By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– More than 80 nonprofit organizations have joined the over 4,000 other businesses that are taking advantage of the County’s COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program, which offers a variety of benefits — including a $2,500 grant — in exchange for ensuring compliance with State and County public health guidelines.
“San Bernardino County is blessed with an incredibly diverse array of nonprofits that enhance our community in incalculable ways,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We hope their participation in our Partnership, along with the funding they receive, will enable each of them to further their important mission and continue serving those in need during this national health crisis.”
To join the partnership, a nonprofit must have a physical location and employ between one and 100 people. It also needs to demonstrate compliance with relevant public health orders and incorporate safety and social distancing practices in their operations.
“We are grateful for this opportunity,” said Terri Galdo, operations manager for the Upland Chamber of Commerce. “Like most nonprofits, our operations rely on fundraising, and the pandemic has virtually eliminated that source of revenue. At the same time, we’ve found ourselves busier than ever supporting our local businesses, and we’ve needed to have staff available to answer questions and provide various resources to our members and others. The program has not only helped financially, but also allowed us to establish a safe environment for our people and given us guidance for operating during these difficult times.”