April 2019 Letter from OCF Board Chair Vince Alessi

Oceanside Charitable Foundation members make an impact in the community by combining their philanthropy to support programs helping advance quality of life in Oceanside.
Oceanside Charitable Foundation members make an impact in the community by combining their philanthropy to support programs helping advance quality of life in Oceanside.

I hope you enjoy this quarter’s Oceanside Charitable Foundation (OCF) blog. In this article, you’ll learn more about the profound impact of a 2017 OCF grantee, as well as background on one of our corporate members.

Finally, we hope you will join us at our 11th Annual Grants Celebration on May 7 at 5:30pm at the California Surf Museum. Guests will enjoy food, drinks and live music as we award our 2019-2020 nonprofit grantees serving our community. Contact Estela Mitrani at estelam@sdfoundation.org to learn more.

I encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors because the more we share the power of OCF, the more we will have to grant next year!

Community Impact

Two years ago, the Burn Institute received a grant from OCF to offer the Fire Safe Kids program to students in Oceanside. The goal of the program was to provide children in grades K-6 with lifesaving fire and burn prevention education, empowering them with the knowledge to take steps to reduce their risk of fire and burn-related injuries, learn how to react in the event of a fire emergency, and understand why not to engage in risky fire activities.

The program was composed of two variations, Fire Safe Kids 1 and Fire Safe Kids 2. Fire Safe Kids 1 was tailored to grades K-3 and Fire Safe Kids 2 grades 4-6. Through both variations, children learned the national fire safety messages:

  • Never play with matches or lighters; they are tools for adults not toys for kids
  • In case of fire, crawl low under smoke and get out
  • Check doors with the back of your hand to see if they’re hot before going through
  • Know two ways out of every room
  • Have an escape plan and a family meeting area
  • Cool a burn with cool water
  • Stop, drop, and roll
  • Firefighters are our friends

During the grant period, the Burn Institute was able to provide 1,284 students in Oceanside with critical education that can save lives.

Our member generosity truly helped make Fire Safe Kids possible for the children of Oceanside. Without your support, there would have been no dedicated funding to provide these services in Oceanside.

Corporate Member Spotlight

Eternal Hills Mortuary & Crematory has been active in the Oceanside community for more than 80 years and is a proud member of OCF.

They have sponsored and hosted numerous community activities in that time. In fact, many of you probably still remember the “Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall Experience” in 2004. Spearheaded by General Manager Debbie Allen, the planning took over a year to make sure Eternal Hills had the right place and the proper help to have this monument be available to the community for three full days, 24 hours each day.

When asked why Debbie is so engaged within Oceanside, she shared, “I am a firm believer in getting involved in the community so ehwhen Eternal Hills was asked to join the Oceanside Charitable Foundation as a corporate member in 2017, there was no question. Oceanside Charitable Foundation was a great way for us to give back, as it’s one of the most diverse foundations that truly believes in making a change in the community.”

Since joining, Debbie continues to enjoy the work of OCF and its members. From participating in the grants committee to taking part in site visits and discussing the needs of the Oceanside community, Debbie is engaged with us throughout the year.

Without her support and the generosity of corporate members like Eternal Hills, OCF would not have as strong of an impact in the community.

Thank you for your generous support!

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