Black America, I was wowed by the Community for Life Foundation scholarship Sunday program held at Now Word Covenant Church in San Antonio, Texas. I think the church - nonprofit model is an excellent example of how a unified body can come together and produce huge dividends for their community. Often times we focus so much on what is the church asking from us or what a nonprofit is asking from us, but in the end, we need to celebrate what we call great stewardship. I was proud to see the many Black students who were recognized with scholarships up to $2,000 and some received more!
So, what is the Community for Life Foundation? The Community for Life Foundation was founded by Keith and Denetrice Graham in 2001. This non-profit 501 (c) (3) philanthropic organization is designed to educate, enrich and empower individuals who desire to make a positive contribution to improve the lives of others in our community locally to make an impact globally. Based upon the Biblical principle they "are to provide care for the stranger in our gates”, the Community for Life Foundation recognizes that the advancement of our community and nation is inextricably linked to giving assistance to those who are need of assistance through our educational excellence scholarships, community partnership, family foundation, and economic stewardship."
Their website http://www.cflfoundation.org, says, "Over the years the Community for Life Foundation have provided food to the poor, mentorship to the young, life skill training for adults and thousands of dollars to assist with educational goals of hundreds of individuals to help them accomplish their goals to make a contribution to make a positive difference for others in their lifetime. Today we continue to do so with the support of hundreds of dedicated financial supporters and volunteers. The Community for Life Foundation represents not only the heart of its Founders and Executive Board Members but a community of people who have come together to give a “hand up” to those who desire to live not for themselves but to serve others to make a transformational difference one person at a time locally to reach the world globally."
On Sunday, the foundation awarded $32,000 to add to the more than half million dollars that have helped sustain the educational needs of over 190 students. The foundation had remarks from Mayor Nirenberg, US Congressman Will Hurd, Texas A&M San Antonio President Cynthia Teniente Matson, the talented MojoRimba, and Robert Elefante, a Junior at University of Texas in Austin who dedicates the majority of his time to LSGM, a non-profit organization that trains disabled students to play the piano.
The growth of the program was credited to San Antonio Business Journal's "Man of the Year" Dr. Lawrence Scott - who is faculty at Texas A&M University San Antonio campus and now contributes to the San Antonio Observer. Under his leadership the community foundation "empowered the individuals lives to make a contribution in their lifetime to help others locally to make an impact globally" said guest speaker, Texas A&M San Antonio President Matson. You can see the video of the service - it was a model of excellence of the San Antonio community!