An educator works with a child as part of the San Diego Center for Children’s Intensive Reading Improvement Program. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Center for Children

An educator works with a child as part of the San Diego Center for Children’s Intensive Reading Improvement Program. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Center for Children

— The David C. Copley Foundation, formerly known as the Helen K. and James S. Copley Foundation, has awarded $12,000 to the San Diego Center for Children. The funding will allow the center to cover any expenses related to the Intensive Reading Improvement Program, including staff, materials and curriculum.

The Intensive Reading Improvement Program provides targeted instructional intervention through one-on-one and small group instruction for San Diego Center for Children Academy students who are a year or more behind grade level in reading ability

Moisés Barón, president and CEO of the San Diego Center for Children said: “The project will provide the academy with the ideal physical spaces to accommodate future enrollment growth and ensure continued academic and therapeutic program excellence for all of our students, including through our Intensive Reading Improvement Program.”

The center provides evidence-based therapeutic, educational, foster care and transition age services to children and families struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. With eight program sites and community-based services within hundreds of homes and schools across San Diego County, the center empowers more than 1,000 people every day.

As the only provider of an Intensive Reading Improvement Program in the county for children with complex behavioral health needs, the San Diego Center for Children’s program as well as the role of generous philanthropy continue to be crucial. Visit centerforchildren.org.

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The nonprofit Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center announced that it received a donation of health care products under a grant from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation global product donation program in partnership with the California Dental Association Foundation’s dental materials and supplies grant. Through this program, Henry Schein Inc., the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental practitioners, provides recipient organizations with several health care product donations valued between $5,000 and $25,000 during the course of two years.

The grant will enable the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center to more effectively carry out its mission and expand its ability to provide care to low-income seniors in downtown San Diego.

Karen Becerra, CEO and dental director of the center said: “receiving these supplies will allow us to treat even more patients and continue to transform seniors’ lives...”

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The San Diego County Bar Foundation awarded $290,000 to organizations through its Indigent Criminal Defense Fund, benefitting those that deliver effective legal representation and programs to assist accused people who cannot afford to hire an attorney.

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