October 5, 2018 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Community Foundation (RCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded $46,000 in funding to 15 nonprofits at its 7th Annual Grants Celebration at the Ranch Events Center on October 4. RCF focused its 2018-2019 grantmaking on projects that specifically demonstrate the power to build a more vibrant Ramona community.

The programs funded include: ArtReach, Arts for Learning, Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego, Feeding San Diego, Friends of Ramona Library, Girls on the Run San Diego, Guy B. Woodward Museum, Heart and Hooves Therapy, Inc., Honorary Deputy Sheriffs Association, Michael’s House, Inc., North County Health Service, Pacific Educational Facilities, Inc. DBA Ramona Senior Center, Ramona Pregnancy Care, Trauma Intervention Program of San Diego, Inc., and Write Out Loud

“For nearly a decade, community members in Ramona have come together to support a variety of programs that advance the quality of life for everyone in the region,” shared Kristin Zook, RCF Board Chair. “By giving together, Ramona Community Foundation members are taking a firsthand approach to building a stronger, more vibrant community for everyone who lives, works and plays in Ramona.”

Since its inception, RCF has granted more than $200,000 to over 50 nonprofit programs that advance quality of life in Ramona. As a result of its continued commitment to the community, the Ramona Chamber of Commerce honored RCF with the Nonprofit of the Year award last year.

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 local organizations and causes, and giving the community a vehicle for legacy planning and gifts that will benefit Ramona now and forever.

To become a member, visit the RCF site or contact Trudy Armstrong at trudy@sdfoundation.org.

About the 2018 Grantees:

ArtReach Access to Art Program
ArtReach believes that all children, regardless of zip code or socioeconomic status, need the opportunity to learn the tools, vocabulary and skills for artistic expression. The $4,000 grant will bring new art materials and techniques to Ramona students in grades K-6th.

Arts for Learning
Take Note: Music in the Schools
Arts for Learning, one of San Diego’s largest providers of arts education programs, delivers high-quality arts education experiences in school and community settings. The $3,000 grant will add an in-depth workshop to the program, allowing an artist to work directly with individual classes to increase their understanding and connection to the arts.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego
Project Learn
The Boys & Girls Club Project Learn is a nationally tested academic improvement program strategy that expands the learning experience for members by reinforcing and enhancing the knowledge and skills learned at school through fun, creative, and hands-on, high-yield learning activities. The $2,500 grant will provide homework help and academic support, enabling members to develop the daily habit of completing homework in a safe, quiet, allocated space with staff and volunteer support.

Feeding San Diego
Ramona Agency Produce Program
Feeding San Diego is a leading hunger-relief charity and food bank serving San Diego County, and its Produce Program will provide nearly 9.4 million pounds of produce to San Diegans this year. The grant of $3,000 will enable Feeding San Diego to reach approximately 200 individual households at each of the two partner agencies within Ramona every month (estimated 400 households in total).

Friends of Ramona Library
Community Hero Storytime
Every hero has a story and that hero does not have to wear a cape, fly, or leap over buildings. The $2,000 grant will provide the materials and resources for 10 Community Hero Storytimes for the preschool age children of Ramona. Local Community Heroes will teach children that heroes exist all around by sharing stories, teaching and giving advice and guidance.

Girls on the Run San Diego
Ramona Girls on the Run Site
Girls on the Run San Diego (GOTRSD) inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which integrates running. The $4,000 grant will enable GOTRSD to provide 20 participants with reduced program fees for one year. Each girl is provided with a strong foundation to foster self-confidence enabling them to positively impact both personal and social change within their community.

Guy B. Woodward Museum
Charles LeMenager Reference Library
The Ramona Pioneer Historical Society & Guy B. Woodward Museum works to preserve and illustrate the history of the United States, and particularly California, San Diego County and the Ramona area. The $2,000 grant will allow the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society to convert a former storage room into a reference library. The library will feature research materials from Charles LeMenager, used in writing his books about Ramona and the surrounding area and the works of Professor James Moriarty and Arthur Woodward.

