AREA OF INFLUENCE - SOCIAL

Communities thrive when residents are invested in the wellbeing of the people and places they interact with and within every day. Recognized Partners are leaders in creating community connections and empowering citizens. Residents find hope through support programs; families work together to create safe and thriving neighborhoods through training and education; seniors receive nourishment through meal delivery services; and volunteers gain greater purpose by giving back to their neighbors. Collectively, Recognized Partners are influencing a positive trend towards a higher percent of the San Diego County population who volunteer.

PARTNERS BY THE NUMBERS

SUPPORTING SURVIVORS

Recognized Partners and San Diego residents are committed to improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods by engaging with one another and striving to build healthy, safe and thriving lives for all. Read their stories below:

 

“Casa de Amparo is working to significantly increase the level of therapeutic support provided to vulnerable youth and families in the community. With the help of donors and other community advocates, our goal is to create a San Diego where child abuse and neglect are not tolerated.”

 

 

In Focus: Helping Trafficking Survivors Regain their Lives

The North County Lifeline Project LIFE program provides trauma informed, victim-centered, evidence-based and culturally respectful prevention and intervention services to all victims of human trafficking.

 

Before she became a victim of human trafficking, 21 year-old Grace lived in Arizona, had a full-time job and lived a comfortable life. Grace became friends with a man on Facebook, in which he constantly offered Grace the opportunity to work for him and that he would provide housing in San Diego. When Grace arrived in San Diego, the horrible truth immediately became clear—she had come under the control of a sex trafficker who used social media to lure his victims.

After months of captivity, Grace finally was able to connect with her aunt, who reached out to the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, a member of the Project LIFE human trafficking collaborative. They coordinated Grace’s rescue with law enforcement and notified Project LIFE’s on-call case manager.

 

Within a few short hours, the Project LIFE case manager had retrieved Grace and her little boy and moved them to an emergency safe house in North San Diego County. Grace now receives counseling and trauma-informed therapy, and is able to focus on her goals, get a new job, and begin to rebuild her life.

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES

Organizations understand that strong, stable, and secure families form a solid foundation for growth and success of all family members. Tailoring and providing programs for families who may need a little extra help to thrive allows partners to foster relationships to strengthen all families in San Diego County. Read their stories below:

 

  • Arts for Learning San Diego collaborated with Lincoln Military Housing to offer the Military Arts Connections (MAC) program on bases and at military housing to provide family engagement activities to assist with reintegration and communication.
  • City of Imperial Beach, among other cities, held a family-friendly “Let’s Connect Expo.”
  • Everywon, Inc. raised money for local non-profits with a fun 5K event.
  • Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District offered a Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Care Education (FAKCE) Super Saturday learning event for caregivers, kinship caregivers and children raised by relatives/grandparents.
  • Home Start Inc. brought hope to families and children during the holiday season.
  • Partnerships With Industry recruited a team of 12 runners and 40 volunteers, who helped ensure course safety, to participate in the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon.
  • South Bay Community Services hosted a variety of activities to strengthen South Bay families.
  • WD-40 Company developed the Advancing Opportunity & Prosperity Program.

“I have always believed in the power of movement to transform lives. Only as a team can we truly succeed. I am excited to bring the Everywon concept to San Diego, which already has a great health and fitness oriented culture.”

 

In Focus: Summer Camps and Engagement Activities Help Families Thrive

The YMCA of San Diego County is committed to reaching out to kids and families regardless of income to provide support through engagement. The YMCA has a vision to significantly increase the time families spend together, and specifically, to engage one in eight households in programs that will help family members of all ages and backgrounds learn, grow and thrive.

 

Last year, they raised $6,294,845 to provide scholarships to fulfill their mission to serve all people regardless of their ability to pay. These important funds support memberships, programs and opportunities like sending kids to summer camp.

 

Studies show that 15 percent of kids ages five to 16 are bullied repeatedly. The damage inflicted on these kids impacts their ability to feel safe, which can lead to depression, anxiety, loneliness and negative behavior. But extracurricular activities, like summer camp, yield tremendous benefits for children.

 

“When the Y offered a scholarship for Ciara to go to summer camp at YMCA Raintree Ranch, I was overjoyed!” said Janice. “I am so grateful for the scholarship the Y provided us. Going to camp has renewed Ciara’s confidence and self-worth.”

