Chula Vista Charitable Foundation (CVCF) embraces the notion that citizens combining their resources and talents can and will have a significant, lasting impact on their community.
Each year, CVCF members pool their charitable dollars to make grants to nonprofit programs generating positive social change within the Chula Vista community. In just seven years of grantmaking, CVCF has granted over $240,000 to increase the quality of life for those who live, work and play in the area.
Addressing Critical Needs
In the most recent grant cycle, CVCF members chose to meet a timely youth development need by funding programs that support the physical and/or mental well-being and educational development of children and youth within Chula Vista.
Many believe that children learn to read and write in kindergarten or first grade. But research shows that developing literacy skills begins at birth through everyday interactions—sharing books, telling stories, singing songs, talking to one another, or pointing out and naming objects.
Early intervention services provide vital support so that children with developmental needs can thrive and grow. One of the 2017 CVCF grantees, The Arc of San Diego, works to do just that.
Founded in 1951 by parents and other pioneering community members who were concerned about the lack of services available to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc supports and empowers persons with disabilities to achieve their life goals.
Thanks to a $12,000 grant, more residents will benefit from the Parent/Infant Program at The Arc’s Gerber Center in Chula Vista. This program serves children at risk of developmental delays from birth to age three, focusing on the whole child recognizing both strengths and needs.
Learn more about the program and its potential impact in Chula Vista from The Arc President & CEO David W. Schneider in his own words:
Whether engaging youth through music or science, all of the 2017 CVCF grant programs show a strong commitment to providing a sustainable impact to the youth in Chula Vista.
The grant programs include:
- Parent/Infant Program with The Arc of San Diego
- Science Without Boundaries Wildlife Camps with Living Coast Discovery Center
- Chula Vista’s Opus Afterschool Music Programs with the San Diego Youth Symphony
Totaling more than 700 members, affiliates reside in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, and 4S Ranch-Del Sur.
If you aren’t a member yet, the Regional Affiliate Program is the perfect way to become an active participant in your community’s growth.