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The Community Foundation Marks 10th Anniversary of the Youth Grantmakers Program, Announces $60,050 in Grants that Benefit Yout

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Riverside, CA – At a ceremony marking the 10th Anniversary of the Youth Grantmakers Program on June 9, The Community Foundation announced 50 grants totaling $60,050 to support youth-led projects across the Inland region. The grants were funded by local high school students that participate in the leadership program.

Over 350 supporters attended the ceremony at the Riverside Convention Center that showcased the accomplishments of the past 10 years and the nonprofits receiving 2018-2019 grants for their programs that benefit local youth. For the first time in YG’s history, all four programs in Riverside, San Bernardino, Coachella Valley, and Temecula were present together.

“We’re proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our young people who are modeling philanthropy across the region,” said Michelle Decker, President and CEO of The Community Foundation. “The future belongs to our youth, who are becoming leaders in their own right, helping to solve the ongoing challenges their peers face.”

With representatives from 27 high schools in both counties, 97 Youth Grantmakers make up the Riverside, San Bernardino, Coachella Valley, and Temecula (Native) programs. Since the inception of this program, Youth Grantmakers have awarded over $387,000 to 155 nonprofit agencies.

In 2018-2019, they made grants to the following nonprofits:

Coachella Valley YG

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert ($1,000); Boo2Bullying Inc. ($1,000); Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley ($2,000); Coachella Valley Housing Coalition ($2,500); Family YMCA of the Desert ($2,500); and Read With Me Volunteer Programs ($1,000).

Native Youth YG

Operation Prom Girl So Cal ($2,300); Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire ($2,000); Special Olympics Southern California – Inland Empire Region ($2,500); and The Empowerment Center ($1,750).

Riverside YG

Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective ($2,500); Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center ($2,050); Special Olympics Southern California – Inland Empire Region ($2,500); The Empowerment Center ($1,700); and Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation ($1,250).

San Bernardino YG

Children’s Fund Inc. ($1,000); Foothill Family Shelter ($2,500); Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective ($2,500); Project Fighting Chance ($1,000); San Bernardino Fatherhood ($1,000); and Young Women’s Empowerment Foundation ($2,000).

An additional $21,500 in grants was given to nonprofits by seniors who selected their “Charity of Choice.” The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors approved the choices.

Youth Grantmakers began in 2009 to empower Inland Empire youth to give and serve in their communities. High school students from Riverside, San Bernardino, Coachella Valley and Temecula work together over an academic year, one Sunday a month. With grant dollars, training, and mentorship to the students, they are able to directly fund nonprofit organizations that benefit youth.

As part of the YG curriculum, students learn to read and analyze grant applications, assess needs, conduct site visits and prioritize the many worthwhile requests. Denisha Shackelford, the Foundation’s Youth Initiatives Manager, manages the program.

Sponsors of the Recognition and Grantee Ceremony include: Bank of America, Alta Loma Enterprises, LLC, Clark Construction Group, The California Endowment, Fey’s Canyon Realtors, Harns Family Endowed Donor Advised Fund, The James Irvine Foundation, Crown Connect, Riverside Construction Company, Inc., Soren McAdams, LLP, Rabbi Hillel & Rita Cohn, Lynn Bogh Baldi & Baldi Bros Enterprises, JJC Project Management Group, Inc., Bill and Gloria Harrison Donor Advised Fund, Paula Kennedy, NBC 4 Southern California and Inland Empire Magazine.

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About The Community Foundation

The Community Foundation is the oldest and largest community foundation in Inland Southern California (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties). Established in 1941, at 78 years old The Community Foundation stewards over $100 million in assets and provides college scholarships and grants to nonprofit organizations across the two-county region and beyond. Since its founding, the Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to support programs that strengthen the community. For more information visit The Community Foundation’s website at www.thecommunityfoundation.net. Be a part of our conversation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Spectrum Awards $15,000 Spectrum Digital Education Grant to Hope Through Housing Foundation

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Hope Through Housing Foundation Will Use the Funds to Provide Digital Technology to Low-Income Families and Seniors

Spectrum today awarded Hope through Housing Foundation with a $15,000 Spectrum Digital Education grant for their Resident Empowerment Through Digital Access program. In 2023, Spectrum awarded $1.1 million total to 46 nonprofit organizations through Spectrum Digital Education, which supports broadband technology programs, education and training in unserved and underserved communities throughout the company’s service area.

Hope through Housing is dedicated to breaking the generational cycle of poverty by providing an array of quality health and social services programs to low-income residents within National CORE affordable housing communities throughout Southern California. By delivering programs that empower individuals and change communities, Hope impacts the lives and futures of thousands of children, adults and seniors each year.

The grant was presented at Mission Village, a housing community for seniors ages 55 and over in Riverside that holds digital literacy classes for its residents. Jurupa Valley Mayor Guillermo Silva and Spectrum executives participated in the celebration. The organization will use the funding to provide computers with broadband access for their residents to connect with online resources needed to increase their social and economic mobility.

