Riverside

Bank of America awards Riverside City College $1 million for jobs initiative

Riverside City College (RCC) and Bank of America announced recently a new $1 million jobs initiative partnership to help students of color successfully complete the education and training necessary to enter the workforce and embark on their path to success in Southern California. This grant is part of Bank of America’s ongoing work in the region to address the underlying issues facing individuals and communities of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the current health crisis.    “We remain committed to helping address the barriers to sustainable employment that exist for many communities of color,” said Bank of America Inland Empire market president Al Argüello. “This program helps support Black and Hispanic-Latino students by creating a collaborative approach to job training that will enable them to make a real and meaningful impact in their communities now and over the years ahead.” “This generous grant from the Bank of America reflects our long-standing partnership, united as we are in providing opportunity to students and strengthening the regional economy,” RCC President Gregory Anderson said. “This gift will streamline pathways to academic and career success, particularly for students of color.” This year, the…

Molina Healthcare celebrates five heroes through Community Champions Awards Program

Molina Healthcare of California (“Molina”) honored five compassionate heroes from the Inland Empire through Molina’s Community Champions Awards program. Due to the pandemic, Molina presented each awardee with a trophy and flowers in a socially distanced fashion in lieu of a ceremonial event. The Champions each received a $5,000 grant to pay forward to the organization of their choice. “We are thrilled to continue our tradition of honoring heroes who have displayed an unwavering commitment to improving the health and lives of their neighbors in the Inland Empire,” said John Kotal, plan president of Molina Healthcare of California. “Although our Community Champions program looks different this year, the heart of it is the same – taking the opportunity to recognize selfless individuals who demonstrate the importance of helping others, especially during challenging times.” This year’s Community Champions Awards honorees included: Angelina Sabala of Rialto: For more than 8 years, Angelina Sabala has been a cherished member of the Pacific Clinics Fulfillment Unity Network (F.U.N.) Clubhouse in Rialto. When she first came to the Clubhouse, Angelina connected with fellow members recovering from substance abuse and mental health challenges,…

MolinaCares Accord in California celebrates five heroes through Community Champions Awards Program

Molina Healthcare of California (“Molina”) honored five compassionate heroes from the Inland Empire through Molina’s Community Champions Awards program. Due to the pandemic, Molina presented each awardee with a trophy and flowers in a socially distanced fashion in lieu of a ceremonial event. The Champions each received a $5,000 grant to pay forward to the organization of their choice. “We are thrilled to continue our tradition of honoring heroes who have displayed an unwavering commitment to improving the health and lives of their neighbors in the Inland Empire,” said John Kotal, plan president of Molina Healthcare of California. “Although our Community Champions program looks different this year, the heart of it is the same – taking the opportunity to recognize selfless individuals who demonstrate the importance of helping others, especially during challenging times.” This year’s Community Champions Awards honorees included: Angelina Sabala of Rialto: For more than 8 years, Angelina Sabala has been a cherished member of the Pacific Clinics Fulfillment Unity Network (F.U.N.) Clubhouse in Rialto. When she first came to the Clubhouse, Angelina connected with fellow members recovering from substance abuse and mental health challenges,…

Assembly Agriculture Chair Rivas, Assemblymembers Reyes, Medina tour Inland Empire agriculture entities

On Monday, Oct. 26, recently appointed Assembly Agriculture Chair Robert Rivas visited the Inland Empire on his statewide tour of the agriculture industry, meeting with local industry leaders and elected officials, including Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino) and Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside). “The Inland Empire was a must-stop for me on my ag tour of California,” Asm. Rivas said. “Riverside and San Bernardino have a rich history of innovation and food production going back over a century, and I want to ensure this region remains a vital component of California’s agriculture industry, which brings in $50 billion a year to our economy. COVID-19 has introduced numerous concerns and issues to our industry, including an economic recession which has devastated many local farms in the region and throughout the state, and I’m here to learn and listen on how best to protect our farms, ranches and workers as we head into the new legislative year.” “The sustainability of California’s agriculture industry is critical to California’s economy. With many small businesses participating in this economic sector in the Inland Empire, it is important that we hear their voices…

Inland Empire Community Foundation awards $3,461,000 to 391 nonprofits from the Riverside County Nonprofit Assistance Fund

 Inland Empire Community Foundation announced the first round of relief grants totaling $3,461,000 from the Riverside County Nonprofit Assistance Fund. The funds were awarded to 391 Riverside County organizations that are facing significant financial strain and providing COVID-19 assistance even as demand for services increases in the county. For the second round of grantmaking, IECF is accepting applications from nonprofits through September 30. Nonprofits must provide services in Riverside County to be eligible for funding. To apply visit, https://www.iegives.org/funds/riverside-county-npo-assistance-fund/. “Our nonprofit partners are vital and critical components to serving the growing needs of Riverside County constituents,” said Vice Chair Karen Spiegel, Second District Supervisor.  “We’re glad to see that CARES Act funding has been able to assist numerous nonprofit agencies in the county.  We couldn’t get through this crisis without their dedication and partnership in serving our residents.”  All of these community organizations are addressing a wide range of needs during the COVID, including food insecurity, healthcare, mental health and childcare. For a complete list of grantees, click here. The Riverside County Nonprofit Assistance Fund was made possible by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors who approved $5 million in…

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