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San Antonio Nonprofits Win More Than $400,000 in Grants

St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home and Witte Museum are part of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders ® program. The program works with 92 high-impact nonprofits across 44 U.S. cities and London. Bank of America provides each nonprofit with a $200,000 unrestricted grant and leadership training.

St. Peter – St. Joseph Children’s Home (St. PJ’s) mission is to serve the needs of children and families by providing a safe, nurturing community to heal body, mind and spirit, shape successful adults and break the cycle of abuse and neglect. The Witte Museum promotes lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage.

Bank of America is investing $20 million in the program this year, bringing the total commitment to $150 million since the program’s inception in 2004. The bank has invested 3.6 million in San Antonio since the program began. Bank of America is also recognizing five Local Heroes selected for their commitment to the highest standards in community service. Each Local Hero is given a $5,000 donation that they can direct to the nonprofit charity of his/her choice.

Local Heroes are:
Don D. Arispe/Community Leadership Institute
Pastor Rune Brannstrom/Nehemiah Initiative
Phyllis Bergen Jackson/Bexar County Detention Ministries·

Kelee Annemarie Lawn/Dreams Fulfilled Through Music
Robert LeBlanc/Communities In Schools of San Antonio

The program also awards paid internships and leadership training to five local high school students. The Student Leaders® were announced earlier this year.

To set up an interview with an award recipient and Bank of America representative, please reach Shenikwa Stratford at or 214-608-9260.

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