T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

To help you navigate these uncertain times, we’ve compiled timely news and resources related to small business, education and connectivity. We hope this provides both information and comfort as we continue to weather these challenges.

T.D. Jakes Foundation in action

On Thursday, April 16, the T.D. Jakes Foundation and the Global Leadership Forum (GLF) co-hosted a virtual forum focused on workforce issues in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM). The two-hour event, co-hosted by T.D. Jakes Foundation President and CEO Hattie Hill and GLF CEO Kendall Norris, featured experts from top nonprofit organizations, including NPower and the Brookings Institution. Check out the discussion here.

In the first installment of our Take Five series, Patrick Cohen, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at NPower, shares how he’s helping to create greater opportunity and what we can all do to create a  more equitable society.

Are you a displaced worker looking for job opportunities? We’ve compiled job opportunities in essential sectors such as grocery and drug stores and restaurants, along with remote opportunities in technology. Find them here.

Owning a business is never easy, but it’s even more challenging now, with so many owners unable to meet overhead or pay salaries. Click here to learn more about the resources available to small-business owners.


If you have questions about your economic stimulus check, you’re not alone. Reuters answers some of the most common questions, like who should expect a payment and what happens if you get too much or too little.

Help for Small Businesses

Small business powers the American economy. Stand for Small, a group of large companies that includes Fed Ex, Hertz and iHeartRadio, have banded together to provide educational resources, networking and mentorship opportunities to help small businesses weather this crisis. Learn more about Stand for Small here.

Verizon has started the Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund, with a $7.5 million investment that will provide grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps. As part of this program, Verizon is contributing funds through its #PayItForwardLive weekly streaming service, committing $10 each time users post the hashtag in support of their favorite small businesses, up to $2.5 million.

Digital Divide

Amid all the turmoil, there is still some good news out there. The FCC released a report that shows that the digital divide is narrowing. As of 2018, the most recent year available, 18 million Americans—or roughly 5.6% of the population—lacked access to broadband, down from 21 million the previous year.

Education Assistance

In Dallas, schools may be physically closed, but help is within reach. Dallas ISD’s Homeless Education Program (HEP) continues to support housing-insecure students and families, connecting them with resources such as meals, basic school supplies, hygiene items, transportation and referrals to outside programs. Learn more here.

Good News

The NBA season may have been cancelled, but the Dallas Mavericks are keeping busy. The Mavericks have teamed up with local restaurants to deliver more than 11,000 meals to healthcare workers. That’s on top of already having raised more than $1.7 million in funds and supplies for local frontline medical workers. Read more here.

Together, we can and will get through this.

Hattie Hill
President & CEO
T.D. Jakes Foundation


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