AHF News: November 2021
November 2021 – #GivingTuesday Edition – November 30, 2021
‘Tis the season to give and give thanks
As 2021 draws to a close, many of us look to this time of year for reflection on what we’ve accomplished and for what we’re grateful.
We appreciate the critically important work being done by those in our community who wake up every morning and ask themselves “who can I help today?” and then take action to provide services and support to help those from historically marginalized, low-income communities. These unsung heroes need our support in return.
Please visit our grantees’ #GivingTuesday campaign pages and consider making a gift today.
The following grantees provided their #GivingTuesday campaigns and links below.
Angels Foster Family Network – Angels Foster Family Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safe, stable, loving homes for infants and toddlers in foster care throughout the County of San Diego. Our mission is to passionately and collaboratively care for children five and younger with diverse and exceptional families who dedicate themselves to each child’s wellbeing. Donate
Free to Thrive – Secure life-changing legal relief for human trafficking survivors and their families. Free to Thrive breaks down barriers for survivors and lights their path to freedom. Watch the GivingTuesday video. Donate
Just in Time for Foster Youth – Participate in the Champions for Youth bonus funds matching campaign sponsored by The Century Club of San Diego. Empower a Transition Age Foster Youth to Become Confident, Capable, & Connected! JIT is proud to be one of just six organizations selected by The Century Club of San Diego to participate in Champions for Youth bonus funds matching campaign! JIT will receive 100% of every donation (AND MATCHING BONUS FUNDS!) so we can help even more foster youth! Donate
License to Freedom – Support mental health services, legal advocacy, case management and community outreach to refugees/immigrants affected by family violence in San Diego County. Donate
North County LGBTQ Resource Center – Our Giving Tuesday this year will be focused on growing our mental health programming. The North County LGBTQ Resource Center provides the only Behavioral health care in North County that focuses on gender care and identities. The service is free and our clinicians are Trans and non-binary professionals. Your support will allow us to serve the 300% in increased services that we have experienced under Covid but also to help train other providers in becoming more culturally aware of the LGBTQI community and their needs. Donate
Paving Great Futures – Celebrate the transformation of misguided youth. Paving Great Future’s goal is to increase the health and wealth in underserved communities in order for marginalized and at risk individuals to thrive socially, economically, and politically. By addressing all of these areas, Paving Great Future’s comprehensive work experience programs transform misguided young people into productive and empowered community leaders capable of guiding relevant and lasting changes. Donate
Reality Changers – DOUBLE your donation! This Giving Tuesday, your gift to Reality Changers will be matched. Each donation provides students with tutoring, college application support, and leadership skills development programs that help them to become first-generation college graduates.
Rise Up Industries – Help nurture a community of kinship – matching campaign. Rise Up Industries’ 18-month Reentry Program is in its sixth year of operation and provides comprehensive services including employment, job-training, case management, tattoo removal, counseling, mentoring, education assistance, financial literacy, life skills training, and work ethic development. 100% of our graduates are immediately employed at a living wage upon graduation. None have returned to incarceration. A generous donor has offered to match every donation given to Rise Up Industries between #GivingTuesday and December 31st up to $125,000! Join us in nurturing a community of kinship. Donate
SAY San Diego – Join the Holiday Hopes Drive for families and your gift will be matched. Join us this holiday season! SAY San Diego’s goal is to raise $25,000 in matching funds in honor of our golden anniversary, as 2021 marks 50 years of partnership and service to the community! Help us provide 250+ families with a $100 gift card. These gift cards will equip parent to make the holidays special with gifts, groceries, household basics, and other needs. Your generosity will make a difference for children and families and turn their pain and challenges into greater hope! Please consider sponsoring a family today! Donate
Somali Bantu Association of America (SBAOA) – Keep food on the table this holiday season for families in City Heights. The Somali Bantu Association of America (SBAOA) advocates on behalf of the Somali Bantu, and other similarly disadvantaged refugees and immigrants, for access to professional and educational resources so that families can make a successful cultural, economic, and social transition to life in the United States. We work with populations that are especially vulnerable to linguistic and cultural barriers to their success. For example, our in-house translation services allow us to translate 84 languages, including many regional dialects or lesser known languages that government and area organizations are either unaware of or lack translators with these particular language skills. Donate