“We are so grateful to Spectrum for this opportunity to enhance our digital connectivity for residents of affordable housing,” said Alyssa Cotter, Hope through Housing Foundation, Vice President. “By providing quality computers in onsite community centers, combined with individual coaching and group workshops, this support will help to increase access for children, parents and seniors to critical resources. Increasing the physical, economic and social well-being of low-income families and seniors will be achieved through this generous grant.”

“I am pleased to congratulate Hope through Housing Foundation on being awarded a $15,000 Spectrum Digital Education Grant,” said Jurupa Valley Mayor Guillermo Silva. “Their work connecting seniors and families to digital technology and critical online resources is a tremendous asset to our community, and will improve the quality of life for many people. I appreciate Spectrum for supporting their mission and addressing digital and broadband inequality with this grant.”

Spectrum’s Commitment: $9 Million and Counting

Hope through Housing Foundation is one of 46 nonprofit organizations across 14 states that Spectrum is supporting through the 2023 Spectrum Digital Education grants. Since the program’s 2017 launch, Spectrum has committed more than $9 million total to the initiative and has awarded 261 grants to 143 unique partners. As of September 2023, Spectrum Digital Education has helped to fund more than 30,000 digital education classes, distribute over 13,000 devices including laptops and support the creation of 157 tech labs.

“The importance of expanding access to essential broadband technologies, education and training is profound in our increasingly digital world,” said Rahman Khan, Group Vice President of Community Impact, Charter. “Through the Spectrum Digital Education grant program, Charter is partnering with valued nonprofits that share our commitment to create better opportunities for the communities we serve.”

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Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Hawaii Chamber as Honorary Global Member

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Empowering Future Generations: IERCC and Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Forge Partnership for Youth Development

In a landmark meeting that signifies the growing collaboration between regional chambers of commerce, the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce (IERCC) proudly welcomed the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii as an Honorary Global Member. This momentous occasion was marked by a ceremonial presentation led by Eddy Sumar, MBA, CCE, CICE, a distinguished member and Chair of the Education and Youth Skills Development Liaison at IERCC.

Eddy Sumar, renowned for his passionate advocacy for youth education and skill development, met with Sherry Menor-McNamara, CCE, President & CEO, and Tyler Hunt, Associate Vice President of Membership Services, of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. The meeting was not just a formal presentation but also an opportunity to share the innovative approaches IERCC is employing to champion youth development.

In a unique and inspiring gesture, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii representatives were introduced to IERCC’s youth initiatives through a trilogy of educational books authored by Eddy Sumar himself. These books – “A Treasure Hunt With OTIS,” “The Hidden Dreams,” and “The Cutting Edge” – are a testament to Sumar’s dedication to empowering the youth. Each book addresses critical areas of youth development:

  • “A Treasure Hunt With OTIS” provides wisdom to guide young lives.
  • “The Hidden Dreams” unlocks the potential of identifying and pursuing youthful aspirations.
  • “The Cutting Edge” offers vital insights into understanding credit and financial literacy.

Edward Ornelas, Jr., President & CEO of the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce, expressed his enthusiasm for this new partnership, stating, “This collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii represents a significant step in our ongoing commitment to foster the leaders of tomorrow. By combining our resources and expertise, we can more effectively prepare our youth for the dynamic world they will inherit. Our shared vision for youth development and education is the cornerstone of this partnership.”

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii expressed its enthusiasm for the collaboration, recognizing the value of the resources provided by IERCC. This partnership is a significant step towards a shared goal of fostering a brighter future for youth through education, skill development, and empowerment.

The Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce is enthusiastically developing plans to launch a summer internship program exclusively for students from the Inland Empire, offering them the opportunity to travel to Hawaii for this enriching experience. This initiative, which stems from the IERCC’s recent collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, is focused on providing Inland Empire students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the diverse business and cultural environment of Hawaii. The program aims to equip these students with invaluable hands-on experience in various industries, enhancing their skills and broadening their perspectives. This visionary approach underscores the IERCC’s dedication to fostering the professional and personal growth of its youth, preparing them for successful careers in an increasingly interconnected world.

The IERCC is committed to continuing these collaborative efforts and looks forward to a fruitful and impactful partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, collectively striving to nurture the leaders of tomorrow.

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A Great Milestone Reached! The Otis Dream Project Has Been Recognized in Zambia, Africa!

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A Great Milestone Reached! The Otis Dream Project Has Been Recognized in Zambia, Africa!

Have you been wondering what happened to the establishment of the NGO (Non-Governmental Organization), the Otis Dream Project in Zambia, Africa? Well, wonder no more! As of August 10, 2023, the Otis Dream Project has become a reality! Yes, the government of Zambia has recognized the Otis Dream Project as a legal entity. Thanks to our incredible team on the ground and all the hard work they put into the project, the Otis Dream Project has become a legal NGO in a much shorter time frame than most NGOs in that country. This is a BIG milestone, the first of many more! Again, thanks to our hardworking team: Derby Chipwande, Chali Ezra Mwansa, and Edwin Mukwamba.

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