2011 Grants, Focus Area: health aND WELLNESS

Assistance League of Sierra Foothills

The goal of the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills’ (ALSF) Operations School Bell (founded in the early 1950’s) program is to provide new school clothing to underprivileged and homeless middle school children in El Dorado County. ALSF’s plan is to clothe 450 middle school children who have been identified by the schools as children in need. This year they will focus on middle schools in Placerville (4 schools) and South Lake Tahoe (1 school).

These schools were identified because they have the highest percentage of children on the free and reduced lunch program. Three to four shopping events at local retailers will be scheduled in October where students receive a $100 voucher to purchase school attire with the support and supervision of ALSF volunteers. ALSF will utilize the $20,000 grant and provide matching funds from their organization to accomplish this goal.

Community Resource CenteR

The Community Resource Center (CRC) provides services for El Dorado County’s homeless or at risk of being homeless population. As recently as 2008, El Dorado County estimated 721 local community members as being homeless or at risk of being homeless. The CRC proposes a pilot project, “Categories of Care,” that will involve the participation of eighty clients to be enrolled in a coaching process that will prepare them to make substantial life changes. These changes may involve seeking and gaining employment and/or enrolling in the local community college or earning a GED certificate.

As part of their program, participants will receive health and dental assistance, one-on-one coaching in computer skills and interview techniques/resume writing, assistance with grooming and hygiene, and budget management. Additionally, the CRC ‘s rotating seven-night per week over-night rotating shelter program during the ‘on’ season (November-March 31) will be supplemented with nomadic shelters and transportation vouchers for the ‘off’ season of the shelter program.

Food Bank of El Dorado County

The Food Bank of El Dorado County is requesting funding for their 2011-2012 Homebound Delivery Program. This program will provide healthy, nutritious, emergency food assistance to clients, certified homebound by the client’s physician, who have no other way of receiving food assistance in El Dorado County. On a monthly basis, the Food Bank staff, teamed with volunteers, will deliver staple foods to this at-risk population, and provide a friendly face from the Food Bank to provide friendly interaction and hope to clients who usually have very little interaction with anybody.

The project is currently serving 30 individuals per month, and the Food Bank’s objective is to double the amount of homebound clients served and eliminate the current waiting list.

Senior Peer Counseling of El Dorado County

Senior Peer Counseling (SPC) of El Dorado County serves adults over 55 years old by providing outreach for counseling, community education , referrals and individual confidential counseling by trained peer volunteers at no charge to the client. SPC has served 738 clients since it began in 1988. In 2009, they evaluated and served 45 new clients, and in 2010 they served 57 new clients. Volunteer counselors require weekly supervision from a licensed mental health clinician to insure standards of practice are met, which protect the clients, counselors and the community.

The Senior Peer Counseling proposal is to provide funding for one clinical supervisor’s time for a year in order for the program to continue. The program provides trained senior volunteers to counsel older adults who may be experiencing difficulties coping with grief, loneliness and depression in the aging process. The SPC works to empower clients to make independent decisions and become active participants in their own lives. Counseling can be a catalyst for change in the individual, which has a direct effect on family, friends, neighbors and the community at large.

The El Dorado Community Foundation also contributed $9,150 to the Senior Peer Counseling Program.

Impact Grants

American River Conservancy

Gold Hill Ranch Restoration with 400 students from Gold Trail School.

AAUW Placerville

Will provide financial assistance for former female CASA foster youth to return and complete their college education.

El Dorado Arts Council

Expand Poetry Out Loud to include El Dorado and Union Mine High schools.