Three groups gain from foundation support

CARLSBAD — With its second funding cycle now complete, the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation announced that a total of more than $50,000 was awarded to three deserving organizations that serve Carlsbad’s senior citizens: San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine, Interfaith Community Services, and North County Food Bank.
San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine will receive $27,500 to design programs and train all professional staff currently serving Carlsbad’s palliative and hospice patients. This model program will be taught, monitored, and disseminated throughout the state of California, but Carlsbad patients will be the inaugural recipients of pain relief through this staff training.
Interfaith Community Services will receive $12,500 to provide emergency food cards and transportation assistance to Carlsbad senior citizens. ICS Senior Services case managers and the Coastal Service Center will partner with the Carlsbad Senior Center to refer those seniors needing assistance. Providing seniors with taxi vouchers will enable seniors to attend necessary doctors’ appointments. Food gift cards from various grocery stores in specific increments will allow Carlsbad’s needy seniors to shop at the store closest to home.
North County Food Bank will receive $12,500 to expand the provision of needed nourishment to low and extremely low income qualified senior citizens. Funding will enable the North County Food bank to open a second food distribution site within the city of Carlsbad, and to augment current outreach to Carlsbad seniors through the organization’s Senior Visitor Program. Through February 2009, the food bank has experienced a 53 percent increase in the demand for food compared to the same period a year ago.
The grants were made possible thanks to the investment of the members of The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation. Additionally, this year’s funding was matched by the Gary and Mary West Foundation, thereby doubling the amount that each organization received.
The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation is an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation. The CCF strives to raise philanthropic funds in Carlsbad for Carlsbad nonprofit organizations. All Carlsbad residents are invited to join the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation as it uses donated funds to (a) build a permanent Carlsbad-based endowment; and (b) seek, vet and fund qualified nonprofit organizations focused on the annual CCF issue topic. For more information about the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, contact John Duca, regional manager, at (760) 269-3882 or by e-mail at john@sdfoundation.org.

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