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Nominee’s nameHoratio & Natasha Bennett
SEEN Changemaker CategoryCivic Service
The Bennetts have been a driving force in helping others. They founded the Horatio and Natasha Bennett Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit community service organization (www.TheHNBFoundation.Org), dedicated to helping the poor and destitute in metropolitan Detroit; handing our blankets and care package to people on the street, and at the same time, making donations to other community service organizations such as COTS, NSO, Detroit Rescue Mission and Cass Community Center.
The Bennetts have written several books, including "How to be a Good Person Without Being Religious" and "Black America, we are depending on you'"
Individually, both Bennetts have impacted their community, having received awards from local organizations: Jamaican United Association of Michigan, West Indian-American Association, St. Joseph's Indian School and the Spirit of Detroit Award.
The Foundation is now in the process of building the first Caribbean-American museum in the country. In 1971, Horatio founded the annual Caribbean Carnival, was a radio broadcaster on NPR, and published the Caribbean SourceNews for 18 years. He was awarded the 'Spirit of Detroit,' and was inducted in the 'MetroTimes Music Hall of Fame.'
Natasha is an educator, licensed both in Michigan and Georgia. She hosts her own online website (www.PleaseHelpMyGrades.com) dedicated to assists global elementary students with academic. peers and parental challenges. Natasha has received several awards, including Certificate of Appreciation from the Jamaican United Association of Michigan and the St. Joseph's Indian School. She is co-written several books and is founding member of the Horatio and Natasha Bennett Foundation.
The HNB Foundation is the beacon of the Bennetts' community service commitment. With their exercising of love, caring and concerns for the poor and destitute, they firmly believe others can - and will - take up the challenges and do their own part in 'being a brother's keeper.' The needs in Metropolitan Detroit are not unique to this region, but across the globe, and through the advent of the internet and the World Wide Web, communities across the world have now all become one family; sharing the needs of each other...
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