The Patriots Connection, a program of Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, awarded grants totaling $100,200 to nine nonprofit military programs in San Diego County in May 2016. The Patriots Connection has awarded 135 grants totaling more than $1.2 million since 2009 to nonprofits serving the local military community.
“Rancho Santa Fe Foundation is proud to be able to continue its long history of supporting military members in our community,” said Paula Powers, chair of the Grants & Projects Committee. “The Patriots Connection conducts an extensive outreach and evaluation process to identify organizations and programs meeting the areas of greatest need with the highest levels of effectiveness.”
Grants went to organizations serving four areas of need for military service members, veterans and their families:
• Basic Needs – 211 San Diego; Camp Pendleton ASYMCA; Operation Homefront; Support the Enlisted Project (STEP)
• Education & Jobs – Easter Seals of Southern California; Workshops for Warriors
• Physical & Mental Health – Physician Advocates for Veterans (PAVE); Warrior Foundation Freedom Station
• Social & Personal Connections – Wreaths Across America
Military and veteran families in financial crisis receive financial counseling, education and emergency financial grants from the Emergency Financial Assistance program at STEP. The Wheelchairs for Warriors program provides amputees with lightweight, custom-made wheelchairs at Warrior Foundation Freedom Station.
The Patriots Connection is honored to support these and other programs with its annual grant awards. To be eligible for the grants, nonprofits must be listed on the San Diego Directory, an online resource of trustworthy organizations provided by The Patriots Connection. For more information about how to direct your charitable giving to the most effective and efficient nonprofits serving the local military community, visit www.rsffoundation.org.