Bank of America recently announced it has awarded $387,500 in economic mobility grants to 43 nonprofits working to increase basic needs, education and workforce development opportunities in the Inland Empire.
The Inland Empire is seeing steady economic growth with the expected addition of 46,600 new jobs in 2017, according to Dr. John Husing's most recent Inland Empire Quarterly Economic Report. However, parts of the region still struggle with poverty and 425,000 people in the region continue to seek assistance each month with basic needs such as food and shelter.
In addition, the educational attainment rate falls behind that of neighboring regions. Together it indicates a continuing need for a support infrastructure that provides basic resources and workforce development opportunities for people in need, Bank of America said.
The Inland Empire nonprofits receiving grants provide career readiness resources such as mentorship and skills training and offering financial education to families -- work that aligns with Bank of America's commitment to creating diverse paths to economic opportunity, said Al Arguello, Inland Empire market president of Bank of America.
"Connecting the underserved and underemployed to immediate basic needs provides a foundation from which people can build skills and pursue opportunities that offer economic stability," Arguello said. "By partnering with nonprofits like Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino, we hope to find sustainable ways to help people build better financial lives."
"Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino is thankful for the unwavering support of Bank of America, whose support is vital in our mission to alleviate hunger throughout the Inland Empire," said Stephanie Otero, president and CEO at Feeding
America Riverside | San Bernardino. "This generous gift from Bank of America will help provide food to the over 800,000 people in our community who struggle with hunger every day, meaning many of our neighbors won't have to choose between feeding their family and paying their bills."
Other organizations receiving grants include: Community Health Action Network, Moses House Ministries, Rim of the World Educational Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Inland Empire, Credit.org, Family Service Association, GRID Alternatives, Inland Empire Rescue Mission, Inspire Life Skills Training, Operation Safe House, Path of Life Ministries, THINK Together, The Arc of Riverside County, Voices for Children, Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass, Crafton Hills College Foundation, Idyllwild Help Center, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council, Goodwill Industries of Southern California, Arrowhead United Way, Children's Fund, Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County, Rewritten, Santa Claus, Inc., Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy, Youth Action Project, Child Advocates of San Bernardino County, Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs, Boys and Girls Club of Coachella Valley, Cove Communities Senior Association, Desert AIDS Project, FIND Food Bank, John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, Martha's Village and Kitchen, Soroptimist House of Hope, The Girlfriend Factor, Oak Grove Center, Safe Alternatives for Everyone, Bright Prospect, Foothill Family Shelter, Inland Empire United Way and Ontario-Montclair Schools Foundation.
Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC) received a grant in the amount of $7,500 to support its Food Bank operation, the largest provider of emergency food in San Bernardino County.
"Food is a necessity and no one should have to worry if they will have enough food to eat," said CAPSBC CEO Patricia L. Nickols-Butler. "Our Food Bank ensures individuals in need are connected to available resources. Bank of America supports CAPSBC's Food Bank not only with monetary grants, but they also have a corporate philosophy of giving back to the community through frequent employee volunteer participation at our Food Bank. We are honored to partner with Bank of America in alleviating poverty and building thriving communities."
The CAPSBC Food Bank program has been operating since 1984. Millions of pounds of food are provided each year at no charge to 175 non-profit organizations to serve the basic needs of San Bernardino County's low-income community. The Food Bank has provided more than 160 million pounds of food since its inception.