‘Working to Build a Better Future for our Community’, the Mildred W. Fairclough Foundation (MWFF) was established in July of 2012 in order to bring together and uplift the often under-served Long Island communities of Roosevelt, New York and surrounding communities. The founder Darlene Allen did so in honor of her mother, Ms. Mildred W. Fairclough, MWFF a (501c3) non-profit, has become an integral part of the social fabric of these communities by hosting meaningful events and implementing successful programs at the grass roots level over the past six (6) years.
Holiday Extravaganza: An annual event that provides toys, food and clothing to disenfranchised children and families residing within our target communities in Nassau County.
“Drew Classic”: An annual event dedicated in the name of Darlene’s late husband Andrew who passed away in 2014. The Drew Classic features a host of cultural and athletic activities, as well as music and food for the families of target communities to enjoy.
Back-to-School Give-Away: MWFF has given its first school supply give-away in 2018 in Roosevelt, NY. and Hudson, NY.
Programs in Existence:
Re-Building a Nation of Women: Focusing on empowering women from low income communities to strive for improving their overall quality of life, and achieving their life’s goals. MWFF partnered with the Hall Leadership Academy in 2017 to bring trauma-informed services to women in our target community and, in doing so obtained jobs for four (4) women.
Work Experience: A valuable partnership with the Nassau County Department of Social Services’ ‘Work Experience Program’ grants individuals access to work sites and provides them with work hours required in order to receive their public assistance.
About Mildred W. Fairclough: Born October 1, 1926, Mildred would grow to have a positive impact not only on her children and family, but on every community in which she lived or where her name traveled to. Educated at Teacher’s College in Jamaica, her passion for learning would later inspire MWFF’s creation of a Scholarship Program that would reward special needs students for their accomplishments. A single mother of six (6) children who still found ample time to help other children in her community(s) and there are numerous accounts of Mildred feeding the many of her children’s friends who suffered from malnutrition. In the early 1970’s, Mildred continued her community development efforts by sending clothing to residents of the Red Hills, St. Andrew section of Jamaica (a practice that would continue well into the 1990’s). Despite her trials and tribulation as a single mother, Mildred would instill in her children and those she came in contact with, the proper ethics and morals needed to excel in society which led to their collective desire to help the less fortunate amongst them.
About “King P.I.B.” Entertainment: Andrew Allen, Jr. (Darlene’s son and Mildred’s grandson, who is professionally known as “King P.I.B.”), is the President of King P.I.B. Entertainment, a company he spearheads that helps to develop some of the more talented acts hailing from his hometown of Uniondale, Long Island. A renowned tastemaker with a strong work ethic, King P.I.B. (‘Partner in Business’) has been behind many of Long Island’s strongest talent surges for the past couple of years, referred to as “the next Puff Daddy or DJ Khaled”; his response is: “I’m with it…why not?!” Now partnered with Shataye Bailey of Bailey TV, his plans and reach are now even greater. King P.I.B. has partnered with MWFF and has been responsible for assisting with numerous community events given by the foundation. He has also developed (and maintains) the foundation’s website, and acts as its lead photographer and audio/visual recorder.
“Getting By with a Little Help from My Friends”: Upon the opening of MWFF six (6) years ago, Darlene (still the foundation’s Executive Director and driving force) and her friend and former assistant Liz Lafette put together several events throughout the years to allow families in the collective community to enjoy free meals and other goods to assure that they had the necessary items (including clothing and gifts) throughout the holiday season. When Liz passed on in 2012, given her tremendous input and contributions over the years, Darlene (desiring to allow her name to live on as well) created a scholarship in her honor and memory which donated free movie tickets to Uniondale School District students (both special needs and mainstream) who improved their academic performance; also, $200 was donated to the Uniondale and Roosevelt School Districts for college supplies. Thanks to Liz’s assistance and legacy, Darlene continued to search for other ways to assist disenfranchised communities by donating blankets to Nassau University Medical Center, DeKalb Medical and Rockdale Hospital for families who were not prepared for a still-birth or any other condition that would result in a newborn’s death. Also Darlene and her sister Lisa Contaste, donated crochet blankets to babies in Nassau University Medical Center NY, DeKalb Medical Center, GA. and Rockdale Medical Center, GA.
For further information, please visit: www.MWFFoundation.com.