Happy New Year to everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday season.

It was wonderful to see many of you at the grant celebration and holiday event in December at the Guy Woodward Pioneer Museum. That is one amazing tree that they had in front of the museum for the holidays! We appreciate their generosity in hosting our event.

RCF grantees holding grant checks

On Dec. 7, RCF awarded $40,000 to seven local nonprofit programs in our 12th year of grantmaking. RCF has granted over a half million dollars to over 100 nonprofit programs that strengthen the quality of life for all who live, work and enjoy Ramona. Our 2023 – 2024 grantees include:

  • $5,000 to ArtReach to serve all K-6 students at Ramona Elementary, with dynamic social-emotional learning and visual and performing arts-aligned visual arts workshops.
  • $5,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego to provide an outdoor education program called “The Ultimate Journey,” which provides youth from underserved backgrounds with lessons in ecosystem exploration, finding and visiting your local park, and reuse/reduce/recycling strategies.
  • $5,000 to Friends of the Ramona Library to purchase new all-in-one computer workstations to help children, ages 2 to 12, attain early literacy and school readiness skills.
  • $5,000 to TrueCare to continue its Health Equity Through Uncompensated Care program to ensure individuals and families in Ramona who are unable to afford the sliding fee can still receive care without the burden of cost.
  • $10,000 to Ramona Senior Center for its Senior Nutrition Program that serves nutritious meals to seniors who may be unable to provide for themselves.
  • $5,000 to Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego Inc. to work with the Ramona Fire Department to ensure volunteers will be available to respond to crises alongside the Ramona Fire Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  • $5,000 to Voices for Children to recruit, train, screen and supervise additional Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) who will serve Ramona’s children in the foster care system.

In other news, the Ramona Chamber of Commerce named Ramona Community Foundation 2023 Nonprofit of the Year! It was a great honor to accept this award on behalf of our foundation, and it could not have happened without your generosity and commitment!

Nonprofit of the Year

This impact is due to your generosity and pooled philanthropy. Please renew your commitment today and share the incredible impact on our community by asking your neighbors and friends to join us in this critical work.  Please contact Trudy Armstrong for assistance with a new membership or your renewal.

Nonprofit of the Year

Robert Krysak
Chair, Ramona Community Foundation

Grantee Spotlight: ArtReach

Thanks to a grant from RCF, ArtReach returned to Ramona classrooms for the 2021 – 2022 school year. More than ever, teachers say that the ArtReach program is critical for their students, especially for their social-emotional development.

“My students are always so excited when it is their round for ArtReach at our school. My students love Ms. Catherine and we are always so sad when our time together comes to an end. It has been wonderful to see their creative sides come out … I notice such a difference in my students when they are able to express themselves with art. It is also so fun to see how proud they are of their final work, especially when it is showcased at our open house at the end of the year. Thank you for all that you do!” –Kelly Gray, 5th Grade Teacher, Ramona Elementary