The San Diego Women’s Foundation’s (SDWF) Annual Grants Celebration was one of the most inspirational nights of the year. Over 220 people came together for the event, which was held at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall and celebrated the newest Developing Employment Readiness Community Partners, as well as SDWF surpassing $3 million in total granting since SDWF’s inception in 2000. A total of $184,000 was awarded to the grant recipients, who will use the money for programs that provide career-specific education, training or work experiences that increase access to San Diego’s labor market and the prospect of long-term financial self-sufficiency, an area of focus that impacts San Diego communities immediately, as well as for generations to come.
The non-profit organizations were selected through a thorough vetting process and a final vote by all 215 SDWF members. They are:
· Center for Employment Opportunities: Reentry to Employment: Training & Certification
· Kitchens for Good: Project Launch – Culinary Job Training
· MiraCosta College Foundation: Machinist Technology Program
· National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR): NFAR Tech
· Vista Community Clinic: Training Low-Income Residents to Become Medical Assistants