Tulare County nonprofits awarded BofA grants

(Rigo Moran)

Bank of America awards grants to four Visalia non profit organizations that address basic needs of hunger, shelter and job readiness

TULARE – Bank of America recently awarded its first round of grants for 2024, totaling $252,745 to nonprofits serving Tulare, Fresno, Merced, Madera and Kings counties that focus on improving the lives of individuals and families in underserved communities.

Four Tulare County nonprofits received $80,000 in this initial round of grants to help address basic needs such as hunger relief, emergency shelter/homelessness services and job readiness. These nonprofits include Community Services Employment Training (CSET), to continue its long-running Youth Career Exploration and Internship stipends, and Family Services of Tulare County to help it continue providing supportive housing for approximately 300 men, women and children in Visalia, Tulare and Porterville.

Other recipients from Tulare County include the Visalia Emergency Aid Council, which will use the funds to help maintain a consistent healthy food supply for residents experiencing food insecurity, and Salt + Light, which will use the grant for its Social Enterprise Program that provides job training and education to individuals experiencing homelessness. The nonprofit also is building California’s first-ever master-planned permanent supportive community with those experiencing chronic homelessness.

“This BofA grant will enable our Social Enterprise Program to train more neighbors experiencing homelessness with essential skills to get them back on stable footing and on the road to success,” Salt + Light’s founder and CEO Adrianne Hillman said via announcement.

Bank of America Fresno and Visalia president Mark Riley said improving economic mobility for low- and moderate-income households is a key part of the company’s overall philanthropic approach.

“Partnering with impactful local organizations to address the important needs the Central Valley is experiencing is part of our commitment to creating real change in the region,” Riley said via announcement.

These grants build on the $3.6 million Bank of America has provided to area organizations since 2019 and are part of the bank’s longstanding commitment to supporting economic opportunity for diverse communities. In addition, employee volunteerism continues to be important with employees in the five-county region logging more than 45,000 volunteer hours since 2019.

Bank of America describes itself as one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company aims to provide unmatched convenience in the U.S., serving approximately 69 million consumer and small business clients with approximately 3,800 retail financial centers, approximately 15,000 ATMs and award-winning digital banking with approximately 57 million verified digital users.

The company serves clients through operations across the United States, its territories and more than 35 countries.

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