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YMCA of San Diego County

IMPROVING ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD

Recognized Partner are working together to connect farmers, distributors, retailers and residents so that more people can eat affordable, fresh and nutritious meals. Read their stories below:

 

  • Community Health Improvement Partners connected numerous good food movement partners at their Good Food Showcase, resulting in $80,550 in local and sustainable foods purchased by buyers in attendance following the event.
  • Dickinson Farm provided Sunday Suppers that connected 146 community members and raised more than $1500 for 3 local non-profits.
  • Feeding San Diego announced the launch of the first Starbucks FoodShare Program, with donations from 190 local Starbucks locations estimated to provide 750,000 pounds of food, or the equivalent of 625,000 meals, in the San Diego area annually.
  • A ProduceGood program, “CropSwap” aims to feed the hungry and reduce waste.
  • San Diego County Farm Bureau’s San Diego Grown 365 Brand gave local farmers an edge in the marketplace.

"The grassroots movement has shown me that people really do want to do the right thing, and they really do want to help, and when you give them a way to do it, and show them how, they come."

 

In Focus: Volunteers Make the Meals Go ‘Round

With over 131,000 seniors in San Diego County that are food insecure, Meals on Wheels relies on its many dedicated volunteers to deliver meals and social contact to more seniors throughout the region.

 

Meals on Wheels has grown from its humble beginnings 56 years ago. They began with delivery to 17 individuals and had hospitals provide their food. Now they deliver nearly half a million meals each year as they continue to change and adapt to our community’s growing needs.

 

In 2016, Meals on Wheels of San Diego County delivered more meals and served more seniors than ever before. Over 451,000 meals were prepared by staff and delivered by a robust group of volunteers. Nearly 3,000 volunteers helped deliver meals, and half of volunteers were veterans or spouses of veterans who served.

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Meals On Wheels

In Focus: Encinitas Union School District Integrates Health Food into Curriculum

The Encinitas Union School District Farm Lab and Nutrition program have teamed up to bring healthier fare to its students. The District has been successfully operating its Farm to School program since 2013 and secured its organic certification in 2016, making it the first certified organic school district in the country to grow for its own lunch program.

 

The Farm to School Program harvested 5,000 pounds of produce and enough lettuce each week to supply all nine daily salad bars in the District throughout the school year, and enough tomatoes to roast and freeze as pizza and marinara sauce for all nine schools for the entire school year.

 

The Farm Lab builds upon the successes of past farm to school approaches through its onsite school location and full integration of DREAMS, an educational approach that incorporates design, research, engineering, art, math, and science into standards based, hands-on lessons—furthering each student’s ability to build healthy habits through learning, exploration, and activities.

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Encinitas Union School District

HELPING SENIORS AGE WELL

Isolation and sedentary behaviors, prevalent in older adults as they age and circumstances change, are challenges that can be turned into solutions with stimulation for the brain, body and soul. Recognized Partners are working to improve the quality of life and support independence for San Diego seniors. Read their stories below:

 

“At San Diego OASIS, we appreciate the chance to partner with other non-profit agencies who are working as hard as we are to support the older adult community in San Diego. We value the opportunity to offer choices that allow older adults to give back to their communities. We are all in this together.”

 

In Focus: Ridesharing Gets Seniors Where They Need to Go

Lack of safe, affordable transportation for seniors is a problem recognized at the national, state, and local levels. Here in San Diego, there are more than 50,000 older adults for whom access to transportation is a daily concern.

 

With funding from the San Diego Foundation’s Age-Friendly Communities grants, Jewish Family Service of San Diego launched a breakthrough service, On the Go: Navigator, which partners with ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber to offer riders ages 60 and older safe, same-day transportation anywhere in San Diego County.

 

For people like Christy Meeks, whose mother recently stopped driving and does not have access to a cell phone, On the Go: Navigator is a game changer.

 

“The peace of mind that On the Go is monitoring my mom’s rides and communicating with the Lyft drivers to make sure she is getting dropped off and picked up safely is a huge blessing,” said Meeks.

 

To date, the program has provided more than 300,000 rides for seniors.

 

”The reality is that somewhere in your neighborhood there’s an older adult struggling to stay connected to the people and places that are most important to them," said Jewish Family Service CEO Michael Hopkins. “We are calling on our community to help us change that. A car and an hour or two a month are all it takes.”