Heart and Hooves Therapy, Inc.
Funding On-site and Off-site Sessions and Visits
Hearts & Hooves Therapy enhances the lives of children and adults by providing hands-on animal-based therapy. The $3,000 grant will provide the Ramona community with 140 on-site sessions and five off-site therapy visits. The sessions include basic horse safety and ability appropriate educational games to teach confidence, courage and respect.

Honorary Deputy Sheriffs Association
Ramona Sheriff’s Station Canine Unit
The $2,500 grant will allow the Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association to build a dog run and kennel for the Ramona substation. With the new facility, there will be a canine handler and canine assigned to the Ramona substation full-time to serve the community. The canine unit will bring an important resource for both deputies and community members. Canines can be used on school campuses for narcotic detection, assisting with bomb and arson identification and apprehension with combative individuals.

Michael’s House, Inc.
Courtyard to Garden Conversion Project
Michael’s House provides a caring, supportive environment for people with a variety of intellectual and developmental abilities. The $3,000 grant will enable Michael’s House to convert their dilapidated courtyard into a Community Garden, complete with raised garden beds, a chicken coop and seating. The project will provide residents with enriching animal interactions and valuable lessons on responsibility and self-sustainability.

North County Health Service
Portable Dental X-Ray Unit for the New NCHS Ramona Health Center
The $5,000 grant will enable North County Health Service (NCHS) to increase capacity and offer an additional 2,500 dental visits each year to Ramona’s underserved residents. The current NCHS Ramona Health Center has three dental operatories, while the new health center is going to greatly expand dental services through four dental operatories and a private dental procedure room and a full-time dental provider.

Pacific Educational Facilities, Inc. DBA Ramona Senior Center
Senior Nutrition Program
The Ramona Senior Center is an active independent program designed by seniors for seniors. The main objective of the Ramona Senior Center is to improve the quality of life of seniors age 60 and over through good nutrition and socialization. The $5,000 grant will help the Ramona Senior Center provide a nutrition program focused on nutritionally balanced meals to an average of 200 seniors each day, Monday through Friday.

Ramona Pregnancy Care
Class Updates and Curriculum Enhancements
The $2,000 grant will help the Ramona Pregnancy Care provide classes in the areas of abstinence, fertility, and childbirth, as well as post-abortion counseling and miscarriage healing. The grant will also provide updates to the Earn While You Learn curriculum and videos in both English and Spanish.

Trauma Intervention Program of San Diego, Inc.
Crisis Intervention
The Trauma Intervention Program is a volunteer organization of specially trained citizen volunteers who provide immediate emotional and practical support to those traumatically affected in emergency situations. The $2,500 grant will provide the Ramona Fire Department with ongoing support from Trauma Intervention Program volunteers serving the citizens of Ramona. Volunteers will be available to respond to the Ramona Fire Department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Write Out Loud
Write Out Loud Ramona
Write Out Loud inspires, challenges and entertains by reading literature aloud for live audiences. The $2,500 grant will provide at least 18 performances of StoryBox Theatre at the Ramona Library, Ramona Elementary and the Ramona Boys and Girls Club, at least 16 performances of Stories for Seniors between Ramona Senior Manor, Ramona Senior Lodge and Ramona Senior Center and one fully-produced production of Ripples from Walden Pond.

About the Ramona Community Foundation & the Regional Affiliate Program

The Regional Affiliate Program, including the Ramona Community Foundation, was established was established by The San Diego Foundation to create a regional network of affiliate foundations by leveraging local leadership, building endowments, increasing impactful philanthropy, and promoting civic engagement. Affiliates reside in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The Regional Affiliate program has exceeded 1,000 members, established endowments of more than $4.6 million overall, and granted more than $5 million in total to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever.


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