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Over 1,000 teachers receive over $1 million in free school supplies

Over one thousand teachers got extra help for their classrooms at the first I.E.’s Largest Teachers Appreciation Day event held at Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC) on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Teachers from all over San Bernardino County chose from over $1 million in new school supplies donated by the Family and Kids Foundation. The event was open to elementary school teachers from all school districts. CAPSCB and Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy provided warehousing, sorting, and distributing the items, as well as publicizing the event to teachers and lending a hand as attendees browsed through the materials and chose items for their classrooms. Assemblymember Eloise Gomez-Reyes stopped by to support the event and presented certificates of appreciation, saying, “This event celebrates the joy of teachers who work tremendously hard to provide the best learning experience that will prepare all students to have successful futures.” Photo CAPSBC: San Bernardino City Unified School District and CAPSBC board member Dr. Margaret Hill peers into a bag full of supplies. CAPSBC board member Dr. Margaret Hill said, “These items go a long way in helping…

Think Together hosts Lights on Afterschool rally

Think Together, a statewide nonprofit organization that partners with schools to provide early learning, afterschool and support programs, and school improvement hosted a Lights On Afterschool rally on October 24 at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Colton with VIP guest Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes.  Launched in 2000 by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the celebration. The students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary learned how to do Bollywood dances with beautiful costumes made for them and a spectacular stage. Site coordinator Bryann and her team created a memorable event.  “Anything you want to do, you can do. Anything you want to be, you can be” said Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes to the children. Principal Cynthia Coello is a huge supporter of Think Together’s afterschool program and said “It is an extension of our school day and is a place to keep our students safe and can continue their learning.”  Reyes stated, “These after schoolprograms – and this one in particular – is probably the best. Knowing that our children are safe, they are with great supervision, they are with…

The Community Foundation hosts Women’s Giving Fund Fall Soiree

On Sept 26, The Community Foundation hosted over 50 women during its Fall Soiree at the Mission Gables House in Redlands where they learned about the Women’s Giving Fund and what their giving can do together to support women and children in need in the Inland Empire. Guests heard from Stephanie Buckley, from Wells Fargo Bank, who provided a presentation on her journey to philanthropy and the personal values that are connected to her giving. They also learned about the families who benefited from the $15,000 grant Purple Hearts received last year. It was amazing to hear of the five families that have been given a fresh start and are rebuilding their lives because of the Fund. Because of Purple Hearts’ approach, in 20 years no battered woman has returned to her batterer, including these women and their children. That’s the power of collaborative giving! If you are interested in giving to the Women’s Giving Fund or would like more information, contact Darcy McNaboe, Regional Charitable Giving Officer at dmcnaboe@thecommunityfoundation.net or call 951.241.7777. The post The Community Foundation hosts Women’s Giving Fund Fall Soiree appeared first on…

Aguilar announces $1.5 million for San Bernardino jobs program

Representative Pete Aguilar announced Friday that Citadel Community Development Corporation, a San Bernardino-based nonprofit, received a grant of $1,500,000 from the United States Department of Labor. The grant funding will allow Citadel to carry out its mission of helping formerly-incarcerated Inland Empire residents re-enter the workforce by funding on-the-job training and support for new hires. “Whether it’s accessing education or enrolling in vocational training, we must work to remove the barriers that keep formerly-incarcerated members of our community from finding good jobs and taking control of their futures. Organizations like Citadel provide an invaluable service to our community, which is why I’m proud to support programs that help them continue their work,” said Rep. Aguilar. “Funding from this grant will enable us to hire additional staff to work specifically with this population. We will also be able to offer internships in conjunction with pre-apprenticeship training, and offer subsidized wages for on-the-job training. We’re proud of the work we do in our community, and grateful for this funding which will help us continue that work,” said Annette Punimata, Program Director at Citadel Community Development Corporation. The…

Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation awards $250,000 in grants to nine Inland Charities helping families, women in need

The Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation recently announced that it has awarded $250,000 in grants to local community organizations that work to improve the health and wellbeing of underserved families in the Inland Empire. Grants were given out at the Foundation’s first awards luncheon, held Wednesday, Aug. 28 at The Mexico Café in San Bernardino. Founded and funded by longtime Inland Empire physician and philanthropist Dr. Guillermo Valenzuela, the Foundation has awarded nearly $700,000 in grants since its launch in 2015. The Foundation’s 2019 grants were provided to local non-profit organizations whose activities align with the Foundation’s mission of expanding access to healthcare and improving quality care by addressing the Inland Empire’s shortage of physicians and healthcare providers. “I am delighted that our 2019 Foundation grants are supporting such incredible organizations, each of which plays a crucial role in improving the health, wellbeing, and potential opportunities of families and women in need across the Inland Empire,” Valenzuela said.  “The care, services and most importantly, the compassion provided by these organizations across the Inland Region are absolutely vital to improving outcomes for the most vulnerable among us.”…

Boys & Girls Club holding Day for Kids, open house Sept. 21

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside will hold its annual Day for Kids community block party and open house on Saturday, Sept. 21. The free, public event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hansberger Clubhouse, 1251 Clay St., Redlands. Day for Kids celebrates youth and the community they live in, and offers families a chance to spend time together. There will be food, games, music, crafts, informational booths, and free vision screenings. New this year, Club members will perform in a talent show. “Day for Kids is an opportunity for everyone in the community to celebrate our youth,” said Club senior vice president Mark Davis. “And this year, they can see some of our members showcase their talents.” The Club will host an open house and offer tours during Day for Kids. Members of the community can make reservations for vision screenings for youth ages 5 to 18. Interested parents can call (888) 822-6535, ext. 201, or email jmolina@bgcie.org for requirements to qualify. Event sponsors include Panda Express, the City of Redlands, Kiwanis Club of Redlands (noon) and Redlands Optometry Group. More…

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