CAMDEN, NJ — Impact100 South Jersey, a special interest fund within the Community Foundation of South Jersey, has granted $100,000 to Camden organization LUCY Outreach.

In all, $193,500 was awarded to four non-profits in South Jersey, and announced during the program's annual virtual meeting June 10. 

The women who make up Impact100 South Jersey, a global initiative that began in 2017 and has awarded more than $424,000 to area nonprofits, aims at “transforming communities.”

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The grant will help LUCY Outreach expand its Trauma-Informed Care Services, “and the integration of those principles and practices into their organizational culture.”

“We just haven’t had the capacity to delve deeper into a lot of the day-to-day challenges that staff are facing, and youth themselves have been through,” Kristin Prinn, executive director and founder of the LUCY Outreach told TAPinto Camden on Tuesday. 

Based in East Camden, the organization helps hundreds of mentees in Camden city and the county at large. It has continued to do so even during the COVID-19 pandemic, with plans for summer programs — which will be a combination of in-person and online — underway.

“The grant will allow us to make important leadership hires and have a board in place to help us become a trauma-informed agency,” Prinn said. 

New hires will include a program director and a part-time therapist ideally with a clinical background to address childhood trauma and crisis intervention issues. 

Camden’s Cathedral Kitchen, which hasn’t slowed down in its mission to feed the most vulnerable in the region, was also awarded $7,500.

Impact 100 said that The Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel and Family Promise of Southwestern New Jersey in Glassboro each received $43,000 in general operating grants as well. 

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