Our Community Partners

Mending Matters
Grant Term: 1 Year
Mending Matters provides on-site, easily accessible mental health services to students. Over the past two years, Mending Matters expanded its comprehensive, student-driven mental health services to junior high and middle-school age youth by 40%. They expect to reach 4,600 students (ages 12-14 years-old) between August 2023 and June 2024, and to maintain a 90% completion rate of their services.

Monarch School Project 
Grant Term: 2 Years
Monarch School Project (MSP) has been providing services to unhoused youth since 1987. Their Mental Health Services (MHS) model delivers high-quality school based MHS to the greater San Diego community and those schools that serve large populations of
unhoused students.

SAY San Diego 
Grant Term: 2 Years
Since 1999, SAY San Diego (SAY) has effectively implemented certified outpatient child and family mental health programs as a core service. SAY’s ongoing school-based mental health initiatives provide cost-free therapeutic services to students in the Madison and Patrick Henry school clusters.

Episcopal Community Services
Episcopal Community Services focuses on holistic education, early childhood and parenting skill development and family engagement, serving children in their classrooms or community.

Guitars in the Classroom 
Trains educators to teach through the joy of music and the power of songs to build phonological awareness and early math skills. 

Healthy Early Years (HEY) Clinic at SDSU’s Center for Excellence in Early Development
Provides a three-tired model of support that addresses a significant gap in the system of care for young children by providing direct early childhood mental health consultation services in school settings.

Logan Heights Community Development Corporation
Provides affordable childcare at around half the annual average cost in San Diego County in a STEAM-focused early education setting for residents of historically under-resourced neighborhoods in Greater Logan Heights, Barrio Logan, and Southeastern San Diego.

Monarch School Project
Provides weekly music classes designed to meet basic needs, provide early literacy education and socioemotional learning, and establish habitual routines all with the goal of enhancing kindergarten-readiness in under-resourced comunities.

Palomar Family Counseling Service
Strengthens the ability of early childhood education programs to improve young children’s cognitive and social development by incorporating an evidence-based program for parents and children, shown to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors associated with well-being, resilience, and health equity.

Solutions for Change
Serves children who share a history of family homelessness and come from significantly low-income households with programs designed to help children with coping skills, self-esteem, anger management and overall social skills.

Bayside Community Center
Addresses food security in Linda Vista through direct distribution of shelf-stable foods, the cultivation and distribution of fresh, healthy produce, and providing education on urban agriculture and healthy eating.

City Heights CDC
Enhances the quality of life in City Heights by working with the community to improve food access through their New Roots Community Farm and Project Nourish.

Coastal Roots Farm
Nourishes bodies and supports thriving lives through dignified access to fresh, healthy food and inclusive multigenerational and multicultural programs that foster joy, compassion, and connection to the land, food, and one another.

ElderHelp of San Diego
Provides customizable home deliveries of groceries to San Diego seniors based on preferences and dietary needs as well as nutrition-education services for clients and volunteers.

Kitchens for Good
Addresses the root causes of food insecurity by helping food-insecure individuals and those with diminished economic opportunities improve their health and financial stability.

Urban Growth
Provides community members the education and resources to grow food through macro and micro-farm programs, facilitating sustainable food systems.

Alpha Project for the Homeless 
Empowers individuals, families, and communities by providing work, recovery, and support services to people who are motivated to change their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.

Casa de Amparo
Supports those affected by and at risk of child abuse and neglect through a range of programs and services that promote healing growth, and healthy relationships.

ElderHelp of San Diego
Provides personalized services and information that help seniors remain independent and live with dignity in their own homes.

Foundation for Women Warriors
Honors and empowers the women veteran community by providing housing assistance.

Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Provides a welcoming environment, meaningful resources and tools, and dignified support to help families find stability and transition back into permanent housing through their Safe Parking Program and case management services.

Just in Time for Foster Youth
Serves young people out of the foster care system after age 18 who leave without a safety net or a family to assist with their transition to adulthood.

Monarch School Project
Educates students impacted by homelessness through an innovative approach where students gain the skills they need to improve their lives, develop awareness of their emotions, explore their passions and plan for a life of self-sufficient living.

Serving Seniors
Helps poor and homeless seniors to thrive, using an innovative model of whole-person, wraparound support including meals, housing, health and social services, and lifelong learning.

American Bar Association Immigration Justice Project 
Provides legal empowerment for detained female asylum seekers, among other services.