Serving Seniors – Give a Miracle in a Meal for at-risk seniors. For many of us a meal is just a meal. But for seniors living in poverty a meal is so much more. It can open the door to many more life-changing services. BONUS: GivingTuesday gifts are doubled! Thanks to a $32,000 matching gift challenge from our generous donors including NutriSystem, Pacific Western Bank, and Marsh & McLennan you can DOUBLE your impact this GivingTuesday! Donate
Urban Corps – Help young adults with the tools to expand their career opportunities through education, life skills training, and paid work experience on projects that benefit our communities. Urban Corps of San Diego County is a certified local conservation corps whose mission is to provide young adults with the tools to expand their career opportunities through education, life skills training, and paid work experience on projects that benefit our communities. Urban Corps has given thousands of underserved, low-income young adults ages 18-26 the opportunity to improve themselves while improving their own communities. Urban Corps’ unique work-learn program allows youth to finish high school while earning a paycheck, learning real-world job skills, and giving back to the community through professional services. We provide a second chance at a high school education and paid job training designed to encourage civic engagement, responsibility, and self-sufficiency. Donate
Thank you for remembering the work being done by our fearless nonprofit community!
Vaccinate all 58 Campaign: California has begun to safely administer vaccines to all 5-11-year-old children in the state. Full protection requires full vaccination. Protection kicks in about 5 weeks from the first dose.
Our friends at San Diego Food System Alliance received word of approval for their grant from the USDA to launch the Local Food Economy Lab as a project of the San Diego County Food Vision 2030, which centers equity and community ownership, and works to improve the viability of local farms, fisheries and food businesses. The lab will engage multiple stakeholders in the food system to coordinate customized business and technical assistance, mobilize funding, influence policy, and scale up local, equitable and sustainable value chains. Congratulations! Read more.
Garrick Wong, Senior Director of Strategy, was a featured speaker at the 11/17 Resident Leadership Academy Council meeting. Garrick discussed Alliance’s resident leadership engagement and introduced the 2022 Innovation Initiative (i2) $1 Million Challenge Grant which launches in January 1, 2022.
What’s Inspiring Us
The World Design Organization selected San Diego-Tijuana region as the World Design Capital for 2024, making it the first binational World Design Capital in WDC history. The intent is to improve the lives of those in our region through human-centered industrial design and showcase progress through a series of programs in 2024. | World Design Organization
The San Diego Regional Task Force on Homelessness will be facilitating the 2022 Point-in-Time Count. Stay tuned for the call for volunteers. | Read more.
San Diego for Every Child is launching a Guaranteed Income Pilot for families seeking greater financial flexibility. They are hosting two community conversations at two different locations on Dec 1 & 2: “Cash for Parents.” | Registration
State of Reform will hold its Southern California Health Policy Conference in San Diego, December 2. This health-policy focused conference will have a local San Diego focus and is a great opportunity to dialogue about the opportunities and challenges facing our health care system. | Conference
Cause Conference Holiday Party – December 2nd. Meet with community and non-profit leaders; enjoy holiday cheer, and learn firsthand about community initiatives from great organizations. | Registration
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About Alliance Healthcare Foundation
Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a nonprofit organization that advances health equity in San Diego and Imperial counties through strategic grant making, impact investing, catalyzing innovation, community collaboration and advocacy. Guided by the belief that all people have a personal desire and basic human right to be well, AHF strives to reduce – and ultimately eliminate – disparities across all social determinants of health. We do this by undoing the root causes in society that benefit some over others; addressing immediate needs with a robust safety net that can help people in their times of greatest need, and investing in lasting solutions in the form of scalable and sustainable innovations that can transform long-term outcomes for communities experiencing the greatest health inequities. The organization envisions a San Diego and Imperial County region where all people can attain their full health and well-being potential regardless of zip code, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender or ability.