The Price Family Charitable Fund approved grants for the following at its October meeting:
Elementary schools in City Heights
Grants were approved for Cherokee Point, Edison, and Normal Heights elementary schools to support an attendance clerk, school nurse, and school counselor at the respective sites.
Hoover High Mentor Program
A grant will fund a part-time mentor program coordinator at Hoover High School. The mentoring program was founded approximately 20 years ago by the late Captain Paul Hartley and serves an average of 30-60 students per year. Hoover students are paired with Hoover alumni, many Rotarians, who guide the students toward graduation and a career path.
A grant to the “Water With Blessings” program will provide potable water for 100 households in Honduras for several years. The program works in rural communities, educating residents on the importance of clean water for drinking and household use. The program gives a simple portable filtration system to a few selected mothers with instructions on how to use the system in exchange for a commitment from the mothers to filter water for two additional households besides their own. Each filtration system costs the program $60 and can filter up to 500 gallons per day and lasts for up to 10 years.
Solar Lights Program
This is a pilot program to improve lighting in high crime areas of the Teralta East and Teralta West neighborhoods in the community of City Heights. The grant will provide funds to procure 50 motion sensor solar lights that will be installed on apartment buildings, single family homes, and businesses. The locations will be selected by the City Heights Town Council, Cardinals Interact participants, San Diego Police officers, and residents.
North County Health Services
The grant committee approved a matching challenge grant to North County Health Services (NCHS) to support their capital campaign to do tenant improvements on a new health center. NCHS, through a grant from the City of Carlsbad, recently purchased a building in the Carlsbad Village neighborhood, to expand their services to the underserved. In 2011, they served more than 57,000 patients in North County, through 11 licensed clinics and two mobile clinics. The new facility will double their square footage in Carlsbad and increase the capacity to 4,000 patients per year, about a 60% increase over what they served in 2010.
San Diego Museum of Man
The San Diego Museum of man is creating an “access/ABILITY” exhibit to deliver the message to children, parents and educators that as human beings, we are more alike than different. The exhibit will present people living with disabilities as participants in the world and shows how people with disabilities go places, communicate, have fun and learn. The exhibit will run from October 13, 2012 to June 30, 2013. The Price Family Charitable grant helps underwrite the exhibit.