Hands across the community

SOLANA BEACH — At the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club on Nov. 16, the Hand to Hand Women’s Fund celebrated and awarded grants totaling $30,940. The grant winners included four local charities that uphold the core values Hand to Hand was built upon.
As a fund of the Coastal Community Foundation, Hand to Hand is a group of more than 40 women in the San Diego area that recognizes local organizations intent on promoting economic self-sufficiency and positive change in the lives of women and girls.
In fall of 2010, Hand to Hand sent out requests for proposals and received 19 grant applications from various nonprofit organizations in San Diego County. The group selected Angel Faces, Foundation for Women, MANA and Shakti Rising as this year’s recipients. In line with the Hand to Hand mission statement, Angel Faces provides healing retreats for girls who have experienced severe facial disfigurements. Foundation for Women makes business loans to women at or below the poverty level. MANA offers culturally relevant leadership and mentoring programs to young Latinas. Shakti Rising arranges counseling and lends a helping hand to women who have experienced everything from sexual and mental abuse to depression and low self-esteem.
Although these four groups are a small number of the many influential organizations in the San Diego area, the members of Hand to Hand have chosen them because they are standouts empowering change and self-reliance in the lives of women in our community.
For more information about Hand to Hand, visit www.coastalfoundation.org.

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