Allen & Allen honored former Hometown Hero Angela Patton with a $1,000 donation to support Girls For A Change. Patton, created this nonprofit to empower Black girls in Central Virginia “…to visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development, innovation, and social change in their communities. Our mission is to prepare Black girls for the world and the world for Black girls.”
The organization runs an Immersion Lab, a professional development center where young women earn certifications with online programs and apps. They maintain a Learning Garden, where they cultivate plants while enjoying fresh air, sun, and physical activity. Their Girl Ambassador Program prepares these young women for the workforce, creating strong candidates for coveted jobs. These are but a few of many programs being spearheaded by Girls for a Change.
Attorney Bridget Long presented Patton and Girls For A Change with the $1,000 donation during Black Girl Rally at Virginia Union University. The event focused on youth entrepreneurship and addressing the disparities, successes, and solutions for Black women-owned businesses.
This donation is part of “Allen & Allen Cares: Helping Our Heroes,” a community giving program that honors organizations with which Allen & Allen’s Hometown Hero recipients are associated. The program chooses a top-of-mind issue that communities are facing, which aligns with the firm’s mission of protecting the injured, and awards $1,000 donations to organizations working to address those issues.
“Angela is a pillar in the community, and we’re grateful to have had the chance to meet her through our Hometown Heroes program in 2017. Since then, we’ve continued to follow her work and Girls For A Change,” said Edward Allen, President of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen. “Their work to empower and advocate for Black girls is critical to the vitality of our communities, and we’re thrilled to support their mission with this donation.”
For more information, visit Allen & Allen Cares: Helping Our Heroes.