October 2019 Letter from Oceanside Board Chair Vince Alessi

Group of children and a teacher looking at paintings
A grant from OCF supports the Literacy Through Art program at Oceanside Museum of Art.

Hello, Oceanside Charitable Foundation (OCF) members. Our fall is off to a fast start and I am happy to share some important updates with you.

We had a nice End of Summer Event at the Oceanside Broiler. Thank you to those that were able to make it. It was a meaningful night connecting with other members and hearing from Casa de Amparo on the impact of their OCF grant. We also welcomed new members, Bill and Deborah Loftus and Corporate Member Frontwave Credit Union. We sincerely appreciate the support and your investment in Oceanside!

Please learn more about Frontwave Credit Union as part of our member spotlight below. You’ll also hear from past grantee Oceanside Museum of Art on the impact of their Literacy Through Art programs.

Our Grants Committee has taken the feedback from our members and selected our grant focus for the year. For this 2020 grant cycle, OCF is seeking applications for programs that support community well-being, including cultural image enhancement, food insecurity, stronger families and expanded diversity collaboration. If you are interested in joining the Grants Committee, it is not too late. Please contact Estela Mitrani at estelam@sdfoundation.org.

Current members are invited to join us at our Holiday Event on December 10 at the home of founding member Colleen O’Harra. More details and invitation to follow.

Finally, I am focused on identifying businesses to highlight in our community as partners in the good work we support. If you know of any local businesses that should know about OCF, your introduction would be appreciated.

It is truly an honor to serve you all. Thank you for your commitment to Oceanside.

Member Spotlight

Frontwave Credit Union's new Escondido branch
Frontwave Credit Union’s new Escondido branch

For nearly 70 years, Frontwave Credit Union has been helping members in Southern California achieve their goals and attain financial security. The company’s goal is not just to provide great financial services but also serve as a positive force in the community. Throughout its history, Frontwave Credit Union has supported a variety of charitable events and organizations making a difference in the community. OCF is one of those causes.

We asked Chip Dykes, Community Relations Manager at Frontwave Credit Union, why it was important for them to join and he shared, “We are committed to the Oceanside Charitable Foundation because it’s all about Oceanside and the grant dollars stay in the community. This is a unique proposition for the community and its members.”

Grantee Spotlight

A girl points to a detail in a painting
Third grade students learn to “read” a painting through the Oceanside Museum of Art Literacy Through Art program.

With the generous support from OCF, Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is able to address a core need facing Oceanside’s most vulnerable youth through the implementation of its brand new Literacy Through Art (LTA) program.

Rooted in a community-wide effort to support the growth of early childhood literacy, and building on strong partnerships with both Oceanside Unified School District and the Oceanside Public Library, OMA provides third-grade students and educators with direct access to their community museum and library, two essential yet nontraditional resources for learning, inspiration and creativity.

With the goal of increasing both a desire and readiness to read amongst third graders, as well as to provide educators with an alternative arts-integrated approach to teaching literacy, LTA engages students in the unique process of “reading” real works of art, creating their own stories through individual art-making, and by finding new ways to explore culturally responsive literature over a series of interactive field trips.

Thank you for your generous support!

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