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Jewish Family Service of San Diego

EASING TRANSITIONS FOR IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

Each year, San Diego County welcomes more refugees than any other region in California. When refugee and immigrant families arrive, they often experience culture shock because the legal, social, health, employment and transportation systems are so unfamiliar. Partners serve this diverse community by providing resources, services and programs to make the transition easier. Read their stories below:

 

“As a community, we have a long tradition of embracing refugee and immigrant families as a part of the fabric of our region. I think it is important to have community conversations about topics that are relevant to all of us here in San Diego. Particularly as these topics become more prominent in our local and national conversations, it is an important time to have engaged, substantive conversations with each other, and Spirit of the Barrio is a great space to do that.”

 

In Focus: Supporting Mental Health for Refugees in City Heights

United Women of East Africa Support Team (UWEAST) is elevating community wellbeing for East African men and boys in San Diego by forging community partnerships to address concerns facing young men as part of the Making Connections initiative.

 

“We were seeing young men in their early 20s using drugs, not going to college, ending up in prison,” said Jama Mohamed, Program Coordinator.

 

Refugees who may have experienced traumatic events in East Africa often face yet another set of challenges when they arrive in the U.S., including lack of educational and economic opportunities, unsafe living conditions and isolation. The UWEAST coalition is one of 16 selected from almost 250 organizations to participate in Making Connections. Funded by Movember and led by the Prevention Institute, Making Connections is leveraging the power of communities and connection to address conditions in the socioeconomic, physical, built and economic environment that can take a toll on mental health.

 

“It’s different to feel alone here,” Mohamed said. “It’s a more individualized culture; even brothers become strangers. We recognize people are not connected and, somehow, our cultural identity is being lost.”

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United Women of East Africa Support Team

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SUPPORTING SURVIVORS

Recognized Partners and San Diego residents are committed to improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods by engaging with one another and striving to build healthy, safe and thriving lives for all. Read their stories below:

 

“Casa de Amparo is working to significantly increase the level of therapeutic support provided to vulnerable youth and families in the community. With the help of donors and other community advocates, our goal is to create a San Diego where child abuse and neglect are not tolerated.”

 

In Focus: Helping Trafficking Survivors Regain their Lives

The North County Lifeline Project LIFE program provides trauma informed, victim-centered, evidence-based and culturally respectful prevention and intervention services to all victims of human trafficking.

 

Before she became a victim of human trafficking, 21 year-old Grace lived in Arizona, had a full-time job and lived a comfortable life. Grace became friends with a man on Facebook, in which he constantly offered Grace the opportunity to work for him and that he would provide housing in San Diego. When Grace arrived in San Diego, the horrible truth immediately became clear—she had come under the control of a sex trafficker who used social media to lure his victims.

 

After months of captivity, Grace finally was able to connect with her aunt, who reached out to the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, a member of the Project LIFE human trafficking collaborative. They coordinated Grace’s rescue with law enforcement and notified Project LIFE’s on-call case manager.

 

Within a few short hours, the Project LIFE case manager had retrieved Grace and her little boy and moved them to an emergency safe house in North San Diego County. Grace now receives counseling and trauma-informed therapy, and is able to focus on her goals, get a new job, and begin to rebuild her life.

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES

Organizations understand that strong, stable, and secure families form a solid foundation for growth and success of all family members. Tailoring and providing programs for families who may need a little extra help to thrive allows partners to foster relationships to strengthen all families in San Diego County. Read their stories below:

 

  • Arts for Learning San Diego collaborated with Lincoln Military Housing to offer the Military Arts Connections (MAC) program on bases and at military housing to provide family engagement activities to assist with reintegration and communication.
  • City of Imperial Beach, among other cities, held a family-friendly “Let’s Connect Expo.”
  • Everywon, Inc. raised money for local non-profits with a fun 5K event.
  • Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District offered a Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Care Education (FAKCE) Super Saturday learning event for caregivers, kinship caregivers and children raised by relatives/grandparents.
  • Home Start Inc. brought hope to families and children during the holiday season.
  • Partnerships With Industry recruited a team of 12 runners and 40 volunteers, who helped ensure course safety, to participate in the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon.
  • South Bay Community Services hosted a variety of activities to strengthen South Bay families.
  • WD-40 Company developed the Advancing Opportunity & Prosperity Program.

“I have always believed in the power of movement to transform lives. Only as a team can we truly succeed. I am excited to bring the Everywon concept to San Diego, which already has a great health and fitness oriented culture.”

