Erie Community Foundation President Reacts to Protest

- April 22, 2014 - The president of the Erie Community Foundation is speaking out today after a protest ends at the non-profits door.

More than 100 people protested what they call a lack of jobs and funding in the African American community.

They want the Erie Community Foundation to help fund a summer jobs program to cut down on violence.

The march was led by Bishop Dwane Brock from the Martin Luther King Center to the Erie Community Foundation on Monday.

Brock wanted to hand deliver a letter to Mike Batchelor, the president of the Erie Community Foundation, asking for money to help fund the $315,000 initiative plus $3 million for crumbling infrastructure at local centers.

Batchelor was out of town on business Monday, but today he says they are doing what they can to find out how they can help the community.

ECF donated money to the Downtown Y to help fund their teen center that gives teens a positive environment.

Batchelor says the foundation held a meeting last week to talk about a summer jobs program for youth in Erie County and to address teen violence especially in the African American community.

He went on to say that Bishop Brock along with Andre and Gary Horton were invited but didn't attend.

Brock is expected to address Erie County Council at its meeting tonight about the summer jobs program.

Career Link is hosting a career fair on Thursday, May 15th from 10am to 4pm at Zem Zem Shrine Club on West 38th and Zuck Road.

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