Positive Community Outreach In The Greater Essex County Area
DORSON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION CELEBRATES OUR YOUTH THROUGH COMMUNITY AND FASHION
On Saturday, April 9, Dorson Community Foundation of East Orange held its fifth annual “Spring Splendor” – a fundraising fashion show and dinner dance celebrating our youth through community and fashion. The elegantly formal function held at The Atrium in West Orange featured a fierce fashion show by local designers Tyrone Chablis and Josey Wynette and a vibrant keynote address by Otis L. Story, Sr., the new President and CEO of East Orange General Hospital, who urged the community to inspire and invest in East Orange’s youth. Dorson Community Foundation also used the night to honor the community efforts of the Montego Bay High School Alumni Association of New York, as well as Bibi Taylor, the First Lady of East Orange and the Director of the Department of Finance and County Treasurer for Union County.
The event was attended by many dignitaries of the community, including John Sowell, representing the Mayor of Irvington, Dr. A. Zachary Yamba, the past President of Essex County College, as well as Matt Goldberg, a member of the Board of Directors for the Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation with an endowment of over $1 billion. It is at the event that Mr. Goldberg announced Lumina’s new partnership with Dorson Community Foundation and Lumina’s pledge of $36,000 to sponsor six Dorson students to attend summer programs this year at Cornell University.
Since 1992, it has been the mission of Dorson Community Foundation to provide inner-city youth, in Essex and surrounding counties, with enrichment programs designed to create an outlet and a meaningful alternative lifestyle to one involving drugs and gangs. At its 280 South Harrison Street office, the organization hosts a plethora of programs. It’s SAT prep classes for high school students runs every Monday and Wednesday year-round, and their business and computer classes for kids run every Saturday morning from 10-12pm in their free computer lab, which is open daily.
Additionally, Dorson Community Foundation offers mentorship opportunities for students through their new Career Development Program, which is a Saturday morning workshop series partnering black professionals with high school students. The organization also runs an annual STEM Symposium called the National African-American Youth Initiative Program, which is sponsored by the National Medical Association. Annually, the organization runs a popular Toys for Tots and Winter Coat Drive, providing over 300 toys and 50 winter coats to low-income families during the holiday season, as well as a Feed the Homeless Initiative every Thanksgiving, distributing over 200 dinners to the needy at Newark Penn Station.
Due to the lack of state funding, it is through community fundraisers, like last weekend’s fashion show, that Dorson Community Foundation is able to continue to run its programs. Dorson Community Foundation looks forward to the continued support from the community and hopes to expand upon its programs in the future.
For more information about any of the programs or upcoming fundraisers at Dorson Community Foundation, please contact founder Sonia Scott at 973-951-1371.Read More
Dorson Community Foundation is Bringing You Exciting News!
This year six of Dorson Community Foundation’s NAAYI students were selected to receive scholarships from the Lumina Foundation to attend Cornell University Summer Program.
Photo: Matt Goldberg( middle), a member of the Board of Directors for the Lumina Foundation with Cornell University Summer Program recipients from Dorson Community Foundation.Read More