Day for Change awarded grants totaling $75,000 to organizations that serve abused and neglected children in San Diego, including Casa de Amparo, Compass Family Center, Monarch School, Voices for Children and Walden Family Services. This was the 10th consecutive year grants were awarded by the group which was founded by the CFO Roundtable. Funds are raised through the annual golf outing, a holiday open house and a fundraiser centered around climbing Mount Kilimanjaro … Home Start received a $20,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation for the Maternity Shelter Program. The program expands the capacity of available housing within the San Diego region to prevent homelessness among under-served young women and their children. Home Start’s educational programs help to give these young women the tools they need to rise above homelessness … BIA Cares donated $50,000 to Casa de Amparo to help build its new Casa Kids Campus in San Marcos. The visitors center patio and the campus playground will be named in honor of BIA Cares, the charitable foundation of the Building Industry Association of San Diego … Senior Community Centers received a $62,000 grant from the Del Mar Healthcare Fund of The San Diego Foundation. The funds will help isolated seniors living in hotels, apartments and homeless shelters and also aid Chinese-speaking seniors who are not participating in wellness programs. As part of the grant, Senior Community Centers will partner with the Union of Pan Asian Communities to hire a part-time social worker to provide case management. “SCC helps to fill the financial gap for seniors and provides them with compassionate programs and services,” said Paul Downey, chief executive officer and president of Senior Community Centers … The San Diego History Center was awarded a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources totaling $162,000 to support the identification, cataloging and improved access to some of SDHC’s archival collections. “This grant gives us the ability to make more of our holdings fully accessible to scholars and the general public,” said David Kahn, executive director of SDHC … Ralphs downtown San Diego held its “Grand Reopening Celebration” on Jan. 7 at the store on First Avenue and G Street. Contributions were made to USO San Diego and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego in the amount of $20,000. The funds were collected through community contributions to the annual Coin Toss Campaign. USO San Diego’s CEO John Dooley and Susan G. Komen’s Sandy Rabourne were on hand to accept the checks … The Cox Kids Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters for their Operation Bigs program in support of the efforts to increase recruiting, screening, matching and monitoring of adults to serve as mentors for children of deployable military personnel. The program serves children at all five schools on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton as well as children of active duty parents at four sites in San Diego. The Cox Foundation grant allows for increasing the number of children of military families that will be served by Operation Bigs … Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command was one of eight recipients of CAPE Silver-level awards. The program recognizes organizations that demonstrate superior performance in key business areas, including leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus. The CAPE Award recipients will be honored at the 17th annual Best Practices and Awards Conference to be held April 1 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina … San Diego Self Storage sponsored its annual holiday toy drive for Toys for Tots at their 19 locations. More than 60,000 children benefited from the toy drive. “We are pleased to have played a significant role in delivering toys to worthy children this holiday season,” said Terry Aston, managing partner of San Diego Self Storage.
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