Casa Cornelia Law Center
Provides free counsel and representation to indigent asylum seekers at each step of their immigration journey.

International Rescue Committee
Provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America.

Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Provides robust immigration legal services in addition to humanitarian and respite shelter for asylum seekers. This grant made in partnership with The San Diego Foundation.

Karen Organization of San Diego
Provides culturally and linguistically appropriate support for refugees from Burma that move the community toward integration and self-sufficiency.This grant made in partnership with The San Diego Foundation.

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego
Partners with diverse community programs to serve students and their families in Mid City, including a large population of immigrants, refugees, and asylees, by linking them to the resources and services they need including college scholarships, case management.

Survivors of Torture, International
Provides holistic care and services to asylum seekers, asylees and refugees who are torture survivors.

The San Diego LGBT Community Center
Provides in-house case management that supports acclimation, translation services and forms assistance, travel and transportation assistance and other basic needs to support LGBT refugees, asylees and asylum seekers.

Children’s Legal Services of San Diego, Inc.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Case Manager
The CSEC Case Manager will provide education, training and support to prevent human trafficking among the highly vulnerable population of foster youth.

Free to Thrive
Family Law Program
Provides no-cost legal services and connections to other support services for survivors of human trafficking.

Recovery and Transition Programs
Provides long-term, comprehensive safe-housing and complex trauma-informed care to survivors of sex trafficking.

North County Lifeline
Project LIFE
Combats human trafficking through intensive youth-focused prevention and intervention programs.

Project Concern International/ San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective
San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective
A 3-year prevention program that builds the resilience of San Diego school children to protect them from human trafficking.

The AjA Project
Girls-Eye View
Uses photography as a powerful tool to build confidence and self-representation for underserved girls and women in juvenile and rehabilitation system.

Boys to Men Mentoring Network, Inc.
Boys to Men Mentoring Program
Facilitates in-school volunteer group mentoring to support young men on their journey to adulthood.

The David’s Harp Foundation, Inc.
Student Studio
Provides young people with creative outlets, while improving school GPA and a place to call home.

International Rescue Committee
Refugee Girl’s Academy
Empowers young refugee girls overcome adversity and achieve self-confidence by applying Social/ Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum in its program.

Survivors of Torture, International
Refugee Student Enrichment Activities (RSEA)
Helps refugee youth groups increase positive adaptive skills to process traumatic experiences and to heal.

Tariq Khamisa Foundation
Restorative Workshops
Offers school-based instruction to children that develops problem-solving skills and promotes nonviolence resolution among their peers.

Just in Time for Foster Youth
Basic Needs/My First Home
Works to keep transition-age foster youth from becoming homeless by providing guidance and resources to support safe, stable housing.

Foster Youth Self-Sufficiency – Addressing Risk Factors for Homelessness
Assists foster youth in achieving and maintaining self-sufficiency by offering one-on-one individualized transition and housing plans through Youth2Youth Advocates.

San Diego LGBT Community Center
Youth Services
Provides mental health and case management services to meet the unique needs of at-risk and homeless LGBT and HIV positive youth.

Think Dignity
Homeless Youth Legal Advocacy Project
Offers direct attorney representation and emotional support for homeless youth dealing with criminal defense and family law legal issues.

Voices for Children
Transitional-Age Teens and Homelessness Prevention Program
Prepares at-risk foster teens for a successful adult life outside of the foster care system through the caring advocacy of CASA volunteers.


Center for Employment Opportunities
Reentry to Employment: Training & Certification
Provides immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions.

Kitchens for Good
Project Launch: Culinary Job Training
Breaks the cycles of food waste, poverty and hunger though innovative programs in workforce training, healthy food production and social enterprise.

MiraCosta College Foundation
Machinist Technology Program
Prepares students for employment in machine shops and manufacturing facilities to provide a direct path to an exciting career, job security and financial stability.

National Foundation for Autism Research
Offers those with autism the opportunity to gain technical and employment skills in a supportive and hands-on environment.

Vista Community Clinic
Training Low-Income Residents to Become Medical Assistants
Develops an affordable, public and certificated MA training program.


Center on Policy Initiatives
Students for Economic Justice
Inspires college students from underserved communities to become high-functioning, effective leaders through their engagement in intensive classroom workshops and in working for well-established partners in the community to address issues critical to the region.

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Diamond Youth Programs Leadership Training Series
Equips students with the leadership skills they need to become catalysts for community change in San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods.

