Local organization awarded $14K | TheUnion.com

Local organization awarded $14K

SACRAMENTO — Sierra Health Foundation awarded 36 grants totaling $500,000 in this year’s Responsive Grants Program. The grants, up to $15,000, will support programs that improve health and well-being in the foundation’s Northern California funding region, which consists of 26 counties.

“Through the Responsive Grants Program, nonprofits can accelerate their efforts on behalf of children, youth, isolated seniors, homeless individuals and families in need,” said Chet P. Hewitt, President and CEO, Sierra Health Foundation. “In addition to direct services, this program funds activities that empower people to bring about systems and policy changes needed to achieve and sustain health equity.”

Since launching the Responsive Grants Program in 2008, the foundation has awarded 348 grants totaling approximately $7 million. Over the years, the grants have supported telehealth projects, community radio programs broadcasting health promotion messages, school gardens, and myriad other activities that strengthen communities, reduce health disparities and improve health and wellbeing. This year is no different, with projects on youth mentoring, prisoner re-entry, refugee integration, tribal elder support as well as other important services.

In western Nevada County, Welcome Home Vets was awarded $14,565 for mental health/education, for designing and developing a curriculum for family education classes and providing support group sessions and psychotherapy services.

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