 

In Focus: Summer Camps and Engagement Activities Help Families Thrive

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

The YMCA of San Diego County is committed to reaching out to kids and families regardless of income to provide support through engagement. The YMCA has a vision to significantly increase the time families spend together, and specifically, to engage one in eight households in programs that will help family members of all ages and backgrounds learn, grow and thrive.

 

Last year, they raised $6,294,845 to provide scholarships to fulfill their mission to serve all people regardless of their ability to pay. These important funds support memberships, programs and opportunities like sending kids to summer camp.

 

Studies show that 15 percent of kids ages five to 16 are bullied repeatedly. The damage inflicted on these kids impacts their ability to feel safe, which can lead to depression, anxiety, loneliness and negative behavior. But extracurricular activities, like summer camp, yield tremendous benefits for children.

 

“When the Y offered a scholarship for Ciara to go to summer camp at YMCA Raintree Ranch, I was overjoyed!” said Janice. “I am so grateful for the scholarship the Y provided us. Going to camp has renewed Ciara’s confidence and self-worth.”

IMPROVING ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD

Recognized Partner are working together to connect farmers, distributors, retailers and residents so that more people can eat affordable, fresh and nutritious meals. Read their stories below:

 

  • Community Health Improvement Partners connected numerous good food movement partners at their Good Food Showcase, resulting in $80,550 in local and sustainable foods purchased by buyers in attendance following the event.
  • Dickinson Farm provided Sunday Suppers that connected 146 community members and raised more than $1500 for 3 local non-profits.
  • Feeding San Diego announced the launch of the first Starbucks FoodShare Program, with donations from 190 local Starbucks locations estimated to provide 750,000 pounds of food, or the equivalent of 625,000 meals, in the San Diego area annually.
  • A ProduceGood program, “CropSwap” aims to feed the hungry and reduce waste.
  • San Diego County Farm Bureau’s San Diego Grown 365 Brand gave local farmers an edge in the marketplace.

"The grassroots movement has shown me that people really do want to do the right thing, and they really do want to help, and when you give them a way to do it, and show them how, they come."

 

In Focus: Volunteers Make the Meals Go ‘Round

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With over 131,000 seniors in San Diego County that are food insecure, Meals on Wheels relies on its many dedicated volunteers to deliver meals and social contact to more seniors throughout the region.

 

Meals on Wheels has grown from its humble beginnings 56 years ago. They began with delivery to 17 individuals and had hospitals provide their food. Now they deliver nearly half a million meals each year as they continue to change and adapt to our community’s growing needs.

 

In 2016, Meals on Wheels of San Diego County delivered more meals and served more seniors than ever before. Over 451,000 meals were prepared by staff and delivered by a robust group of volunteers. Nearly 3,000 volunteers helped deliver meals, and half of volunteers were veterans or spouses of veterans who served.

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

HELPING SENIORS AGE WELL

Isolation and sedentary behaviors, prevalent in older adults as they age and circumstances change, are challenges that can be turned into solutions with stimulation for the brain, body and soul.  Recognized Partners are working to improve the quality of life and support independence for San Diego seniors. Read their stories below:

 

“At San Diego OASIS, we appreciate the chance to partner with other non-profit agencies who are working as hard as we are to support the older adult community in San Diego. We value the opportunity to offer choices that allow older adults to give back to their communities. We are all in this together.”

 

In Focus: Ridesharing Gets Seniors Where They Need to Go

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

Lack of safe, affordable transportation for seniors is a problem recognized at the national, state, and local levels. Here in San Diego, there are more than 50,000 older adults for whom access to transportation is a daily concern.

 

With funding from the San Diego Foundation’s Age-Friendly Communities grants, Jewish Family Service of San Diego launched a breakthrough service, On the Go: Navigator, which partners with ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber to offer riders ages 60 and older safe, same-day transportation anywhere in San Diego County.

 

For people like Christy Meeks, whose mother recently stopped driving and does not have access to a cell phone, On the Go: Navigator is a game changer.

 

“The peace of mind that On the Go is monitoring my mom’s rides and communicating with the Lyft drivers to make sure she is getting dropped off and picked up safely is a huge blessing,” said Meeks.

 

To date, the program has provided more than 300,000 rides for seniors.

 

”The reality is that somewhere in your neighborhood there’s an older adult struggling to stay connected to the people and places that are most important to them," said Jewish Family Service CEO Michael Hopkins. “We are calling on our community to help us change that. A car and an hour or two a month are all it takes.”

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