The California Wellness Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $7 million to organizations working to respond to threats to the well-being of Californians.
Awarded through the foundation's Advancing Wellness program, the grants focus on efforts to help Californians recover from October wildfires in the state; programs that support the health and well-being of immigrants; and assistance for homeless youth. To that end, the foundation awarded $41,750 grants to both the Solano Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Napa Valley to provide assistance to individuals whose lives have been disrupted by the fires in Santa Rosa and surrounding areas, including support for temporary shelter, food, medical care, mental health services, emergency child care, transportation, referrals, case management, and legal services.
In addition, as part of its Advance and Defend campaign, the foundation awarded $775,000 to Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees to strengthen the capacity of local and regional efforts aimed at supporting the health and well-being of immigrants. A portion of the grant will be used to match gifts to the UndocuFund, which is funding direct fire-relief services for undocumented immigrants in Sonoma County.
And to mark the September relocation of the foundation's headquarters to downtown Los Angeles, the foundation awarded $100,000 over two years to the Downtown Women's Center in support of its ongoing efforts to provide health and supportive services, case management, and permanent supportive housing to homeless women in Los Angeles; and $250,000 to John Burton Advocates for Youth, which will use the funds to provide technical assistance to supportive housing programs so that they can use the freed-up resources to strengthen their academic case management and coaching, build stronger relationships with colleges and universities in the state, and help youth manage the financial aid system and the work-school balance.
"In times of trauma, health suffers," said Cal Wellness vice president of programs Fatima Angeles. "And recovering from the devastation of the fires in Northern California will be a years-long process. The community foundations in Napa and Solano are in the best position to assess the needs of residents and offer help, and we are eager to support their efforts."
For a complete list of grants, see the Cal Wellness website.