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Foundation Gives $48,000 in Grants to Senior Centers in North County

The nonprofit San Diego Seniors Community Foundation gave $226,794 to senior centers around the county last year, with more than $48,000 to senior centers across North County.

The nonprofit San Diego Seniors Community Foundation gave more than $48,000 in grants for programs at senior centers across North County last year and some of the funding is going toward programs continuing this year that support healthy aging and independence and reduce isolation among seniors during the pandemic. The grants ranged from $2,500 to $15,000.

The Oceanside Senior Center received $15,000 for Digital Cafe, a program for equipment, instruction and support to improve virtual connection for isolated seniors to meet with others via their computers.

The San Marcos Senior Center was granted $14,910 for Connecting Seniors with Technology, a project that bridges the digital divide by providing equipment, instruction and support to seniors.

Foundation for Senior Care in Fallbrook received $6,620 for its Telehealth Connections program, to provide equipment and support to help rural seniors access medical care through digital platforms.

The Fallbrook Senior Center was awarded $3,200 to expand its volunteer outreach to a team of 10 people who provide 200 isolated older people with holiday decor and hand-written cards and delivered poinsettias to the home-bound and Meals-to-Go members.

The Escondido Senior Center received $3,000 for holiday decor along with a handwritten card for 200 isolated seniors.

Del Mar Community Connections received $2,500 to deliver greenery arrangements and gift bags with word puzzles, books and treats to 70 isolated seniors.

The Ramona Senior Center received $3,000 for a drive-thru holiday party for about 100 area seniors.

Last year, a total of $226,794 in grants went to senior centers across San Diego County. Since it was founded in 2017 by Bob Kelly, former president and CEO of The San Diego Foundation, the nonprofit has given about $253,000 to senior centers in San Diego County.

The foundation is raising money for its No Senior Alone campaign and is accepting proposals from community organizations that are supporting isolated seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The foundation is partnering with the Sahm Family Foundation to raise $1 million for programs that address seniors’ immediate needs during the pandemic. The Sahm foundation is giving $500,000 in matching grants toward the No Senior Alone campaign.

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