Sierra Grant Program provides funding to 10 Central Valley nonprofits

Bank of the Sierra awards $36,000 in grants to Central Valley nonprofits during second quarter

 @TheSunGazette

PORTERVILLE – Bank of the Sierra announced last week that a total of $62,500 was given to 18 nonprofits within its footprint during the second quarter. 

Kevin McPhaill, bank president and chief executive officer stated, “We are thrilled for the chance to help so many wonderful organizations!” He added, “We are here to help our communities and the Sierra Grant Program is just one example of that fact.”

The bank awards $1,000-$5,000 grants to 15-20 local nonprofit organizations each quarter as part of its Sierra Grant Program. In the Central Valley, $36,000 was distributed to 10 nonprofits, including the following organizations:

Arts Visalia received funding for its Youth Education Program, which offers a year-round selection of activities and art classes for children ages 5 to 18. The funding will also support scholarships for children, including those who are at-risk or from low-income families and would not otherwise be able to participate in an art program. The nonprofit community art center showcases exhibitions of various artists in their gallery, provides art education classes and hosts artist talks.

The Kings Guild, a leading donor to projects funded by the Valley Children’s Hospital Guild, received funding to assist with operational costs for their annual themed dinner dance fundraising event. Their costs include items for auctions and raffles, catering, entertainment, security, tickets, portable bathrooms, tents and more. The Kings Guild includes members from throughout Hanford, Lemoore and the rest of Kings County, and it is one of 15 guilds that supports Valley Children’s Hospital.

Fresh Start Youth Center dba Mollie’s House received funds to support mental health services for girls between the ages of 12 to 17 who are victims of sexual trafficking. The funds will also help the costs of improved nutrition and hygiene programs, emergency shelters, counselor visits and educational opportunities. The Fresno non-profit provides these services and 24-hour residential care to trafficking victims.

The Kern Partnership for Children and Families was awarded a grant to help fund its Operation Fresh Start – 2018 program. The non-profit puts together starter kits for resource families, who are parents that take care of foster children but are not eligible to receive temporary government support until they pass the required approval process, which can take up to 90 days or more. The starter kits include items such as backpacks, clothing and books, and for smaller children, diapers and toys. 

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