December 2018 Letter from RCF Board Chair Kristin Zook

RCF 2018 Grants Celebration
Ramona Community Foundation Board Chair Kristin Zook (left) and Grants Chair Kevin McNees (right) pose with grantee Hearts and Hooves at the RCF 2018 Grants Celebration.

Happy Holidays!

As the Board Chair of the Ramona Community Foundation (RCF),  I want to thank our dedicated members as we a celebrate a fantastic year and say goodbye to 2018.

We had an exciting Grants Celebration in October, granting our highest total ever – $46,000 –  to 15 very deserving nonprofit organizations that are demonstrating the power to build a more vibrant Ramona community.

Our members and I are proud to make an impact in our community with the help of these grantees. We look forward to growing our organization in 2019 and continuing to contribute to a better Ramona!

Kris Zook
Board Chair

RCF Holiday Mixer
RCF board member Kevin McNees (left) poses with new members Brian and Mary King at the Holiday Mixer.

Holiday Mixer & New Members

We had a successful Holiday Membership Mixer on December 7 at the home of board members Cindy Galloway and Jeffrey Wells!

About 30 members and guests shared the holiday spirit with one another and welcomed our newest members Brian and Mary King!

Brian and Mary joined a group several new RCF members, including:

  • Robert Burch
  • Victoria Burch
  • Michelle Larvenz
  • Mary Halliday
  • William Scheitzer
  • Kathleen Scheitzer

We’re delighted to have these community leaders join us in our pursuit of making Ramona a better place to live, work and play!

Grantee Spotlight: Hearts and Hooves Therapy

“We are so thankful for the $3,000 grant we received from RCF!” shared Melissa Sargent, Founder & CEO of 2018 RCF grantee Hearts and Hooves Therapy.

Hearts and Hooves Therapy
Hearts and Hooves Therapy provides animal-based therapy sessions for all ages.
  • Grant award: $3,000
  • Grant purpose: Help fund on-site and off-site animal-based therapy for children and adults. The sessions include basic horse safety and ability-appropriate educational games to teach confidence, courage and respect.
  • Results-to-date: Provided 96, free on-site animal therapy sessions to eight different groups of children and adults and four off-site visits to San Diegans.

“The impact of the grant has been amazing and truly a blessing to the Ramona community,” Sargent explained. “It has exceeded our expectations and helped extend the reach of our programs.”

3 Ways to Increase Your Impact in 2018

We hope that you will encourage friends and neighbors to support our community through RCF.

Our mission is to preserve the quality of life, protect what is good and create a better future for Ramona.

We’re wishing everyone an enjoyable holiday season and Happy New Year!

As 2018 nears its end and you finalize your year-end charitable giving decisions, please consider three ways to increase your impact in Ramona:

  1. Renew Your Membership Online
  2. Upgrade Your Membership Level
  3. Refer a Friend to Our Affiliate