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    Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation Awards $670,000 In Grant Funding To Local Non-Profits

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    The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $670,000 to 16 local non-profit organizations providing remote and in-person services to youth and adolescents during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Grants ranged from $10,000 to $85,000, and were allocated as follows:

     

    • $25,000 to Assistance League of Conejo Valley for the purchase of clothing and shoes at Burlington and JC Penney for students, plus eye exams and glasses
    • $30,000 to Band of Parents to continue clinical trials for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s neuroblastoma vaccine
    • $75,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo for Project Learn programming, including reading, music, technology, and interpersonal skills, to boost learning and counteract “brain drain” during the ongoing pandemic and ensuing social isolation
    • $75,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley to intensify staff training and restructure delivery of services; programming for youth to increase their resilience to trauma and improve self-esteem, social functioning, and life skills
    • $85,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme to provide academic support via academic cohorts; homework assistance; individual learning plans; specialized tutoring; individual and group sessions regarding mental health; art therapy, leadership development, and substance abuse prevention
    • $45,000 to CAREGIVERS: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly for matching a teen volunteer with a senior to assist with indoor and outdoor home maintenance, lawn mowing, window washing, vacuuming, laundry, and home organization
    • $40,000 to CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) to support a Juvenile Justice Program Manager, a part-time Case Supervisor, and their new Juvenile Justice Advocacy Program assisting juvenile offenders through the justice system
    • $50,000 to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to support continuing research for a combination immunotherapy for childhood brain cancer
    • $25,000 to City Impact, Inc., for mentoring, case management, support services, therapeutic counseling, and school-based social/emotional services for 1,500 at-risk/high-risk children with behavioral challenges and/or developmental issues
    • $45,000 to Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation for new adjustable bassinettes and cribettes with digital monitors for infant resuscitation at Community Memorial Hospital
    • $25,000 to Future Leaders of America, Inc., to promote college culture to low-income, first-generation freshman and sophomore students through the Youth Leadership Conference, university tours, financial aid application assistance, and student mentors
    • $10,000 to Hospice of the Conejo for a therapist to assist grieving youth; staff for the VolunTEEN program placing volunteers in patient’s homes and assisted living facilities to sing songs, play board games, write cards and letters, and interact with patients
    • $25,000 to No Limits for Deaf Children and Families for individual auditory, speech, and language therapy; parent advocacy, academics, literacy and audiology during three 10-week sessions at the No Limits Oxnard Educational Center
    • $50,000 to One Step A La Vez for services at their free, drop-in teen resource center in Fillmore, the Juvenile Facilities, the LGBT support group in Santa Paula, and the anti-bullying club at Fillmore High School; daily meals, recreation, educational field trips, youth development programming, and life skills training
    • $15,000 to Step Up Ventura, Inc., to recruit, train and coach volunteers to read twice a week to children impacted by homelessness to promote pre-literacy activities, increase language and cognitive reasoning skills, and support healthy social, emotional, and behavioral development
    • $50,000 to Westminster Free Clinic to fund 200 Spanish-speaking, low-income students as they become part of a medical team providing free health services to the working poor uninsured; provide training, mentoring, hands-on medical assistant experience in a clinical setting to prepare them to take the Medical Assistant State Certification Test

    Grants are awarded in the spring and fall of each year.  The deadline for letters of interest for Fall 2022 grants is September 30, 2022.  For more information about the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation, including instructions on how to apply for a grant, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.samuelssonfoundation.org.

    The Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation was established in 2005 upon the death of Harriet H. Samuelsson, an Oxnard philanthropist, at age 96.  The Foundation awards over $1 million in grants each year to organizations providing services for the health, education, guidance, or welfare of children under the age of 18 residing in Ventura County, or to organizations conducting cancer research.


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