Outdoor Outreach
Outdoor Voices Youth Leadership Initiative
Utilizes the outdoors to provide teens with life skills, employment opportunities, and civic engagement training.

South Bay Community Services
Promotora-led Parent Outreach, Education and Engagement Program
Provides an innovative platform that dramatically increases the number of effective parent volunteers at underperforming schools in Chula Vista through the use of Promotoras (bi-lingual parents with a track record of community involvement).


Friends of Albert Einstein Academies
Water Education Station
Educates students in grades K-8, the community, and many neighboring schools about water issues relating to water conservation, quality, and treatment.

Friends of Balboa Park
Plaza de Balboa Smartscape Project
Makes Balboa Park more sustainable by optimizing water usage in the Plaza de Balboa, reclaiming water from building rooftops and air conditioning condensation, and utilizing “water wise” irrigation to the Zoro and Persian Rug Gardens.

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
Water Wise Programs
Teaches children about the water cycle, conservation, watershed science, and environmental issues through education programs and the Water Wise exhibit.

The Water Conservation Garden
Ms. Smarty-Plants Grows Earth Heroes & The Magic of Water
Effecting long-term changes in how San Diegans use and conserve water by providing education programs for children teaching them about the scarcity of water, drought tolerant plants, and simple things they can do to conserve water.

Able-Disabled Advocacy, Inc.

Offers employability skills training and job placement services that will lead to financial self-sufficiency and holistic well-being for 50 adults with significant disabilities.

San Diego County Medical Society Foundation
Project Access San Diego

Provides access to needed specialty care for uninsured San Diego residents.

San Diego Public Library Foundation
READ/San Diego

Offers free adult literacy program to improve the reading comprehension and general literacy skills of San Diego residents.

YMCA Youth & Family Services
Kinship Support Services

Provides respite, assistance with childcare and other emergency needs, support groups, needs assessments, resource and referrals, and assistance navigating the child welfare system and other systems of support to new kinship caregivers.

Bayside Community Center
Linda Vista Academic Club

Take the successful Kit Carson Elementary School Academic Club model and replicate it at Linda Vista Elementary School.

Community HousingWorks
Running Readers Reading Enhancement Program

Utilize the Running Readers program to provide students with the skills, knowledge and encouragement to enhance reading aptitude and attitude so that students are reading at grade level by the completion of third grade and; to facilitate a supportive home environment to encourage parent involvement in reading activities.

Excellence and Justice in Education Academies
Literacy Intervention Project

Hire a reading specialist who can provide training for classroom teachers on language improvement strategies and provide one-to-three and one-to-one language skills training for underperforming students in the school.

International Rescue Committee
TEAM (Teach, Engage, Achieve, and Motivate) Project

Provides an afterschool program at Marshall Elementary for refugee students to improve their academic performance, self-esteem and civic participation; and to encourage parent involvement in their children’s education.

Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties
Empowering Young Leaders – Encouraging Young Lives

Prepares low-income, at-risk students in K through 5 to succeed in the global economy by making the learning “relevant to the real world,” and to expose students to knowledge they may not receive at home.

California Center for the Arts Escondido
My Story: Literacy Through the Arts

Continue the artist-in-residence program with Escondido Union School District (EUSD) confronting the District’s challenges with the lack of art teachers or an arts curriculum, low academic achievement, and a high population of non-native English Language Learners (ELL).

Eveoke Dance Theatre
REFUGE in the Arts

Explores “cycles of violence” through a professional training and performance program that serves ages 10-18, connecting these youth with social activism through the dance.

Playwrights Project
Writing Lives

Provides playwriting residencies to underserved students at schools in Lakeside and San Ysidro, and performances of student work for the community.

San Diego Center for Children
Therapeutic Music Program

Helps heal emotional wounds by providing an outlet for children to learn to cope with past trauma by expressing themselves through music and movement.

San Diego Opera Association
Words and Music

Provides arts education and improve literacy skills of at-risk students through the creation of their own opera.

Camp Stevens
Environmental Stewardship Project

Provides discovery programs and overnights at Camp Stevens allowing hands-on experiences leading to lifestyle change and community action.

Ocean Discovery Institute
Canyon Community Connection

Addresses environmental and societal challenges facing the watershed of Swan Canyon.

San Diego Coastkeeper
Marine Debris Program

A fun way to learn about issues and solutions in nature to seek immediate positive impact on environmental health.

Torrey Pines Docent Society
Sustaining Success at Torrey Pines: A Nature Connection for All Age

Protect, preserve and help maintain Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve.

