Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep is an amazing woman who not only gives back to the entertainment industry with her films and talent, but donates her time and money to worthy causes.
On Monday, a needy school in Central Falls, R.I. became $10,000 richer thanks to Streep and her organization the Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts. Hours after winning Best Actress for her portrayal as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” the 17 time Oscar-nominee sent a check. Seriously, can she be more incredible?
This wasn’t just some random donation. It means a great deal to actress Viola Davis, who was also nominated for a gold statue for her remarkable performance in “The Help.” Davis grew up in Central Falls and just happened to tell Streep about the ailing charter school, the Segue Institute for Learning. The two got to know each other on the set of their 2008 film “Doubt.”
The school has over 200 students in grades sixth through eighth and according to the school director Angelo Garcia, the check arrived with a note saying “on behalf of Viola.” The school is trying to buy the building or move to a new location, so this money will go to good use.
For years, Streep and her husband Don Gummer have been donating millions to charity, but in secret. Within the last three years, their foundation has given $2 million to Vassar College.
The Silver Mountain organization pays no salaries, but gives money to those in need, with donations ranging anywhere from $1,000 to $1 million. They’ve helped Oxfam America, New York City’s Meals on Wheels and museums like the National Women’s Museum in Virginia that received $200,000.
Annually, Streep and her husband also donate to the Opus School in Harlem, which is where her Oscar-nominated performance as a music teacher in “Music of the Heart” took place.
The 62-year-old actress keeps on astounding people and I’m pretty sure she’ll keep on impressing others throughout her life and career. Way to go Meryl!