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Team members working on food bank distribution.

–The residents of San Luis Obispo County have shown their support to our most vulnerable populations through donations to the Disaster Support Fund at The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County. Those contributions, large and small, are having a positive impact for the community members that are facing the biggest challenges during this pandemic.

The foundation awarded $32,900 this week to four organizations that serve our most vulnerable populations with basic needs, including food, shelter, and transportation, and have a broad reach across San Luis Obispo County. Grantees include Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County for family and community support services; Center for Family Strengthening for their Promotores program supporting Hispanic communities; Peoples’ Self-Help Housing for financial assistance to low-income, homeless, seniors and veterans; and Transitions-Mental Health Association for mental health crisis counseling and to provide personal protective equipment to their staff and clients.

“Thanks to this grant, our Promotores, who are true heroes, will continue working with the community to provide the emotional support, resources and accurate information to one of our most vulnerable populations: the Latino and Mixteco community,” shared Erica Ruvalcaba-Heredia, Ed.D., Director of Programs at Center for Family Strengthening. “Promotores volunteers distribute food bags from the Food Bank to elderly people or other families who don’t have transportation. They are constantly checking in with families to provide emotional support during this difficult time.”

The Community Foundation will continue to award Disaster Support Fund rapid response grants to local nonprofits that serve our most vulnerable populations with grants ranging between $5,000 to $20,000. Community members can join friends and neighbors who have made this grant program possible by making a gift to the Disaster Support Fund at In an effort to maximize the impact of donations, the foundation is waiving all administrative fees associated with the fund.

For additional information on donating to the Disaster Relief Fund or how to work with The Community Foundation, contact Cassandra Wagner, Director of Grants and Programs, at or (805) 543-2323.


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