Each member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors has a discretionary Community Improvement Designation budget, and the Nov. 5 board of supervisors’ meeting included the allocation of CID funds to several local agencies.
The grants included $9,000 for Friends of the Valley-Wide Foundation, $5,000 to Safe Family Justice Centers, $5,000 for The Salvation Army in Hemet, $3,000 to the Assistance League of Hemacinto, $3,000 for the Assistance League of Temecula Valley, $3,000 to the Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce, $2,500 for All From the Heart, $2,500 to the Temecula Valley Symphony, $2,000 for the American Association of University Women’s Temecula Valley chapter, $2,000 to the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce and $1,000 apiece to Community Outreach Ministry, Rose Again Foundation, the San Jacinto/Hemet Valley chapter of Soroptomist International, Temecula Sunrise Rotary Foundation, and Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce. A 5-0 board of supervisors vote approved the grants.
Community Improvement Designation grants can be allocated to nonprofit organizations, public agencies, county departments or other organizations with programs which serve the social needs of the county’s population. The recommendations must be ratified by a majority board of supervisors’ vote. Supervisor Chuck Washington recommended the funding from his District 3 CID budget.
Friends of the Valley-Wide Foundation is based in Hemet and will use the grant funding for sports scholarships which will be provided to low-income children in the Hemet, San Jacinto and Winchester areas, and the funding may also be used for park improvements.
Safe Family Justice Centers is headquartered in Temecula and will use the grant to expand youth programs to children exposed to adversity and violence; the programs will help children gain strength and skills to become confident individuals, to have a stronger sense of self-worth, and to practice good interpersonal boundaries.
The Salvation Army grant will help fund the meal program which provides weekend meals and snacks for low-income children.
The Assistance League of Hemacinto and the Assistance League of Temecula Valley will use the grant to support “Operation School Bell,” which provides clothing to elementary school age children in the Hemet, San Jacinto and mountain communities for the Assistance League of Hemacinto and in Temecula, Murrieta and unincorporated southwest Riverside County for the Assistance League of Temecula Valley.
The Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce will use the $3,000 for the State of the City event; $1,500 will be used to obtain an event venue and the other $1,500 will provide logistical support.
All From the Heart is based in Temecula and will use the CID money for its “Wheels for Warriors” program which refurbishes medical equipment and wheelchairs and provides those to veterans in need of the equipment.
The Temecula Valley Symphony will use the county funding for its “Young Artist Competition” in Temecula which provides an educational experience to young musicians.
The American Association of University Women chapter will use the grant award for scholarships which will allow seventh-grade and eighth-grade girls to attend a science, technology, engineering and mathematics camp at the University of San Diego.
The Murrieta Chamber of Commerce will use $1,000 to obtain a State of the City venue and the other $1,000 for logistical support on the Murrieta/Wildomar annual awards event which honors businesses in the community.
Community Outreach Ministry is based in Wildomar, and the funding will help support the Angel Tree Christmas event.
The Rose Again Foundation has a Temecula office and will use the funding for services to foster children, emancipated foster youth and parentless children.
The Soroptomist International chapter will use the grant for the Girls Power Conference for sixth-grade and seventh-grade girls.
The Temecula Sunrise Rotary Foundation will use the grant for the annual Community Christmas Dinner which is free to the public.
The Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce will use the grant money for an event which recognizes exceptional businesses, service or other charitable organizations and individuals who demonstrate strong community involvement.
Joe Naiman can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.