long-standing programs and organizations. For more information about the Charles Lafitte Foundation visit www.charleslafitte.org.