Alliance for African Assistance
Medical Interpretation Certification Program

Certify refugee interpreters to work in medical and dental practices where op-portunities for full-time, well-paid employment are growing.

East County EDC Foundation
The Grossmont College OPT Program

Provides skills training, personal/crisis counseling, and job placement and retention services at no cost to low-income and at-risk students from a variety of age groups, socioeconomic levels, and ethnic backgrounds.

Home Start, Inc.
H-Seed Program

Link unemployed or low income people to careers in accounting, business and/or tax preparation through intensive training, internship and career development.

International Rescue Committee
Career Development Program

Helps newly arrived refugees transition from their initial entry level job into higher wage, higher skilled careers through one-on-one case management assistance and a Vocational Education Loan Fund.

Barrio Logan College Institute
The Brighter Futures Youth Collaborative

Provides academic, social and extracurricular activities that will help under-served middle school students develop positive skills and behaviors, make positive choices, and ultimately become the first in their families to attend college.

Kids Korps USA
Engaging City Heights Youth in Volunteer Service Activities

Engages high-risk middle school students from Monroe Clark Middle School and Wilson Middle School in hands-on volunteer service activities through the development of year-round school-based chapters at these schools.

SAY San Diego
Project L.I.V.E.

Provides a range of supportive services and resources to children of incarcerated parents, to provide them with the tools to become self sufficient, successful adults.

Tariq Khamisa Foundation
Peace Empowerment Project – Middle School Leaders & Peacebuilders

Empowers students to say “no” to guns, gangs, bullying and violence; to make positive choices; and to become leaders in their school and community.

Vista Community Clinic
Project REACH

Increase resilience of middle school age youth through a comprehensive gang prevention intervention program in Oceanside and Vista.

Jewish Family Services of San Diego
Youth Food Pantry

Feed San Diego’s homeless, low-income, and vulnerable children and adults, helping individuals and families attain higher levels of stability and functioning.

La Maestra Family Clinic
Healthy Food Choices

Improves access to nutritious foods and to help low-income families in the Central Region learn to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Meals-On-Wheels San Diego County
Meals 4 Seniors

Increases access to nutritional meals for seniors, age 60 and older, residing in City Council District 4.

Morse High School
Terra Nova Academy Seeds of Leadership

Creates the Seeds of Leadership Youth Garden to find creative solutions to food insecurity.

San Diego Hunger Coalition
Food Stamp Task Force

Assists the Food Stamp Task Force to increase participation in the Food Stamp Program thus reducing hunger and food insecurity throughout San Diego County.

Serving Seniors
Senior Nutrition Program

Reduce the increasing incidence of hunger and anxiety among low-income seniors in the greater downtown San Diego area.

Vista Hill ParentCare Center
ParentCare Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Project

Improves accessibility and nutritional quality of emergency food supplies for low-income women who are recovering from chemical dependency, and for their children.

Barrio Logan College Institute
Soaring to Success

Provides academic enrichment through activities and support to middle school students with a focus on improved reading and math scores on a computer based program.

Elementary Institute of Science
Science & Technology Enrichment Programs

Bridge the gaps and fulfill the educational enrichment needs of children who lack science and technology related educational experiences and resources.

Fleet Science Center
PISCES, BE WiSE, and Robotics Projects

The goals for PISCES were: to reach additional classrooms with expanded scientific expertise and to conduct evaluation measures. The goals for BE WISE were: to expand the existing program including parent workshops. The goals for Robotics were to provide professional development programs for middle school teachers and their students with the Botball program and competition.

High Tech Middle Media Arts
Explorer Elementary: K-8 Collaborative Science Program

For the development of a collaborative science program that gives students in grades K-8, hands-on experience with science projects.

International Rescue Committee
First Things First Preschool Project

For an early education program for refugee mothers and their preschool children, designed to enhance the family’s literacy and potential for long-term educational success.

Los Peñasquitos Elementary School
Los Peñasquitos Academy Program

Helps extend the school year by three weeks and include an additional hour of reading and science each day for 150 students in an elementary school where underprivileged children are encouraged to prepare for college.

The AjA Project
Journey Program

Provides arts education to refugee and immigrant youth from Somalia, Sudan, Columbia, Southeast Asia, Afghanistan, and Iraq through the use of photography and story-telling.

Eveoke Dance Theater
Young Artists Program

Expand a program in which promising young amateurs supplement the work of professionals with the goal of fostering social action through arts education.

