A monthlong Granville Homes fundraiser has raised almost $35,000 for Live Again Fresno, a nonprofit that benefits children who live in motels on Fresno’s Parkway Drive.
As of Wednesday morning, community donations to the fundraiser’s website on GoFundMe totaled $19,370, well past the dollar-match goal of $15,000 set by the Granville Relief Project. The current total for the fundraiser, which ends at midnight, stood at $34,370 Wednesday afternoon.
Donations range from $10 up to $5,000, including a $500 gift from the GoFundMe Gives Back program, through which GoFundMe staffers nominate fundraisers for donations of up to $5,000. The Gives Back program has donated millions of dollars since its inception, according to the organization’s Facebook page.
Live Again Fresno’s mission is to improve educational attainment and health outcomes for kids living in Parkway Drive motels, an area known for drugs and prostitution, while advocating to shorten motel tenancy.
Helping Kids in Need
The nonprofit opened a community resource center in the Addams Elementary School neighborhood in July 2019 and has enrolled more than 160 students in its after school program. Students can get a healthy meal, mentoring, and tutoring at the center.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity and continued support through contributions just like this that serve children who are our future in this city,” Live Again Fresno director Richard Burrell said. “Thank you for believing and thank you for supporting.”
Granville Homes partnered in the fundraiser with Mayor Jerry Dyer and his wife Diane, Fresno councilmembers Mike Karbassi and Miguel Arias, The Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce, and Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, interim president of Fresno State.
“2020 was probably the most challenging year our community, and our country, has ever faced,” said Darius Assemi, president and CEO of Granville Homes. “From financial and health issues to food insecurity, countless Valley nonprofits suddenly had to figure out how to address greater need with fewer resources. The Granville Relief Project is our way of thanking these organizations in two ways: By increasing awareness of the work these often-unnoticed nonprofits are doing, and by raising desperately needed funds so these organizations can continue to serve our community.
“I am so proud of our Valley for always stepping up in the hardest of times, and it is an honor and a privilege to help support the nonprofits that support our neighbors. Thank you, Fresno for all the donations made this month to the Granville Relief Project.”
Assemi also is publisher of GV Wire.
Dyer, who has made the issue of the unhoused a top priority in the early months of his administration, said organizations like Live Again Fresno give youngsters the tools to be successful in life.
“I count it an honor to have been a part of this fundraising effort,” he said. “So many of our children grow up in disadvantaged neighborhoods without the guidance needed to be successful in life. Live Again Fresno provides that guidance. Thank you for making a difference in our community by transforming the lives of our youth.”
Live Again Fresno’s community resource center provides a safe space where the youngsters can learn and thrive, said Tara Lynn Gray, president and CEO of The Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Foundation, adding: “Supporting our neighbors is at the heart of what we do at the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Foundation. … This has been a tremendous effort from the community that we are proud to be a part of!”