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Foundation Funds Groups on Front Lines of Helping Military

The Patriots Connection, a program of Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, awarded grants of $100,200 to nine nonprofit military programs in San Diego County recently. The Patriots Connection has awarded 135 grants of more than $1.2 million since 2009 to nonprofits serving the local military community.

Paula Powers, chair of the grants and projects committee, said the Patriots Connection conducts an extensive outreach and evaluation process to identify organizations and programs meeting the areas of greatest need with the highest levels of effectiveness.

Grants went to organizations serving four areas of need for military service members, veterans and their families: 211 San Diego, Camp Pendleton ASYMCA, Operation Homefront, Support the Enlisted Project, Easter Seals of Southern California, Workshops for Warriors, Physician Advocates for Veterans, Warrior Foundation Freedom Station and Wreaths Across America. Visit rsffoundation.org.

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The nine Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County collectively gave away about 10,000 chicken sandwiches during its recent ninth annual “Military Appreciation Night” promotion. Any active-duty member of the military or retired veteran with a military ID or proof of service, along with their immediate family members, received their choice of a free entrée. The event began in San Diego in 2008, when there were four Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County. It has since grown to more than 50 participating Chick-fil-A restaurants throughout Southern California.

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The San Diego Center for Children and local solar company Sullivan Solar Power announced a unique partnership with the aim of empowering the future of America’s Finest City and everyone in San Diego can take part. Sullivan is making a substantial donation and providing a free solar system to offset some of the center’s existing costs. Sullivan is providing the center with a free 10kw solar system and is donating $500 to the organization for every home in San Diego that goes solar with Sullivan until the end of the year. Both organizations have a goal of making a brighter future for the next generation.

As San Diego’s oldest nonprofit serving children and families, the center has eight locations and serves hundreds of homes throughout the country reaching over 1,000 children and families in San Diego every day. They employ 300 local residents, many of whom are leaders and experts in children’s behavioral healthcare.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County announced its 2016 Corporate Partner of the Year, LPL Financial, and its 2016 Community Partner of the Year, The Ken Blanchard Cos. BBBS of SDC recognized these outstanding partners who have made a significant impact in the lives of San Diego youth and in the promotion and support of the San Diego mentoring movement.

LPL and the LPL Financial Foundation are committed to supporting quality youth development programs in the San Diego community and in the other communities where its employees live and work. LPL Financial stood out during the past year as a leading donor, and as a corporate host of the Big Brothers Big Sisters workplace mentoring program, Beyond School Walls. LPL employee volunteers hosted local middle school students at the firm’s office twice a month for this workplace mentorship program, creating opportunities for employees to give back in a meaningful way providing students an experience within the work environment to drive their aspirations.

The Ken Blanchard Cos. is BBBS of SDC’s Community Partner of the Year for its significant investment in the lives of 15 young girls through its Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Beyond School Walls – Sister 2 Sister program. Margie and Ken Blanchard led the way to open up their company to middle school girls who needed and wanted mentors in their lives. The Blanchard volunteers have served as tremendous role models for young women often struggling with challenges that could negatively impact their lives.

Send Kudos/Giving items to sglidden@sdbj.com.

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