Help South Los Angeles residents build a more secure future with the

COVID Retraining & Recovery (CORE) Fund

Many South LA families were already economically vulnerable before the pandemic. But furloughs, reductions in wages and hours, and lack of access to educational resources for their children has increased their financial and emotional strain. Many are now at risk of slipping from poverty to extreme poverty or homelessness.

To respond to these challenges, SoLa Impact, Ashley and Marc Merrill and their family office NAHCO3, and others are launching the COVID Retraining & Recovery (CORE) Fund, an educational and career building initiative with an initial investment of $250,000 and a target of $1,000,000. 

CORE will offer scholarships to South LA residents furloughed/laid-off due to COVID-19 to enable them to retrain in careers that are likely to be in high demand in a post-COVID economy, particularly in the healthcare and technology fields.

Our vision is to inspire our residents and neighbors with a commitment to their long-term health and economic security through scholarships and career development.

CORE will partner with local and national educational institutions to help ensure students commit and complete recertification programs paired with job placement and technical assistance services.

To view the CORE application, click here. The FAQ can be found here.


If you would like to be a part of this effort, please contact

SoLa Impact Chief Impact Officer Sherri Francois,, 917-648-9063.

SoLa Impact

8629 S. Vermont Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90044

Tel. 323-306-4648  I  Fax: 323-306-4647  I

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