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Uplife BBQ and Back To School Drive By Shatika Parker of Parker Consulting

Yonkers — On Sunday August 29th, 2021 Uplife Foundation Inc. hosted its 3rd Annual Back to School Giveaway and Barbeque At John F. Kennedy Marina Yonkers. Over 100 people and over 20 local businesses and organizations participated, giving away hundreds of groceries, book bags, school supplies and more. In addition there were photo booths, a bouncy house and a dunk tank present. Congressman Jamaal Bowman was present as well as representatives from Mayor Mike Spano’s office, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and County Legislator’s Christopher Johnson and Jose Alvarado’s offices. Councilwoman Tasha Diaz and City Council President Candidate Lakisha Collins-Bellamy were also present, to show their support.

The organization was presented with a host of proclamations and citations to commemorate the event but more importantly, the work they are doing within the organization.

Uplife Foundation Inc. is a Yonkers-based non-profit organization that focuses on strengthening, unifying, and building up urban communities. The organization was started by a group of young black men who aim to be the image they want to see in their communities by leading by example. They host workshops and job readiness training to help uplift those who are looking to rejoin the workforce. Many of its members work in the construction industry bringing life to its slogan “Constructing the community.”

Its co-founders Reginald Joseph, who owns Cafe 2.0 On The Hudson, a new coffee shop in Yonkers located at 1 Alexander Street, and Robert Salkey, collectively feel great about doing exactly what they set out to do when they founded the organization. “When we say constructing the community we are talking about leaning into urban neighborhoods and providing access to jobs, and resources needed to live a decent life,” says Reginald. Robert adds “ It’s all about constructing, building , and connecting the dots for families who need it. That’s what this annual event does.”

For more information on Uplife Foundation Inc.. visit uplifefoundationinc.org or follow on Facebook and Instagram.

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