Chula Vista Community Foundation Awards $60,000 in Grants to Benefit Youth

Students who were part of the Barrio Logan College Institute. Photo credit: Courtesy of BLCI

The Chula Vista Community Foundation Thursday granted $60,000 to three local nonprofits that promote the health and wellbeing of youth.

“We want to work with local organizations closest to our youth to ensure that as a community we’re uplifting our young people academically, socially and emotionally,” said Carmen Richardson, the foundation board’s chair, who also noted the group’s eagerness to see “our youth overcome some of the challenges (of) the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The South Bay foundation, a regional affiliate of the San Diego Foundation, has granted more than $600,000 since 2011 to nearly 40 nonprofit programs in Chula Vista.

The new grant recipients are:

Barrio Logan College Institute, $25,000 for an after-school program focused on learning recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.Southwestern College Foundation, $25,000 for its SWC Cares Program, created to aid students at risk of dropping out of college due to unexpected financial emergencies.San Diego Hunger Coalition, $10,000 for the Hunger Free Kids program in San Diego County school districts.

The San Diego Foundation’s Regional Affiliate program was established to create an area-wide network.

In addition to Chula Vista, affiliates are located in Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch-Del Sur. The network has established endowments of more than $5 million overall and has granted more than $6 million in total to organizations throughout the region.

– City News Service