Screening Committee Approves Grants

The Price Family Charitable Fund (PFCF) Screening Committee approved a handful of grants at its last meeting of 2011.

San Diego State University Research Foundation
Sustained an Environmental Specialist at Hoover High School to provide custodial service above and beyond what’s provided by the school district. Originally funded by the PFCF in October 2010, the position administered a “Clean Campus Classroom” campaign uniting students, teachers, and custodians in a mutual effort to keep the campus clean. The campaign resulted in a 20% trash decline. The position was also effective in reducing graffiti, maintaining cleaner bathrooms, and improving the overall campus appearance.

International Rescue Committee
Funded an Urban Farmkeeper to provide maintenance and assistance to community gardeners at three City Heights urban farms. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) will train the farmkeeper to establish a pilot research study to develop high-quality compost materials and teach City Heights residents to cultivate their own garden. The project will measure outcomes to reduce waste, increase compost quality and quantity, and increase the number of educational program participants.

La Maestra Family Clinic
Sustained two part-time jobs at the Elaine Springer Health and Wellness Center on the Central Elementary School campus. The Medical Assistant assists with vaccinations, refers patients to health education, and helps with clinic operations. The Patient Services Representative provides administrative support and covers the reception desk. In the past year, 550 patients have been served by these La Maestra clinic staff.

San Diego Family Care (Mid City Clinic)
Sustained one full-time job at the Elaine Springer Health and Wellness Center on the Central Elementary School campus. The Outreach Worker “Promotora”, disseminates outreach materials about available medical and behavior health programs. The Promotora was successful in the past year at reaching 3,000 new community members and increasing clinic clients by 5%.

Community Resource Center
Approved a grant to support the Community Resource Center’s Food Programs. The Community Resource Center is a non-profit social services agency serving residents in the North County, based in Encinitas. The Food Programs include an emergency food pantry for clients with immediate needs; weekly food distributions to low-income households; a Holiday Basket Program to provide fresh poultry, staple foods, and other household essentials during the holidays; and a food stamp outreach program to enroll qualified families in the food stamp program. The combined programs serve approximately 9,000 each year.