$500,000 Awarded to Nonprofit Organizations by Inland Empire United Way

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Inland Empire United Way (IEUW) recently announced over $500,000 in commitments to local nonprofit organizations. Among those receiving funding are a variety of programs assisting individuals and families in need throughout the Inland Empire.

Grants up to $25,000 will be provided to 37 local nonprofit organizations over the coming 12 months. Each organization was selected based on strong program outcomes in the areas of Education, Health and Financial Stability. Among recipients are homeless shelters, afterschool programs, tutoring organizations, and health programs.

A vital part of IEUW’s mission is partnering with other results-oriented nonprofits in the region that are equally dedicated to improving the lives and futures of low-income families and their children in our community. Each year, a volunteer review team – comprised of local donors and community representatives – conducts a diligent review of programs to determine the best investment of United Way’s dollars.

Pomona’s Learning Center at Fairplex will receive support for the Career and Technical Education Center, which works to prepare underprivileged youth for future employment. Ranging from early childhood education to vocational training, The Learning Center is effectively addressing United Way’s goal of moving individuals from poverty to self-sufficiency.

“Inland Empire United Way is a valued partner with The Learning Centers at Fairplex, but especially of our efforts to prepare students for career paths through our Career Technical Education Center,” said Michelle DeMott, vice president of branding and knowledge management at Fairplex. “Not only has United Way provided financial backing for our overall effort and the means to expand our offerings in our computer training center — a primary skill set valued by employers in today’s job market — but United Way also understands the passion and drive necessary for helping to meet a critical need like this one. We couldn’t provide the service we do to the more than 1,000 students and community members each year without partners like United Way.”

In addition to programs funded through the Community Impact Grant process, Inland Empire United Way raised an additional $1,041,000 in the region that was distributed to a variety of nonprofit organizations through donor designations.

For more information on United Way’s efforts in the Inland Empire, visit www.IEUW.org.

IEUW’s 2014-15 Community Impact Partners are:

PROGRAM GRANTS – Boys & Girls Club of Fontana (Great Futures Start Here Program), Boys & Girls Club of Redlands (Be Great: GRADUATE Program), Bright Prospect (Bright Prospect Scholars Program), Building A Generation (BOOST Program), Chino Valley Unified School District (Experiences in Career, Education & Leadership Program), Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Bernardino County (Wait No More – A C.A.S.A. for Every Youth), for Fontana Unified School District/Fontana Adult School and ROP Center (Bridge to College & Careers

Program), Foothill Family Shelter, Inc. (Stepping Stone Program), Fresh Start Ministries & Community Services, Inc. (Youth Mentoring Program), Gang Reduction Intervention Team (Health Care Training Program), Hope Through Housing (After School and Beyond Program), House of Ruth, Inc. (Self-Sufficiency Program), Inland Temporary Homes (Infinite Horizons Program), Inland Valley Hope Partners (Our House Family Shelter Program), Kids Come First Clinic (Choosing Health/Elegir Salud Program), The Learning Center at Fairplex (Career and Technical Education Center Program), Montclair Community Collaborative (Case Management & Health Promotion Multi-Benefit-Collaborative Program), Northtown Housing Development Corporation (After School Program), Ontario-Montclair School District (Promise Scholars Program), Pacific Lifeline (Women’s and Children’s Program), Project Sister Family Services (Adult & Child Counseling Programs for Survivors of Abuse or Sexual Violence), Reach Out (Grow Program), Samaritan Counseling Center (Outpatient Counseling Program), Uncommon Good (Connect to College Program), Western University of Health Sciences (InSight: Children’s Vision Care Program), YMCA of the East Valley (Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Program).

SAFETY NET GRANTS (BASIC NEEDS) – Calimesa SDA Church (Community Services Program), Camp Fire Inland Southern California (Hold On To Health After School Snack Program), Catholic Charities Los Angeles (Pomona Community Services Housing Assistance Program), David & Margaret Youth and Family Services (Emergency Intervention Funds Program), Family Service Association of Redlands (Housing Advocacy Program), GAP Food Bank (Food Assistance Program), Mercy House Living Centers (Ontario Center Program), Sowing Seeds for Life (SSFL Food Distribution Program), VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California (Charitable Care Program).

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA) PROVIDER GRANTS – Cal Poly Pomona, CSU San Bernardino

PALO VERDE VALLEY BASIC NEEDS GRANTS – Blythe Emergency Food Pantry, Harmony Food Kitchen

To find out more about Inland Empire United Way’s Community Impact Partners and IEUW’s work in the community, please visit www.IEUW.org or contact Lorraine Williams at LWilliams@ieuw.org.

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