Community Food Bank
Since 1992 Community Food Bank has been the lifeblood of those valley residents that would otherwise go hungry in Fresno, Madera and Kings Counties.
Currently, serving 90,000 people every week and partnering with over 130 emergency pantries, they also help support shelters, senior centers, after school programs, and other non-profit organizations that have a heart to serve those in need.
Community Food Bank has five major programs that every month provide over a million of pounds of healthy and nutritious food for our neighbors in need. For every $1 donated to Community Food Bank they are able to provide $9 worth of food.
Assistance League of Fresno is an all-volunteer, national nonprofit organization helping people in need through community based philanthropic programs. We are dedicated to supporting the City of Fresno and its surrounding communities by volunteering services, donating financial aid, educating our membership and training future leaders in philanthropic endeavors.
The Fresno Chapter of Assistance League operates a resale store, the Assistance League Thrift Boutique to support its five programs: Operation School Bell®, Operation Bear Hug, Operation Gift Box, Dream Dress and Busy Hands.
One hundred percent of the funds received from the Home of Hope go towards Operation School Bell, our signature program. These funds provide new clothing and hygiene kits for K-6th elementary school children in need in Fresno County. Since the program’s inception in 1989, over 25,000 Fresno County school children have benefitted.
The Granville Home of Hope will help support the mission of Hinds Hospice, which is to uphold the dignity and ease the suffering of the terminally ill while supporting their loved ones, and those who are grieving. Established in 1981, Hinds Hospice serves the Fresno, Madera and Merced County areas with numerous hospice care services for patients of all ages and afflictions.
We care for patients regardless of their ability to pay and in 2014, our unreimbursed care is projected to total $1.6 million. Services include the Hinds Hospice Home, outpatient hospice services, a pediatric hospice program, a perinatal hospice and infant loss program (Angel Babies/Bebitos Angelitos), The Hinds Hospice Center for Grief and Healing, formal physician education, and several thrift stores.
Foundation for Clovis Schools
STUDENTS OF PROMISE
On each high school campus, there are students who face extreme obstacles that could easily affect their performance at school – but somehow they don’t let challenges get in their way. These are students who don’t expect to be rewarded for persevering through difficult times. They are “heroes in everyday life.” We call them “Students of Promise.”
The Foundation for Clovis Schools recognizes juniors in high school who are attending school on a regular basis, showing responsibility, and succeeding in school in spite of very challenging situations in their personal lives. Every student selected for recognition is eligible to receive a $1,500.00 scholarship once they graduate from high school and enroll in a four-year college, a community college or a technical school. To date more than $300,000 has been awarded to Students of Promise.
Some of the challenges that students have faced are: homelessness, foster care, abuse, critical illness, teen pregnancy, death of parents and more.
Each spring, at an “Academy-Award” style event, Students of Promise are recognized in front of parents, school faculty and administration and business leaders. A video is shown of students telling their stories and counselors and teachers sharing why the student s were nominated. As one long-time Foundation supporter commented, “As I listened to these young men and women tell their stories, my heart was breaking. But, at the same time, I was inspired. I am in awe that these young people are so wise, so caring and have such high hopes for the future. What am amazing program the Foundation has created. Bless all of you.”
As one Student of Promise said when accepting her award, “I never dreamed I would ever be recognized for anything. I was just doing what I needed to do and what was right. This makes me want to try even harder. I’m going to make you proud that you selected me for this award.”
Foundation for Sanger Schools
The Foundation for Sanger Schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports the students, teachers, and families of the Sanger Unified School District. It has served to bridge the gap in unpredictable and insufficient education funding from our state government. Thanks to the Granville Home of Hope fundraiser and other generous donors, the Foundation is able to preserve the programs and resources that are essential building blocks to our children's education and their future (ie: library books, supplemental instructional supplies, field trips, etc.). The Foundation for Sanger Schools has specifically reserved funds to provide holiday meals for Sanger families in need, teacher grants for the classroom, and scholarships for graduating Sanger High students.
Fresno Police Chaplaincy Program
“Partnering with law enforcement to bring hope to our community.”
