While local municipal budgets are easing a bit, the region’s social safety net providers are still overwhelmed by a wave of need amidst flagging revenues.
This week, 37 nonprofits from Orange County got a boost from the philanthropic community with more than $525,000 in grants awarded through the Orange County Community Foundation’s Reach Out OC initiative. Individual grants to nonprofits ranged from $10,000 to $25,000.
“We all know that life hasn’t gotten any easier for the most vulnerable in our community,” said Shelley Hoss, president of the foundation.
Hoss noted that this is the fourth year that the foundation has organized a special community fund drive for nonprofits providing social safety net, health care and veterans services. To date, the effort alone has raised more than $2.5 million.
2012 recipients included:
Safety Net Services
American Family Housing
Anaheim Interfaith Shelter
Colette’s Children’s Home
Family Assistance Ministries
Mercy House Living Centers
Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter
Pathways of Hope
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
Serving People in Need
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen
South County Outreach
Southwest Minority Economic Development Association
Thomas House Temporary Shelter
We Care of Los Alamitos
Women’s Transitional Living Center
Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County
Hurtt Family Health Clinic
Laguna Beach Community Clinic
Latino Health Access
Lestonnac Free Clinic
Livingstone Community Development Corporation
Serve the People
Share Our Selves
The Gary Center
Disabled Veterans Assistance Foundation
J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center
Women Helping Women/Men2Work