July 28, 2000

San Diego Foundation for Change funds efforts in support of the Latino community

This year the San Diego Foundation for Change (SDFC) has invested $7,000 in grants to three grassroots organizations addressing issues of concern to the Latino community in the border region of San Diego and Tijuana. These funds represent 15% of the Foundation's 2000 grant distribution of $48,000.

Fundacion Esperanza de Mexico, A.C. has been granted $2,000 to fund advanced training for promotoras to enhance their skills as community outreach workers in a home development project serving marginalized neighborhoods in Tijuana.

Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of San Diego has been awarded $4,000 for general support to educate and mobilize San Diego's religious communities and people of faith to support issues and campaigns that will sustain lives with dignity for workers and their families through improved wages, benefits, and working conditions. The majority of workers served by the committee are Latino, and many are recent immigrants from Latin America.

Utilizing a $1,000 SDFC grant, RevArte will hire a community organizer to involve residents of Tijuana's La Presa Colonia in the development of public art projects intended to generate community pride, government facilities funding, and cultural awareness.

Other groups receiving funding from the San Diego Foundation for Change are: ACES (Adaptive Computer Empowerment Services), $2,000; Activist San Diego, $3,000; Californians for Justice, $1,000; Eveoke Dance Theatre, $4,000; Fourth District Seniors Resource Center, $3,500; Heartland Human Relations and Fair Housing Association, $5,000; PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), $5,000; Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities (YANO), $3,500; San Diego Californians for Youth, $3,000; San Diego Youth Organizing Committee, $2,000; Sun & Moon Vision Productions, $5,000; and World Beat Center, $4,000.

Since 1983, the San Diego Foundation for Change has awarded more than $400,000 to area organizations. SDFC funds San Diego and Tijuana area organizational efforts which support positive, permanent change to end discrimination, poverty and environmental degradation while promoting equity, opportunity, economic renewal, and environmental health for all.

For more information about the San Diego Foundation for Change and its grants-making process, visit our web site at www.foundation4change.org, or call (619) 235-4647.

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