La Jolla Playhouse
Enriching Children’s Lives through Theater

Bring high-quality theater experiences to local schools, to give children the opportunity to write and perform their own plays and to provide theater training for teachers.

San Diego Museum of Art
Outreach and Family Festivals

Provides arts experiences in local neighborhoods for children and seniors through quarterly family festivals.

San Diego Opera
Pre-Opening Student Performances

Introduces younger audiences to a main-stage opera experience, particularly those in underserved and disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout San Diego County.

San Diego Symphony
Sounds Connections Project

For a two year series of the Young People’s Concerts consisting of three programs each year to explore the creative process and the relationship between orchestral music and other art forms.

Sushi Performance & Visual Art
Artists Advisory Board Showcase Concerts

Supports “The New Wave Showcase”, an annual program which mentors and presents the work of independent and emerging choreographers and performance artists from the San Diego and Tijuana regions.

Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association / San Diego Fire Recovery Network
Education and Volunteer Programs

For an alliance of agencies, conservation and community organizations, firefighters, and professional associations formed after the 2003 San Diego-area wildfires, to develop scientifically sound and appropriate messages about living in a fire-dominated landscape and reach a large segment of the population through volunteer activities and educational programs.

Living Coast Discovery Center
Coastal Resource Conservation Discovery Center

Increases awareness of the plight of the Green Sea Turtle, to provide an opportunity for the public to see these animals up close, and to promote coastal resource conservation through education.

Nature Collective
The San Elijo Lagoon Boardwalk Design and Interpretive Panels Program

Complete the design of a raised boardwalk with interpretive signage to protect sensitive habitat and increase public awareness.

Ocean Discovery Institute
Wetland Avengers Project

Engages the underserved community in wetlands restoration on the SD River and to engender life-long stewardship practices.

Tierra Miguel Foundation
Environmental Stewardship Program

Expand, design and implement agricultural education programs to improve the environmental health of San Diegans through its organic farm program. For K-4 grade.

Trust for Public Land
San Dieguito River Park Project

Assists in the purchase of San Dieguito River Park properties for permanent protection, providing critical wildlife habitat and river protection, and offering recreational and educational opportunities.

Alpha Project for the Homeless
Neil Good Day Center

Prepares homeless men and women to successfully integrate into the workforce through education and training.

Bronze Triangle Community Development Corporation (CDC)
Progressive Healthcare Career Development Project

Provides healthcare training, job placement, ongoing support services, and linkage to family economic success strategies to neighborhood residents.

San Diego Second Chance
Prisoner Re-Entry Employment Program (PREP)

Assists prisoners released into the San Diego community to find housing, jobs or medical help needed to successfully reintegrate.

Urban Corps of San Diego
Corps-to-Career Program

Addresses key needs related to high youth unemployment and high school drop outs among youths aged 18-25, by providing education, job training and placement assistance.

Walden Family Services
Employment Skills Development Program

Develops skills and work maturity to prepare foster youth ages 13-18 in San Diego County for adulthood and self-sufficiency.

Downtown El Cajon, Inc.
International Women’s Kitchen

Provides an opportunity for low-income, immigrant and refugee women living in El Cajon to learn business skills, achieve economic independence and engage in cross-cultural dialogue through a catering business.

Historic Barrio District CDC
New Generation of Leaders Program

Provides in-depth training, life skills, counseling, and stipends for Latina leaders at the Sherman Heights Community Center.

Monarch High School
Volunteer/Mentor Program

Increases the diversity and number of volunteers providing mentoring, tutoring and other volunteer support to homeless children at Monarch.

San Diego City Attorney’s Office
Mid-City Community Court

Improves public safety and neighborhood conditions in the Mid-City area by establishing a community court to address quality of life crimes.

Scripps Health
Rosa Parks Community Garden

Offers a learning environment where students can learn and which can serve as a means to nurture community spirit, community purpose, and cultural appreciation among the diverse populations in City Heights.

ANGELS Foster Family Agency
Healthy Families for Healthy Babies

Supports the placement of abused, neglected or abandoned babies and toddlers with healthy, nurturing foster families.

Partners for Community Access, Inc.
Special Deliveries Program

Increases access to prenatal care for low-income women in North San Diego County.

Planned Parenthood
STAR Program (Sisters Together Acting Responsibly)

Educational program for 11 and 12 year old girls to prevent teen pregnancy and gang involvement.

San Diego Youth and Community Services
Take Wing Transitional Housing Program

Provides living quarters and independent living skills training to homeless youth and teenage mothers.