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BOMA Equips Foster Kids for Their Educational Journey

The Building Owners and Management Association, or BOMA, recently collected a total of 206 backpacks, nearly 1,400 school supplies and raised more than $500 to donate to Promises2Kids to help make the back-to-school season brighter for the foster youth of San Diego. Kudos to BOMA for a successful backpack drive.

Sundt Construction Inc.’s San Diego employees have selected five local nonprofit organizations to receive Sundt Foundation grants totaling $9,600 this quarter. The Sundt Foundation was established by Sundt in 1999 to give its employee-owners a means of giving back to their communities. It provides financial support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and adults. Most grants are made to organizations in the communities where Sundt has offices and construction projects. The Foundation is funded primarily by contributions from Sundt employees and company matching. To date, the organization has awarded more than $6 million in donations to organizations throughout California, Arizona, Texas and beyond. Here’s a closer look at the San Diego organizations that recently received funding. The grant recipients were Mama’s Kitchen, The Angel’s Depot, Meals-on-Wheels of Greater San Diego, Girl Rising and Shelter to Soldier.

PAWS San Diego and the San Diego Humane Society and the Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recently announced they will merge. They plan to unite their teams and resources to expand safety net programs to help more pet owners keep their pets. PAWS San Diego currently provides essential pet services and support to low-income seniors, chronically ill and disabled individuals. After the merger is official on September 1, this vital community service will keep its name, PAWS San Diego, and will become the official safety net program of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy researched and published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science the top reasons why pets are relinquished to animal shelters as being “cost of pet maintenance” and “owners having personal problems.” Visit pawssandiego.org and sdhumane.org.

The Living Coast Discovery Center, a nonprofit zoo and aquarium located on San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, has been awarded a $25,000 Environmental Champions grant from long-time partner San Diego Gas & Electric.

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The funding will be used to support the Living Coast’s environmental and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) youth education programs. The SDG&E grant allows an additional 4,500 children to benefit from environmental lessons on water quality, the watershed and endangered species in and around San Diego Bay. SDG&E is the Living Coast’s largest corporate partner, having contributed more than $300,000 in sponsorships and grants to support environmental conservation and education programs at the center over the years.

Walden Family Services, a nonprofit foster care and adoption agency, invites you to the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall to celebrate the 11th annual Wine D’Vine Gala on Saturday, Oct. 25. Proceeds from the gala go to support Walden Family Service’s various programs that offer services to foster and adoptive children and families throughout Southern California. For information visit waldenfamily.org.

Union Bank recently held a Health & Wellness Expo with the American Heart Association at Union Bank’s Chula Vista branch. More than 60 people were screened. Both organizations are now gearing up for the big Heart & Stroke Walk in September.

Send Kudos/Giving items to Stephanie R. Glidden at sglidden@sdbj.com.

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