A diverse representation of community leaders have come together as a Steering Committee in partnership with the Blue Mountain Community Foundation to launch a new support fund called the Running Waters Equity Fund.
We firmly believe there is an ongoing need to reflectively evaluate and actively address systemic inequities, which disproportionately impact racialized groups and other traditionally marginalized communities.
At the same time, there is an urgent need to address how these inequities have been amplified by COVID-19. We are in a cycle where an awareness of systemic racial inequities is increasingly being acknowledged, and the time is now to focus our work on racial equity which will positively impact equity for traditionally underrepresented communities.
An equitable community in the Blue Mountain Region
A Community that is:
A Model of Collaboration, Partnership, and, Innovation;
Uniquely Diverse, Beautiful, Vibrant, and Connected;
Reinvesting Culturally, Spiritualy, and Economically;
Creating the Best Opportunity for Everyone to Live, Learn, Work, and Play.
The Fund will support culturally relevant programs, services, and activities in the Blue Mountain region that are working to end the systems that cause and perpetuate inequities in our community. The fund will support grants that:
Are aimed at lessening the inequities caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis in or for communities of color, and;
Have leadership or boards who are reflective of and accountable to communities of color.