At the 26th Annual Rancho Bernardo Thanksgiving Luncheon, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF) granted a record $70,578 to 19 grantees that enhance the quality of life for Ranch Bernardo community members.

“With this grant cycle we were concentrated on programs that would increase dialogue and participation among Ranch Bernardo community members, young to old,” stated RBCF Chair Kevin Martin.

Fire Safety for Youth to Seniors

Among the list of 2015 grantees was the Burn Institute. For almost 43 years, the organization has been dedicated to reducing fire and burn-related injuries and deaths in San Diego and Imperial Counties. With the 2015 RBCF grant of $5,000, Burn Institute plans to increase support of three programs in the Rancho Bernardo community.

  • Fire Safe Kids program is a school-based fire and burn prevention curriculum designed by local educators and fire service professionals to engage, entertain and inform students. In the past year, Burn Institute presented the Fire Safe Kids program to 239 Rancho Bernardo area elementary students thanks to a previous grant from RBCF. In 2016, the program will be extended to 4-6 grade students.
  • Senior Fire Safety & Smoke Alarm Program installs free life-saving smoke alarms for seniors. To qualify for the Burn Institute’s Senior Smoke Alarm Program, seniors must be 62 years or older, own their own home and live in Rancho Bernardo. Know someone who qualifies? Slots fill up quickly — call now 858-541-2277!
  • “Living with Wildfire” educational materials will be distributed to homeowners to provide vital information on the dangers of wildfires and how to reduce risk for families and properties.

“With the targeted funding provided by RBCF, we are able to direct efforts to make an impact in an area that is vulnerable to wildfires and invest the money right back in to the community,” explained Burn Institute Executive Director Susan Day.

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Through the power of this San Diego Foundation Regional Affiliate’s “giving together,” RBCF members are each able to take pride in the significant role they play in growing a more vibrant community in Rancho Bernardo. Just like the Burn Institute support, grantmaking goes directly into the community to help improve the quality of life for those living in the area by supporting nonprofit organizations serving community residents.

Become a member of the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation and Regional Affiliate Program today to start your impact and join like-minded donors and groups engaged in and improving the community.

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