Community Group Works To Change Trenton Perception [AUDIO]
While crime and political corruption in Trenton continue to dominate the headlines, one area group is trying to build pride and unite the capital city.
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Formed in 2007, the I Am Trenton Community Foundation set out on a mission of make Trenton better through community engagement.
The charity searches for non-profits intending to help the city.
"What I Am Trenton helps to do is help to fund those types of organizations," said Board President Ali Wilson.
Money is raised throughout the calendar year in the Trenton and Mercer County areas, with a grant process beginning in the late summer. The board selects a few of these types of organizations and donates grants to support them, usually in October. The rest of the year is spent fundraising and uniting the city.
"Our community, our citizens, and those who love the city really think of I Am Trenton as a way of giving back as part of their community engagement," Wilson said.
Wilson says that right now Trenton is going through a lot of tough things, but, "there are a number of individuals, citizens, that are trying to do something different,"
He estimates that more than 20 grants at over ten thousand dollars have been spread around by I Am Trenton.
"If you scratch away that negativity, you see that there are many citizens that are trying a lot for the city."
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