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These Socks Were a Shoo-In for Some Successful Fundraising

With more than 30 years of experience in the apparel industry, Carlsbad resident John Rich is hyper-aware of what is being worn in his community. And although there were plenty of Carlsbad T-shirts, hats and bags, he was hard-pressed to find a pair of Carlsbad socks.

“I consider socks to be like a T-shirt for your feet,” Rich said. “I also noticed how much the Carlsbad sign resonated with the community. I saw the void, combined the two ideas, threw in a charitable component, and bam! Carlsbad Socks were born. I’m also proud that we’re putting America back to work one sock at a time, as they are manufactured right here in the USA.”

The socks have been a hot seller in local Carlsbad shops such as Offshore Surf Shop, Carlsbad Pipelines, and the Village 7-Eleven. Two dollars of every pair sold goes to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, helping to fund their impactful after-school programming.

“JR’s ingenuity and passion for his community is remarkable,” said BGC of Carlsbad CEO Brad Holland. “… It’s truly a win-win, and we are grateful he selected the club as the beneficiary of his resourcefulness.”

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Northrop Grumman Corp. awarded $50,500 in scholarships recently to high school students on the winning teams of the CyberPatriot VIII National Finals Competition. Oak Valley Middle School in Poway earned the title of National Champion for the Middle School Division at the Northrop Grumman Corp.’s CyberPatriot VIII National Finals Competition. This year’s CyberPatriot VIII National Finals Competition featured 28 high school and middle school teams, representing the top 0.8 percent nationwide, who competed to defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team.

The Northrop Grumman Foundation is the presenting sponsor of CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education program created by the Air Force Association. In its sixth year as presenting sponsor, the Northrop Grumman Foundation and Northrop Grumman Corp. continue to devote time, talent and resources to support this critical STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education) initiative.

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Staff volunteers from The US Grant hotel recently volunteered their time to tackle a number of projects at the Home of Guiding Hands’ Rio House. The day was spent repairing the fence, improving the landscaping, replacing a storage shed and building a patio cover providing the residents a place to enjoy the outdoors.

After several hours of hard labor, many of the staff headed back to The US Grant to work their regular shift. Their time and dedication that day had a profound impact on the house and the residents who live there.

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The San Diego Foundation announced $200,000 in technical assistance from the National Council on Crime & Delinquency, grantee of the Corporation for National and Community Service Social Innovation Fund, to conduct a Pay For Success feasibility study for a program to transition youth age 14-29 back into society after incarceration. The program would provide access to housing, education and employment in San Diego County.

“The San Diego Foundation is sharply focused on identifying the root causes of children living in the system and identifying solutions to reduce recidivism throughout the San Diego region,” said Kathlyn Mead, president and CEO of The San Diego Foundation.

According to the 2014 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Outcomes Evaluation Report, 62 percent of parolees recidivate within three years in San Diego County.

The 18-month assessment will examine the feasibility of a program designed to address top barriers to successful transition for re-entry youth.

The program models Los Angeles-based Anti-Recidivism Coalition’s “Housing, Education and Employment Initiative,” engages re-entry youth prior to release, and establishes transition to housing which serves as a delivery platform for intensive case management and wrap-around support services. Participants pledge their commitment to live crime-free, drug-free, and gang-free, to be in school, employed or actively searching, and to give back to the community. Visit sdfoundation.org for more information.

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

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