July 2019 Letter from Chula Vista Board Chair Lisa Moctezuma

July 2019 Letter from Chula Vista Board Chair Lisa Moctezuma
Chula Vista Charitable Foundation member Monica Montano with Board Member Debbie Discar-Espe and Board Chair Lisa Moctezuma at the 9th Annual Grants Celebration

Hello Chula Vista Charitable Foundation (CVCF) members. I hope your summer is off to a fantastic start!

I want to thank everyone who was able to attend our Grants Celebration on May 30. It was truly a joyous occasion as we came together to mark our 9th year of giving by granting $50,000 to two nonprofit organizations combatting hunger and homelessness. I also would like to give a special thank you to our incredibly gracious hosts, Steve and Sandy Norton! This was certainly an impactful grant cycle and you can expect this upcoming cycle year to be no different.

Our 10th annual grant cycle is just beginning and you should have already received the annual focus survey. If you haven’t already, please take the time to fill this out and let us know which issues matter most to you. As always, it is you, our members, who determine the focus area of each year’s funding.

This is also a great time to specify if you are interested in getting more involved by joining a committee. For me, one of the most rewarding aspects of being a member is getting to know firsthand the impact our grant dollars make.

Please take a moment to read our member spotlight on Chayo Moreno and the inspirational impact story from our 2017-2018 grantee, The Arc of San Diego, which received a $12,000 grant from CVCF to support the Early Intervention Services Program.

I am humbled and honored to serve you all. Cheers to another year of transformational impact. Please let me know of anything I or your board can do to serve you and Chula Vista better. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

-Lisa

Member Spotlight

Chayo Moreno was recently invited to a CVCF event this past May by board member Zaneta Encarnacion. She was impressed by the wonderful work being done in Chula Vista and decided, without hesitation, to join CVCF. She strongly believes it is important to give back and show gratitude for the many opportunities throughout her life that have brought her success.

She played college basketball at Yavapai College and completed her bachelor’s degree at San Diego State University in Graphic Design.

After working at various organizations in management, sales and customer service, she pursued her master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.

During her career she has acted as an adjunct professor at Southwestern College, teaching leadership and business courses for more than 10 years, as well as serving as a member of the Southwestern College Foundation Board for approximately six years.

Currently, Chayo is an insurance broker helping individuals with their Medicare options, a field she loves because of the opportunity to help clients make the best decisions for their health and wellbeing.

Welcome to CVCF, Chayo!

Grantee Spotlight

The Arc of San Diego supports and empowers people with disabilities to achieve their life goals.

Many people believe that children learn to read and write in kindergarten or first grade. But developing literacy skills begins at birth through everyday loving interactions—sharing books, telling stories, singing songs, talking to one another, or pointing out and naming objects. Parents are also educated and participate in play therapy that can be continued in the family’s home. The Arc of San Diego adheres to the theory that all adults—parents, grandparents and teachers—play a powerful role in preparing young children for future school success and in becoming self-confident and motivated learners.

Thanks to grant support from CVCF, The Arc of San Diego was able to increase the number of children in the Early Intervention Services Program and provide more supplies that help the organization implement a wide variety of therapies to help infants and toddlers of Chula Vista to overcome early developmental delays.

We are proud to support the amazing work of The Arc of San Diego and the lasting impact it is making in our community.

Thank you for your generous support!

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