Invest in several non-profits addressing critical community needs, such as food insecurity and shelter for some of our most vulnerable community members. This investment will prevent further damage to the non-profit buildings, which, if not addressed, could result in greater issues down the line and their ability to serve those in our community who need assistance.
Higher education is important to many students but paying for college can be challenging. The Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship provides multi-year, higher education investments in the children of vineyard and winery workers based on academic excellence, financial need, and community involvement.
Expand and modernize Transitions-Mental Health Association’s (TMHA) 24/7 crisis and suicide hotline. Encompassing infrastructure, staff and technology, the project is a tiered approach to rapid expansion of quality services. Central Coast Hotline# (800) 783-0607
The Club provides character and leadership development, education and career development, the arts, health and life skills, sports, fitness, and recreation programming in the rural community of Creston. This collaboration allows Creston youth to connect with nationally recognized Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Increase capacity and access to the Boys & Girls Club which provides educational support, dropout prevention, and guidance for at-risk youth.
Impact: In 2012, from serving 100 youth in one location, they now serve 6,000 youth in fifteen locations, across 2 counties, after a strategic regional merger.
Invested to date: $1,201,569
- Boys and Girls Club in Shandon
- The Boys & Girls Project of North San Luis Obispo County - Atascadero Expansion
- The Boys & Girls Club Summer Expansion Program
- The Boys & Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo County
- Tom Maas Clubhouse at Boys and Girls Club
Increase access and availability of healthy meals, snacks and nutrition education program to residents in their own neighborhoods.
Impact: In 2013, 500 people were fed in the North County. By 2017, over 724,000 snacks and meals were served and over 170,000 lbs of fresh fruit and vegetables were sent home with children.
Invested to date: $267,334
- The Food Bank Coalition - Children's Farmers' Market Expansion
- The Food Bank Coalition's Childrens Programs (Real Food for Real Children)
Increase mentoring opportunities in the North County through investing in infrastructure, marketing and awareness.
Impact: In 2014, 3 children from the North County had a Big Brother or Big Sister. By 2017, over 60 were matched with a mentor, one of which was recognized as the California Big Brother of the Year.
Invested to date: $174,581
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County
Provide structured guidance to actively engage staff and Board of Directors to create a strategic plan to successfully scale and increase operations and program of advocacy for children in the North County.
Impact: In 2016, 60 children from the North County were being served. By 2020, over 775 children had been served through the program, with staff county-wide increasing the use of technology and data and the Board investing in infrastructure to support growth.
Invested to date: $312,650
- CASA - A Path to Sustainability
- CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) - Addressing The Needs Of North County
Increase operational efficiencies and client success rates and establish the Community Kitchen and Workforce Development Center. The COVID Community Response Project was a must! collaborative project between the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and ECHO to keep people housed during the pandemic.
Impact: In 2017, ECHO had one location with 50 beds and 6 full time staff with minimal programming. Today there are two year-round locations, 18 full time staff with 120 beds and robust supplemental programs. Averaging between 100-150 people housed annually with a success rate of over 60% of program participants finding permanent housing.
Invested to date: $1,135,000
- COVID Community Response Project
- A Community Kitchen at El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) ~REVISED!!~
- El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO)
Expand Camino Scholars' site-based learning program in the north county by launching a site in Templeton at the Rolling Hills Apartment Complex.
Impact: Launched the first of its kind programming in Templeton that supports educational growth and enrichment for low-income families. In addition to academic focus, invest in enrichment opportunities such as day camps, excursions, and field trips that these kids would not otherwise have access to.
Invested to date: $251,947
- Camino Scholars at Rolling Hills Apartments