Roxanne Martinez was featured in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram regarding her work with the FARE grant.
Children in the North Side and Diamond Hill neighborhoods are learning to trust police by playing soccer and other sports. People living in the Las Vegas Trail area have a say in making their neighborhood a safer place and are getting much-needed information about COVID-19.
Both efforts are possible thanks to grants from the Fund to Advance Racial Equity (FARE) through the North Texas Community Foundation, and its partners Rainwater Charitable Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, The Miles Foundation, and other philanthropic investors.
On Monday the community foundation will open its second round of applications for the FARE grants.
Roxanne Martinez, a board member with the Diamond Hill North Side Youth Association, said the grant funding helped children build trust with police officers in their neighborhoods.
“We were really excited to get the grant because we were able to expand some of our programs that had a lack of funding,” she said.
Martinez said the youth association was able to help 200 additional children this year, thanks to the FARE grant.
Police officers also helped distribute food and backpacks filled with school supplies because of the grant, Martinez said.