New Iberia, LA- Local community hero, Robby Carrier Bethel, is one of 50 honorees named by national grant maker, the Marguerite Casey Foundation. The foundation is celebrating what would have been Cesar Chavez’s 87th birthday by honoring individuals who are carrying out his mission of civil rights work. Bethel is being recognized for her work with the rehabilitation of the West End neighborhoods of New Iberia.
Bethel was nominated by local non-profit organization, Southern Mutual Help Association who has worked with Bethel over the years. SMHA recognizes the importance of Bethel’s work, as it aligns with SMHA’s own efforts to build prosperous, sustainable rural communities.
The Marguerite Casey Foundation is a private, independently owned grant-making foundation from Seattle, WA and has been recognized in 2007 as one of the "Top 50 U.S. Foundations Awarding Grants for Civil Rights and Social Action.” The foundation created the Equal Voice Newspaper in 2009 as a means to "break news, follow issues, investigate and shed light on the lives of families living in poverty in the United States”.
Casey Family Programs renamed its grant programs after Marguerite Casey in 2003, to honor the sister of Jim Casey, founder of UPS and benefactor to many philanthropic foundations, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Programs.
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