PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release

November 1, 2021

The Love Quest Foundation, Inc. Receives $20,000 Dutchess County’s

Learn, Play, Create: Supporting Our Kids Grant

The Love Quest Foundation, Inc. was awarded $20,000 in Dutchess Invests funding as part of the County’s Learn, Play, Create: Supporting Our Kids grant program. The Fishkill, New York non-profit advocates to eliminate the stigma, statistics and silence surrounding domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault impacting teens. It was one of 13 non-profits to receive the awards, totaling $279,500.

The Love Quest Foundation will use the grant to purchase audio-visual equipment for its annual music campaign, and to develop pop-up workshops that heighten awareness about and provide prevention resources against abuse and domestic violence.

“Music is a universal love language,” said Founder and Executive Director Josayne Anderson-Tejera. “Our music campaigns give young people opportunities to creatively express themselves, tell their stories, and offer commentary on issues they feel are important. Our workshops teach young people how to identify and sustain healthy, successful friendships and relationships. We are truly grateful for this grant, which will enable us to reach more youth and touch even more lives.”

According to Dutchess County Executive Molinaro’s press release, Dutchess Invests directs $57 million in one-time funding through the federal government’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) to communities recognized as priorities. The Learn, Play, Create grant program provides $3 million in one-time grants to local non-profit youth organizations arts, libraries and athletics that were deprived of a year of fundraising or participation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“…Dutchess County is proud to offer Learn, Play, Create as a way to help our kids get back some of what the pandemic stole from them,” said County Executive Molinaro. “The investments we make in our kids today not only help them overcome recent losses, but ensure their development continues, helping them grow into successful young adults. Together, Dutchess County will continue making a real impact in our children’s lives and invest in our future.” [Read the full Dutchess County press release]

To learn more about The Love Quest Foundation, visit www.thelovequestfoundation.org.

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