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Richmond mom creates bursary for Black single mothers

La Toya Barrington was once a struggling, single Black mother herself and wants to give back to the community that helped her in her time of need
La Toya Barrington with her kids on Black Shirt Day, just before sending them off to school

Richmond resident La Toya Barrington has kick-started a bursary for Black single mothers to coincide with Black History Month.

Barrington - who the Richmond News has featured several times in the last year for bringing awareness to issues affecting the Black community - said, when times were hard for her as a single mom, her community had her back.

“I was once a young single mother of three children on welfare,” said Barrington on Facebook.

“Trying to make ends meet, I started cleaning houses and running errands for family and friends.

“I know firsthand the challenges of trying to keep up with my financial responsibilities and trying to start a business at the same time.

“I have endured the struggles of having to go to food banks. I have witnessed the many eviction notice letters, and disconnection of utilities.”

One of the challenges, added Barrington – who now owns and operates Go2Girl Services – which she was not able to do, due to financial reasons, was to enroll in a class to upgrade her skills and knowledge.

“I’d love to be able to be a stepping stone, in easing some of the educational financial burden,” she said.

“In order to be a recipient of the bursary, the applicant must write a short essay about their educational goals, and how this bursary would help them succeed in their goals.”

Barrington is also inviting the public to donate to the bursary cause, with a goal of raising $2,000 by the end of January.

She’s asking anyone interested to contact her by the end of Thursday, Jan. 28 by emailing [email protected].