DANVILLE – The San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Foundation has awarded $28,850 in grants to 24 Bay Area non-profit agencies this year. Normally, these grants would be presented at the club’s annual Grants Breakfast ceremony in May at Round Hill Country Club. However the outbreak of COVID-19 has not yet been curtailed, so the event had to be cancelled.
Kiwanis of San Ramon Valley has awarded nearly $1,139,000 through their grants program since 1995. This year, grant amounts ranged from $500 to $2,000.
Recipients include: Ability Now Bay Area, Agape Villages Foster Family Agency, Assistance League of Amador Valley, Assistance League of Diablo Valley, Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Cancer Support Community, Canine Companions for Independence, Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County, Diablo Valley Quilters, Down Syndrome Connection, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties, Hope Hospice, Inc., I Can Do That! Performing Arts Center, Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa, Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, Mobility Matters, National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse, San Ramon Historic Foundation, SonRise Equestrian Foundation, Sunflower Hill, Teen Esteem, The Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Nayeli Faith Foundation and The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation.
Funds for the annual grants program are raised by the San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Foundation, primarily through the solicitation of sponsorships of last year’s very successful 4th of July e-Parade in Danville. Despite last year’s suspension due to COVID-19, the Kiwanis Club has been organizing and conducting marching parades in Danville since 1975. Grant applications are solicited in February of each year and awarded in May with an additional several thousand dollars held in reserve to provide emergency grants and fund additional Kiwanis community projects throughout the year.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service and community minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. More than 600,000 Kiwanis improve the world around them by addressing needs in their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Through these efforts, Kiwanis International truly is “Serving the Children of the World”.
Additional information about the Kiwanis Club of the San Ramon Valley may be obtained at their website. http://www.srvkiwanis.org. The club normally holds weekly luncheon meetings at noon every Thursday at Black Bear Diner in Danville, which are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. When lunches are resumed, all are welcome to join the club for a meeting and find out more about the organization.