Chula Vista Charitable Foundation Awards $50,000 to Combat Hunger and Homelessness

Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

May 31, 2019 – San Diego, CA – Chula Vista Charitable Foundation (CVCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, marked its 9th year of giving by granting $50,000 to two nonprofit organizations combatting hunger and homelessness within the community.

The grants were announced at the Annual CVCF Grants Celebration on May 30 at the home of CVCF members Dr. Marilyn and Steve Norton. According to the U.S. Census, the poverty rate in Chula Vista is 12.3% and many local families are left hungry and homeless every day. The 2019 CVCF grants will help address this challenge by increasing access to vital resources and services for Chula Vista families and youth.

“As Chula Vista grows, it’s important that we provide our fellow residents with the support they need to be self-sufficient and thrive in our community,” shared Lisa Moctezuma, CVCF Board Chair. “The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation and its members believe in the importance of basic resources and aid for all families and individuals living in Chula Vista, and the 2019 grants double down on our commitment to improving quality of life by helping those who need it most.”

CVCF is supported by local philanthropists and businesses dedicated to improving the quality of life and meeting emerging needs in Chula Vista. Since its inception, members have granted more than $350,000 to nonprofit organizations working in the community to grow a more vibrant region.

To become a member of CVCF, visit the website or contact Estela Mitrani at estelam@sdfoundation.org.

The 2019 grantees include:

New GateWay Solutions ($30,000)

The grant to New GateWay Solutions will support its Poverty Alleviation and Homelessness Prevention Program in Chula Vista, which provides residents with the tools needed to become economically self-sufficient. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, unemployment in the community was 5.2% in 2017 and the poverty rate was particularly high. The program delivers important services, such as rental assistance, bus passes and jobseeker training to help individuals who are at risk of homelessness to stay in their homes while seeking stable employment.

Feeding San Diego ($20,000)

The grant to Feeding San Diego will support the organization’s Chula Vista partner agency program through delivery of produce to distribution sites, as well as pass-through granting to help build the capacity of its partners to accept and store delivered or rescued food. According to Feeding San Diego, one in six children and one in eight adults in the county are facing hunger every day. While food insecurity places undue stress on the entire family, the lack of nutrition is especially problematic for children as it negatively affects a child’s development. The grant will help Feeding San Diego end hunger in the region and support the health and wellness of the entire community.


About the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate program, including the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, was established by The San Diego Foundation to create a regional network of affiliate foundations by leveraging local leadership, building endowments, increasing impactful philanthropy, and promoting civic engagement. Affiliates reside in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 1,000 members, established endowments of more than $4.6 million overall, and granted more than $5 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1.1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs for good, forever.

Contacts

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600, vheald@behmedia.com
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 336-254-7056, justin@sdfoundation.org