Modesto, Calif. — The Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation is pleased to announce that thirteen organizations throughout California and Northern Nevada received grants, all in communities our stores serve.
Stanislaus County Office of Education – $5,000
The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) partners with local schools and the community to support quality education for students in Stanislaus County and several thousand more in regional programs throughout the state. The C.A.R.E.S. Foundation has awarded similar grants to SCOE in the past. This year’s $5,000 grant will go towards their Leadership Academy that aims to bring youth, public and private sector organizations of Stanislaus County together to explore leadership in innovated ways.
Society for disABILITIES – $5,000
For the past 70 years, the Society for disABILITIES has enhanced the quality of life for people with disabilities within the Central Valley. The Society provides recreational programs including: adapted snow ski, water ski, bike camp, a Day on the Farm, bowling, soccer, and a prom. The C.A.R.E.S. Foundation has awarded the Society similar grants in the past. This $5,000 grant will go towards helping the Society run their recreational programs for kids with disabilities.
Stanislaus Library Foundation – $1,000
Established in 1994, the Stanislaus Library Foundation supports the Stanislaus County Library whose thirteen branches serve communities throughout Stanislaus County. The Foundation supplements existing library funds through fundraising, grants and donors who wish to sponsor a specific project. The Foundation has received similar C.A.R.E.S. grants back in 2013 and 2017. This $1,000 grant will go towards the Summer Reading and E-Books programs.
United Samaritans Foundation – $5,000
United Samaritans Foundation’s mission is to deliver food to people in need in Stanislaus County and to facilitate the provision of services to assist them in a transition to a better quality of life. The Foundation has received similar C.A.R.E.S. grants in the past and this year’s grant will go towards supporting their signature Daily Bread Mobile Lunch Program. This program serves nutritious lunch five days a week to very low income and homeless individuals and families in Stanislaus County. Funds will be used to help purchase food and fuel for their four mobile lunch trucks.
LOEL Senior Center – $2,500
The LOEL Senior Center has provided nutrition, programs, services and activities for seniors in Lodi for over 40 years. The Center is a first time recipient of a C.A.R.E.S. Foundation grant and funds will go towards their Meals on Wheels program that delivers hot nutritional meals to homebound seniors who struggle to cook for themselves and are often silent and forgotten. The $2,500 will help establish additional routes and eliminate the program’s waiting list.
Diabetes Youth Families – $5,000
The Diabetes Youth Families (DYF) aims to improve the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes. DYF provides education and recreation within a supportive community, encouraging personal growth, knowledge and independence. DYF received a similar C.A.R.E.S. grant back in 2015. This year, the C.A.R.E.S. Foundation grant will go towards supporting DYF’s educational programs.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County – $5,000
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County helps inspire and empower the youth of Monterey County to realize their full potential to become responsible, healthy, productive and successful citizens. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County has received similar C.A.R.E.S. grants in the past and this year’s funds will support their Power Hour program. The Power Hour program aims to help youth to complete their homework and improve their grade level proficiency in math and reading.
The Light-House Recovery Program – $2,500
The Light-House Recovery Program provides holistic treatment and education in an environment of safety, sobriety and faith based living for women and children who have demonstrated the desire to become productive, contributing members to both their families and their community. The C.A.R.E.S. Foundation has awarded the Light House similar grants in the past and this year the grant will go towards assisting scholarship funds, individual weekly therapy and supplies.
Kings Symphony Orchestra – $4,000
Over the years, Kings Symphony Orchestra has provided opportunities for student musicians to practice and perform with seasoned adult musicians and continues to present Kings County with fine arts performances. Kings Symphony Orchestra has received similar C.A.R.E.S. grants back in 2017 and 2016. The $4,000 grant will go towards supporting their opening Fall Concert program.
Assistance League of Greater Placer – $2,500
The Assistance League of Greater Placer aims to transform lives and strengthening communities through programs and services that focus in meeting the essential needs of children through seniors so that all communities have the opportunity to flourish and succeed. The C.A.R.E.S. grant will go towards supporting the Dressing for Success program that partners with contracted job placement agencies throughout Placer County to provide appropriate, color coordinated outfits for unemployed men and women seeking employment. This program provides 100 unemployed men and women with outfits for job interviews and work.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County – $3,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County helps children realize their potential and build their futures by nurturing and strengthen children and their communities. Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County aims to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County is a first time recipient of a C.A.R.E.S. Foundation grant and funds will go towards supporting the Community Based Mentoring Program.
Nevada Museum of Art – $5,000
Throughout its 80-year history, the Nevada Museum of Art has provided significant arts education programming for the public, school-aged youth, teachers, and artists in Northern Nevada. Providing rich cultural programming for the community and region has been a central focus of the Museum’s educational mission, and the Museum seeks to further this important foundation of work. The Nevada Museum of Art is a first time recipient of a C.A.R.E.S. grant and funds will go towards supporting their K-12 School Tours program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada – $5,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada helps children realize their potential and build their futures by nurturing and strengthen children and their communities. Big Brothers Big Sisters aims to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada is a first time recipient of a C.A.R.E.S. Foundation grant and funds will go towards assisting their general mentoring services.
CARES stands for Community, Arts, Recreation, Education and Sports and focuses on improving lives under these categories. The Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation donated more than $300,000 last year to nearly three dozen organizations in California and Northern Nevada. For more information, please visit www.SaveMart.com, under the Community tab.