The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the charity arm of the Major League Baseball franchise, has announced grants totaling more than $1.9 million.
Spurred in part by a 50/50 raffle program at Dodger Stadium that raised more than $3.8 million, the foundation provided funding to a hundred and eleven organizations in 2019, with 43 percent of the total awarded in support of education and literacy programs, 26 percent directed to health and wellness initiatives, and 31 percent going to sports and recreation efforts.
Grant recipients include CASA, which was awarded $20,000 in support of its postsecondary advocacy activities on behalf of foster care youth; Peer Health Exchange, which received $25,000 in support of its mental wellness programs and health education for Title I high school students; Positive Coaching Alliance L.A., which was awarded $50,000 to provide character development workshops for students at Title I middle and high schools in Los Angeles; Think Together, which received $30,000 in support of afterschool STEM and robotics programming for middle school students; and Vision to Learn, which was awarded $100,000 to provide a thousand free eye exams to low-income students in the Pasadena Unified School District.
"We are focused on the most pressing problems facing underserved communities today and invest in proven programs that improve young Angelenos' access to education, health care, and sports," said LADF chief operating officer Chaitali Gala Mehta. "Our grants help address challenges that prevent children from excelling in school or recreational activities and are strategically focused on supporting safe programming for youth of all abilities, STEM activities, foster care support services, mental wellness programming, and addressing food insecurity."
(Photo credit: Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation)