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Rock the House Strengthens 2-1-1’s Connection to Community

The 2-1-1 San Diego “Rock the House” launch party raised more than $250,000 for its NextGen technology and its new 30,000-square-foot Connections Center. 2-1-1 San Diego is a free, 24-hour, confidential phone service and searchable online database for residents of San Diego County. The proceeds will better connect the community with social services. More than 700 attendees celebrated the event at the new facility. Supporters included title sponsor San Diego Gas & Electric Co., partner sponsor Bank of America and celebration sponsors Carleton Management Inc., inContact, Kaiser Permanente, Mission Federal Credit Union, Qualcomm Inc., Redfearn & Associates, San Diego Business Journal and The San Diego Foundation. This year, 2-1-1 San Diego recognized Jon Grissom, 2-1-1 San Diego’s board of directors secretary, with the Henry Haimsohn Volunteer of the Year award in honor of his contributions to the organization. The move to its new location and technology development comes on the heels of 2-1-1 San Diego partnering with San Diego Association of Governments and receiving a $2 million federal grant, the largest award in the U.S. made under the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative. Visit 211sandiego.org.

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At a recent Pay it Forward Processing check presentation gathering, ProShred Security received $12,003 to give to the American Institute of Cancer Research. The donation was made possible through ProShred’s ongoing participation in the PFP “Every Swipe Benefits Charity” give-back program. ProShred Security has participated in the give-back program for two years and generates charity funds from various shredding events held throughout the year. Since its inception two years ago, the program has generated more than $100,000 in donations to a carefully vetted group of more than 25 local and national charities.

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Charles and Gail Kendall, through their Family Donor Advised Fund at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, have selected I Love A Clean San Diego as the recipient of a $25,000 grant to build awareness and encourage environmental stewardship in more than 30,000 youth throughout San Diego. ILACSD will host a matching funds campaign coinciding with Earth Month through April 30, with the goal to match every dollar donated by the Kendalls in order to maximize their donation.

The Kendall Family donations have been primarily focused on education – Hillsdale College, The Cambridge School, Reality Changers, and Scripps Encinitas. The Kendalls say supporting ILACSD is a natural fit because their programs make it fun for students to learn about the environment. I Love A Clean San Diego connects youth with nature in a way that inspires them to protect it. Visit CleanSD.org.

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The San Diego Financial Literacy Center announced a $28,000 contribution from the Foundation for Financial Planning to assist with the creation of the Financial Education Alliance of San Diego. The alliance will bring together nine local organizations that will provide financial empowerment and resources to hundreds of at-risk and low-income residents through six free events around San Diego County where the residents can meet with volunteer certified financial planners in a one-on-one setting.

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Michael Schneider, SDG&E’s chief environmental officer and vice president of operations, announced a campaign by SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center to give $650,000 to nonprofits in San Diego and Orange counties that support environmental stewardship. This is SDG&E’s seventh annual Environmental Champions Initiative —to date, it has awarded nearly $8 million to area nonprofits.

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St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, a reality-based work training environment for more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities, announced wins at the 31st Annual Spring Home/Garden Show. The Center won “Best Specialty Garden” and “Judges’ Choice” Awards. Center staff and garden students prepared and built a replica of Sophie’s Garden for the show taking more than a month to plan and four days to build on-site in Bing Crosby Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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

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