October 2020 Letter from 4SCF Board Chair Theresa Burke

The 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation is committed to our community through the financial support of nonprofit organizations, projects and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work and play in 4SRanch~Del Sur.
The 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation is committed to our community through the financial support of nonprofit organizations, projects and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those who live, work and play in 4SRanch~Del Sur.

First and foremost, I hope this finds you and your family well.  If your children are at home in school while you are trying to work from home, my thoughts are with you!

Even though this year has presented us with many challenges, The 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation (4SCF) continues to work hard in support of our community. In November we are kicking off our grants cycle with a theme that focuses on COVID-19 recovery programs for our community. Given the challenges that we are all facing in this difficult time, we believe this is the best way to serve our community.

For this grant cycle we will address Community COVID-19 Recovery for families and individuals of all ages in 4S Ranch and Del Sur. Our recovery from this pandemic needs to be as unique as the pandemic itself. The examples given below are not intended to define the box but merely provide some ideas. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Employment related programs that create employment opportunities or assist in job training for workers impacted by COVID.
  • Programs that address educational issues such as home schooling, catch up for students due to missed school, material support for distance/virtual learning, and after school activities targeting heath and well-being.
  • Programs or projects that provide constructive activities for residents that target overall health and well-being.
  • Programs that address the physiological and/or psychological impacts of COVID and assist residents in dealing with them.
  • Programs that target preventative education and/or diagnostic testing to reduce the spread of COVID within the community.
  • Programs that offer support to families in which the parents must work from home with pre-school age children and/or school age children enrolled in virtual learning at home together.

Please encourage any nonprofit or school serving our community to apply. Proposals will be due December 21. If you are interested in learning more about 4SCF grantmaking or would like to join the Grants Committee, please contact Trudy Armstrong at trudy@sdfoundation.org.  

We will also be looking to expand membership with personal outreach. Our grantmaking is dependent on your memberships. Your commitment to preserving and protecting the future of our community through your donations to our community foundation is making 4S Ranch and Del Sur a better place to live, work and play. Your membership has never been more important!

Please know how much your generosity is appreciated.

We need help. Would you like to participate in reaching out to fellow members of our community? Please email trudy@sdfoundation.org to learn more.

We truly miss seeing you in person. I want to wish you a safe and happy Holiday Season!

Theresa Burke
Chair, 4S Ranch~Del Sur Community Foundation

Member Spotlight: Deanne Hormovitis

Deanne Hormovitis is originally from New York State. She attended Union College and later received her Master’s in teaching from Columbia University. She has taught high school Math in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota before settling down in San Diego 16 years ago. She resides in 4S Ranch with her husband and daughter who is a senior at La Jolla Country Day School. She has served on educational boards including being an advisor to St. Spyridon’s Greek School in San Diego. Deanne is a Founding member of the 4S Ranch~ Del Sur Community Foundation and has served as Grants Chair and on the Board for over a decade.

“The 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation is the only foundation that serves our specific community; every penny granted stays right here in 4S Ranch and Del Sur,” says Deanne. “Through the strength of our members and their efforts, the Foundation has had a total impact of over $280,000 in our community. Knowing all the good the Foundation does makes me proud to live here. Over the years of my involvement, I have met some fantastic neighbors and it’s a privilege to serve with each and every one of them.”

Grantee Spotlight: Poway Unified School District Running Club

Last year with generous support from 4SCF and its members, the Poway Unified School District Running Club was able to support a running club at four elementary schools – Design 39 Campus, Del Sur Elementary, Monterey Ridge Elementary and Stone Ranch Elementary. Even when on-campus learning was halted due to COVID-19, students were still encouraged to run at home and report their running times or distances.

“We know that in the six months prior to COVID-19, the Running Clubs went well at each school, providing tremendous benefits to the children’s physical and emotional wellbeing,” said Jane Radatz, PUSD Running Club Representative. “Virtual running clubs encouraged students to stay active and their progress was still included in year-end awards.”

This support from 4SCF was instrumental in convincing the Diamond Gateway Women’s Organization and Palomar Health to support Running Clubs at other schools in the Poway Unified School District. Thank you 4SCF members for helping to bring physical activity and wellness to our young children in the 4S Ranch and Del Sur communities!