Cobb nonprofit receives $50,000 grant from Oprah Winfrey Foundation

The grant will provide rental assistance

A local nonprofit has received a hefty donation from Oprah Winfrey’s charitable arm.

We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association, which aids Cobb County renters with tenants’ rights, was given a $50,000 grant from the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation, according to a news release obtained by the Rome News-Tribune.

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Founder Monica DeLancy, a renters rights activist in the Six Flags area, announced that the grant will “provide immediate and much needed rental assistance to local families.” The funds will be distributed by Sting Inc., a Cobb nonprofit that offers mentorship and enrichment programs for youth from ages 11 to 18.

“Empowering our next generation is difficult when families are faced with high rents and minimal assistance,” Sting executive director Geneva Vanderhorst said in a statement. “We are pleased that the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation is supporting families in Cobb County during this challenging time. This endeavor will have a positive and lasting impact on our local youth and their future success.”

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DeLancy has been supporting families in the county for more than a decade, according to the We Thrive Renters website. Known as the voice for renters in the South Cobb community, she’s been given 15 awards while living in Austell. Among them is the NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream Award,” the Keep Cobb Beautiful community improvement award and the Cobb Collaborative volunteer of the year honor.

OWCF was founded in 1993 and supports organizations around the globe.

“Our mission is to lead — to educate — to uplift — to inspire — and to empower women and children throughout the world, opening doors so that each person touched can begin to define their own best life — their own possibility for greatness. It is a lasting mission of fulfillment - of teaching, learning and growing,” the website said.