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United Way Awards $555,000 In Grants To Inland Empire Nonprofit Organizations

United Way Awards $555,000 in Grants to Inland Empire Nonprofit Organizations

Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Inland Empire United Way announces $555,000 in commitments to local nonprofit organizations working to meet basic needs and provide lasting impact in the areas of Education, Health, and Financial Stability in the Inland Empire.

Grants ranging from $5,000 up to $25,000 will be provided to 44 local nonprofit organizations/programs, serving the Pomona Valley and the West End, East Valley, and High Desert areas of San Bernardino County over the coming 12 months. Among those receiving funding are a variety of programs assisting individuals and families in need throughout the Inland Empire, including homeless shelters, college and career readiness programs, counseling programs, and after-school 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.

“As a community, we can only address our most pressing issues by harnessing the power of multiple organizations and strategies,” said Gregory Bradbard, President & CEO. “It’s our honor to partner with these outstanding nonprofits to build a stronger Inland Empire for local individuals and families.”

Bright Prospect and Shoes that Fit are two of the nonprofit partner organizations receiving the Community Impact Grant award.

“We at Bright Prospect are so grateful for Inland Empire United Way’s support of the nearly 1,000 low-income high school and 1,200 college students we serve,” said Eric Garen, Founder and President, Bright Prospect. “This grant is a huge help as these determined young men and women strive to achieve their full potential through a university education. In just a few years they will be returning and contributing to the economic prosperity of Ontario and Pomona. Together we are developing the future leaders of our community.”

“More than 1 in 5 children in the United States live in poverty and California’s poverty rate is even higher. Together, we can alleviate the shame and embarrassment caused by circumstances out of a child’s control, all with a simple pair of shoes,” said Amy Fass, Executive Director, Shoes That Fit.  “It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Inland Empire United Way and we look forward to the opportunity to reach our vision that one day, every child who needs new shoes, gets new shoes.”

Grants awarded fall under two categories: Safety Net Grants and Impact Grants. Organizations receiving a Safety Net Grant are those with programs that meet short-term, basic needs and provide an immediate impact for individuals and families in need. Impact Grants are awarded to organizations that are able to demonstrate measurable, long-term results that provide lasting impact in the Inland Empire.

IEUW Community Impact Partner organizations (programs) awarded the Safety Net Grant include:

  • Catholic Charities of Los Angeles (Pomona Housing Assistance Program),
  • Crafton Hills College Foundation (Increasing Student Opportunities),
  • Family Service Association of Redlands (Housing Assistance Program),
  • Mercy House Living Centers (Ontario Access Center),
  • Sowing Seeds for Life (Food Security Program), and
  • VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California (Charitable Care Program).

IEUW Community Impact Partner organizations (programs) awarded the Impact Grant include:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire (Road to Success),
  • Boys & Girls Club of Fontana (Great Futures Program),
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Redlands-Riverside (Be Great: Graduate Program),
  • Bright Prospects (Bright Prospects Scholarship Program),
  • Building a Generation (BOOST – School Success Program),
  • Child Advocates of San Bernardino County (Education Advocacy: Improving Foster Youth Educational Outcomes),
  • Chino Valley Unified School District (Experiences in Career, Education, and Leadership (EXCEL) Program),
  • Christian Counseling Service (Minding the Gap Program),
  • City of Upland – Upland Public Library (Adult and Family Literacy Program),
  • Claremont Graduate University (Pomona Regional Learning Collaborative),
  • David & Margaret Youth and Family Services (Youth Workforce Training Center),
  • Foothill Family Shelter (Stepping Stones Program),
  • Hope Through Housing Foundation (After School Programs),
  • House of Ruth (Emergency Residential Shelter Program),
  • Inland Temporary Homes (Infinite Horizons),
  • Inland Valley Hope Partners (Family Stabilization Program),
  • Montclair Community Foundation (Montclair Online to College Program),
  • Neighborhood partnership Housing Services Inc. (Pathways to Financial Security Program),
  • Ontario-Montclair Schools Foundation (Promise Scholars Program),
  • Pacific Lifeline (Women’s & Children’s Program),
  • Parent Institute for Quality Education (Increasing College Readiness of High Need Students Through Parent Engagement Program),
  • Pomona Hope (Year Round with Pomona Hope),
  • Project Sister Family Services (Mental Health Counseling for Adult and Child Survivors of Sexual Violence or Children Abuse),
  • Samaritan Counseling Center (Outpatient Counseling Program),
  • Shoes That Fit (The Southern California Shoe Program),
  • The Learning Centers at Fairplex (Career & Technical Education Center),
  • THINK Together (Expanded Learning Program),
  • Uncommon Good (Connect to College Program).

Desert Communities Region partner organizations include: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside (Common Core Power Hour Program), Child Advocates of San Bernardino County (High Desert C.A.S.A. Program), Desert Manna (Desert Manna Food Bank Expansion Program), High Desert Homeless Services (Shelter Family Day Care Program), High Desert Outreach Center (Food Distribution/Food Bank Program), Moses House Ministries (Case Management Program), St. John of God Health Care Services (Samaritan’s Helping Hand Program), The Lord’s Table (Hot Meal Program), Victor Valley Community Services Council (Senior and Disabled Transportation Program), Victor Valley Domestic Violence, Inc. (A Better Way Program),  VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California (Charitable Care Program).

Inland Empire United Way is committed to improving the lives and futures of children and families in need by investing in Education, Health, and Financial Stability. We are proud that contributions given local, stay local and an impressive 88% of every dollar is invested in direct program activities.  By partnering with a network of local nonprofit organizations, United Way delivers critical services to our community, connects individuals in crisis with needed resources through 2-1-1, and increases the power of local charities by providing dedicated

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