(Stop Trafficking Exploitation And Liberate Through Hope)
Project STEALTH is an outreach program through the Fresno Police Chaplaincy (FPC) where trained Chaplains respond to calls for service, instead of police officers, for the purpose of offering long term solutions for at-risk youth. Mentors engage at-risk youth where they can be found; schools, homes, and in the streets with the following resources:
- Risk/Safety assessments
- Counseling and other referral services
- Education in the dangers of social media
Typically, police department chaplains provide support only at the time of crisis (death, accidents, violent crimes, domestic violence, etc.). The Fresno Police Chaplaincy is UNIQUE. Ours is the only known program that works long-term with at-risk youth and families. Project STEALTH is comprised of three separate programs (Domestic Violence, Youth Runaway and the School Resource Program) that interact together in providing support for at-risk youth. Mentor/Chaplains respond and continue to interact (weekly visits, counseling, trust building activities, monitoring school attendance, etc.) withat-riskyouth that are identified through these programs. FPC is a vital organization that is making a positive difference in the lives of at-risk youth and their families.
“Believing in the dignity of every person, at Poverello House we work to enrich the lives and spirits of all who pass our way by stewarding the resources made available to us through Providential and community support.”
Poverello House began as the vision of one man – founder Mike McGarvin. In 1973, “Papa Mike” as he is affectionately known, distributed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from the trunk of his car to the poor and homeless in the Chinatown section of Fresno. Today we provide a wide array of services than we did 42 years ago. The operation has grown to serve 1,200 meals a day, 365 days a year, provide shower and laundry facilities and numerous supportive services. The Holy Cross Clinic, located at Poverello House, provides medical and dental care on a daily basis. We have a dedicated staff, residents and countless volunteers who work tirelessly each day to serve meals and help those in need.
During this past year Poverello House provided 439,599 meals, 35,713 nights of shelter, 16,369 showers and 91 men were admitted to our Men’s Resident Rehabilitation Program. Every dollar we receive is crucial to support our daily mission to have a direct and meaningful impact on those we serve. Fresno continues to experience double digit unemployment rates and the negative effects of the drought. This leaves many families to continue to experience extreme poverty and struggle to provide for their basic needs. Through our numerous programs and services we are able to help make a difference in the lives of those we serve.
Thank you for supporting the Granville Home of Hope Program, 100% of the proceeds that Poverello House receives directly benefit the individuals and families who count on us for help. Providing hope…where there is despair.
Renaissance Scholars - Fresno State
The Renaissance Scholars Program was established to serve exceptional students attending Fresno State who experienced foster care or unaccompanied youth. The purpose of the program is to privide these students with resources, support and a nurturing educational environment that fosters growth and the ability to obtain a college degree.
Our principal goal is to provide a community of support where students feel they belong and can succeed and thrive.
- Provide a one-stop shop which offers services and referrals for current or former foster yourth, unaccompanied homeless youth, orphan youth and other independent your attending Fresno State.
- Provide Renaissance Scholars with a dedicated staff committed to developing meaningful relationships while offering guidance throughout college.
- Provide Renaissance Scholars with academic support to help students reach their academic goals and graduate with a college degree.
- Provide Renaissance Scholars with social support by engaging students in activities which increase their sense of belonging and develop personal growth.
- Provide Renaissance Scholars with postgraduate/career development skills and activities that cultivate professional growth and lead to successful careers.
- Provide Renaissance Scholars with activities that foster independent living skills.
- Provide Renaissance Scholars with activities that develop leadership skills and encourage students to take an active role in the community.
EPU Children’s Center
Located in Fresno, the EPU Children’s Center was founded in 1976 and serves children and families in all 6000 square miles of Fresno County. The mission of Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU) is to strengthen and empower children and families facing extraordinary medical, developmental and parenting challenges. The focus of our work is to help children with disabilities and other special needs become successful in life and to support their families along their journey. Our vision at EPU is that all children, regardless of where the come from, or what they have or do not have are loved and valued.
Six integrated community programs are operated out of the 40,000 EPU Children’s Center Campus located at First and Gettysburg. 800-1000 children and family members receive services at the EPU Children’s Center each week. EPU employs a fleet of 10 vans to pick up families that are not able to get to the Children’s Center on their own. In addition 20 home visitors provide home services to 140 homes each week.
Families living in rural communities like Firebaugh, Kerman and Mendota are particularly challenging to serve. These families are geographically and culturally isolated from any access to the speech, physical, or occupational their children need. Each Friday EPU sends its fleet of vans, a speech therapist and physical therapist out to pick up families on the west side and take them to the United Methodist Church in Firebaugh. EPU currently serves 66 children, 27 adults each Friday at this location.
All services are provided at no charge to the families. Without EPU’s transportation provided and home visitation these families would be completely isolated from the family services they so desperately need.