October 7, 2015 – San Diego, CA – Ramona Community Foundation (RCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, today announced it awarded $41,473 to 10 nonprofit organizations that demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant and healthy community.

The grants were formally awarded at the RCF 4th Annual Grant Celebration on Thursday, October 1 at Salerno Winery in Ramona. Programs funded include: Stepping Stones to Stem Success with the Boys and Girls Clubs Ramona Branch ($5,000); Screen Your Teen with Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation ($3,500); Partner Mobile Pantry with Feeding America San Diego ($4,773); Offsite and Onsite Sessions with Hearts & Hooves ($1,000); Ramona Sobering Center with In His Steps Christian Recovery Homes ($7,000); Low Water Use Drippage System at Ramona Community Garden ($1,700); Reducing Senior Food Insecurities with the Ramona Senior Center ($5,000); Main Hall Project with the Ramona Town Hall ($7,000); Crisis Invention with Trauma Intervention Programs ($4,000); and Write Out Loud ($2,500).

“In just four years, we have granted more than $126,000 to nonprofits working to make Ramona a better place to work, live and play” celebrated Wes Brustad, Chair of the Ramona Community Foundation. “Thanks to the collective support of our local leaders, friends and neighbors, Ramona Community Foundation is able to play an active role in improving the quality of life within our community. We are excited to see the impact this year’s grant programs will have in Ramona.”

RCF is dedicated to improving the quality of life and meeting emerging needs in Ramona by increasing responsible and effective philanthropy; building a community endowment for the benefit of the region; providing funds annually to community organizations and causes, and giving the community a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts that will benefit Ramona now and forever.

To learn more about how to get involved, contact Trudy Armstrong at trudy@sdfoundation.org.

About the 2015 Grantees:

Stepping Stones to Stem Success
Boys and Girls Clubs Ramona Branch

A grant of $5,000 will support the STEM program at the Boys and Girls Club in Ramona. The STEM program will immerse young people from diverse, low-income backgrounds in the dynamic world of science, technology, engineering and math. The project will support and supplement school-based STEM programs, and help to ignite interest and increased aptitude in these subjects.

Screen Your Teen
Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation

A grant of $3,500 will provide free youth heart screenings in Ramona through the Screen Your Teen program. The Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation provides free heart screenings to all children and young adult to identify cardiac abnormalities that put them at risk. With a goal of screening 5,000 youth every year, the organization partners with area high schools to host six annual events.

Partner Mobile Pantry
Feeding America San Diego

A grant of $4,773 will support a hunger-relief program, the Mobile Pantry, which provides underserved families with vital resources, such as food and clothing. Feeding America San Diego’s Mobile Pantry delivers food to neighborhoods that have a high incidence of poverty and lack access to transportation, but experience relatively low levels of emergency food assistance.

Offsite and Onsite Sessions
Hearts and Hooves

A grant of $1,000 will aid the Hearts & Hooves program that provides mini-horses and other animals to teach youth and seniors basic horse safety, hoof care and proper grooming. The program incorporates educational games into each session to teach confidence, courage and respect. Additionally, the grant will support off-site trips to local senior centers, schools, assisted living facilities and individual homes in Ramona to expand the reach of the program.

Ramona Sobering Center
In His Steps Christian Recovery Homes

A grant of $7,000 will create a non-medical sobering center in Ramona where law enforcement or private individuals can bring intoxicated persons, thus providing an alternative to jail or hospitalization. The facility will provide residents with drug or alcohol problems a supportive and nurturing environment that will aid them in their re-entry back into society.

Low Water Use Drippage System
Ramona Community Garden

A grant of $1,700 will help the Ramona Community Garden purchase the components needed to assemble low water-use drip systems for 50 garden plots. The preparation and assembly of the drip systems will be accomplished entirely by local volunteers, to promote gardening education and improve the quality of life for local families.

Reducing Senior Food Insecurities
Ramona Senior Center

A grant of $5,000 will address current food insecurities for seniors in Ramona with Meals on Wheels. The grant will also support broader efforts to reduce food insecurity by 50 percent with long term sustainable solutions by the end of 2016. This will be accomplished by educating the community and establishing permanent grants.

Main Hall Project
Ramona Town Hall

A grant of $7,000 will enable Ramona Town Hall to hire a professional fundraiser to assist in developing a sustained fundraising plan for the restoration of the entire “Main Hall.”

Crisis Intervention
Trauma Intervention Programs

A grant of $4,000 will help provide emotional and practical support to citizens in crisis, while involving community members in compassionate community service throughout Ramona.

Write Out Loud
A grant of $2,500 will allow Write Out Loud to bring free short story concerts to Ramona. Write Out Loud will lead a community-based initiative that offers residents of all ages free, age-appropriate story telling programs that combine the art of storytelling by a professional actor with post performance discussion.

About the Ramona Community Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program
The Regional Affiliate program, including the Ramona Community Foundation, was established by The San Diego Foundation to build and promote a regional network of community affiliate foundations by leveraging local leadership in building endowments, increasing responsible and effective philanthropy, and promoting local and regional civic engagement. Since 2006, The San Diego Foundation has established affiliates in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, San Ysidro, and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 700 members, built endowments of more than $3.8 million overall, and granted more than $3.4 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region. For additional information, please visit sdfoundation.org/CommunityFoundations.

About The San Diego Foundation
Celebrating 40 years of philanthropic leadership (1975-2015), The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving to grow a vibrant region. The Foundation manages more than $682 million in assets, more than half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $924 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. Join us as we look ahead to the next 40 years with the Future40 event series and Fund for the Future. For more information, visit The San Diego Foundation’s website, SDF News blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600, vheald@behmedia.com
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300, justin@sdfoundation.org