Lodi groups get grants from S.J. foun­da­tion

Lodi News-Sentinel - - LOCAL - By Oula Miq­bel

The Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of San Joaquin County re­cently awarded $304,000 from its com­mu­nity health fund to 16 non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

This is the sec­ond year that the foun­da­tion has offered grants and the first year grants from the Brian M. Stocker Fund has been awarded. Each year the foun­da­tion looks to sup­port lo­cal groups through­out the re­gion. They are the largest phil­an­thropic or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing funds for many in­sti­tu­tions that play an in­te­gral role in the com­mu­nity, such as the Emer­gency Food Bank of Stock­ton which was awarded $45,000.

The 2-1-1 San Joaquin pro­gram was granted $45,000, which is used by the non­profit to pro­vide shel­ter, health screen­ings, food, child care, and le­gal ser­vices.

The Stocker Fund is aimed at en­gag­ing the youths of San Joaquin County to be ac­tive by sup­port­ing recre­ational pro­grams. This year the re­cip­i­ent of the grant was First Tee of San Joaquin. Don Miller, the ex­ec­u­tive director of The First Tee of San Joaquin, ex­pressed sin­cere grat­i­tude for the $20,000 con­tri­bu­tion, as it will of­fer golf­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to chil­dren from low-in­come fam­i­lies. The Lodi Ju­nior Gi­ants ($10,000) and Lodi Boost­ers of Boys and Girls Sports ($5,000) were both awarded grants, which are both groups that are in­volved with Lodi’s youth and help­ing get kids ac­tive and in­volved in sports.

Other grant re­cip­i­ents in­cluded HealthForce Part­ners ($45,000), Fam­ily Re­sources and Re­fer­ral Cen­ter ($45,000), San Joaquin Med­i­cal So­ci­ety ($20,000), Peer Health Ex­change ($26,500), St. Joseph’s Foun­da­tion ($25,000), St. Mary’s Din­ing Room ($2,500), As­pire Pub­lic Schools ($20,000), Pos­i­tive Coach­ing Al­liance ($20,000), Spe­cial Olympics North­ern Cal­i­for­nia ($10,000), Stock­ton Row­ing Club ($5,000) and Delta Health Care ($5,000).

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