Kids 4 the Fort helping fund Family and Friends Fund for Southeast Fort Wayne

After watching the news surrounding the Black Lives Matter moves, Miles Clark wanted to help people of color in his community. His small effort in the beginning has turned into a community-wide initiative to help build generational wealth in Southeast Fort Wayne.

Posted: Jul 13, 2020 8:11 PM
Updated: Jul 14, 2020 10:25 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - A lemonade stand is not an uncommon sight in the heat of the summer. A quick way to cool off, and for Miles Clark, it started as a quick way to make a buck.

Clark explained, "I was thinking, what could I do to make money. So, I thought what if I do a lemonade stand, but then I thought Oh, with all of this Black Lives Matter stuff happening, why don’t I do it to donate to Black Lives Matter."

Miles' father Adam says his son saw what was happening with the Black Lives Matter movement on the news and felt moved to help here locally.

"He hosted a small lemonade stand just by himself here on the corner. Several of his friends from the neighborhood saw it and said can we help you do a bigger one with more cookies and cupcakes," Adam explained. "So, they had a meeting in our house and decided they were going to do a bigger one of those."

After the second lemonade and bake sale, he and his friends turned it into a large-scale sale, with cookies, cupcakes, lemonade and candy to buy.

All of the money is being donated to the local Black Lives Matter movement.

Miles wanted to take it one step further. Luckily for him, his neighbor Kristin Grant owns Hyper Local Impact, who are coordinators of the Family and Friends Fund for Southeast Fort Wayne, a program to help people of color on the southeast side build up their community.

"Miles Clark approached me when he heard we were starting this fund and he said I want to host a bake sale to raise money for it and then we started talking and he’s now inspired kids all over Fort Wayne, and every zip code in Fort Wayne, to host bake sales to raise money for their neighbors in southeast Fort Wayne to build their own dreams," Grant said.

Now, through Miles' effort and Grant’s help, Kids in every zip code in Fort Wayne will be hosting a bake sale, with the proceeds being "a direct investment into the dreams, ideas, plans of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) people of Southeast Fort Wayne through the Friends & Family Fund." 

The goal of the fund is to have $1 million available through a donor-advised fund to help build generational wealth in SE Fort Wayne.

For Adam, he says he’s proud of his kids and the other neighborhood kids for want to step up, saying "It’s really inspiring, it’s really special to have kids lead the way." Miles says any kids can do the same.

"I feel like if we get a start on the change now, it’ll be even more easier to change it later in life," Miles said.

The bake sales will go on in different neighborhoods throughout the month of July.

As of the end of Monday's bake sale, $155,000 has been raised for the fund, of which $12,000 of that came from the kids' bake sales, with matching donations.

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