More than $120,000 given to provide shelter and food assistance to the region’s most vulnerable
SDG&E recently awarded grants to eight local non-profit organizations that provide assistance to homeless men, women and children living in San Diego County. The grants will help fund programs that provide safe shelter and food assistance to the area’s homeless population, as well as one organization that works to shape public policy.
“At SDG&E, we are committed to the safety and well-being of every member of our San Diego community,” said Mitch Mitchell, SDG&E vice president of state governmental affairs and external affairs. “By supporting the organizations that are protecting and providing essential care to our region’s most vulnerable populations, we can aid them in their efforts to improve the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by homelessness.”
The largest single grant awarded was $75,000 to the Lucky Duck Foundation, to support the organization’s outreach projects, which include three tent shelters that provide up to 700 residents with housing for as long as 120 days while they look for permanent lodging. SDG&E grants will also support the following organizations and projects:
- San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless: Providing essential data and insights on the issue of homelessness to help inform and shape public policy.
- East County Transitional Living Center : Emergency shelter for families with children in San Diego’s East County.
- Catholic Charities of the Diocese of San Diego: Rachel’s Women Center, a day center that provides a safe, supportive environment for women to find the resources and tools to change their lives.
- Fourth District Seniors Resource Center: Daily lunch service for seniors to ensure those in need have access to healthy, nutritious meals.
- Hearts and Hands Working Together: Monthly food distribution for 500+ families in San Ysidro.
- Mama’s Kitchen: Mama’s Pantry Service provides groceries to women, men and children who are vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer or other critical illnesses.
- St. Vincent de Paul Village: Food assistance programs that serve 1 million meals to people living on the streets each year.
The grants to these organizations are representative of SDG&E’s commitment to better the communities that rely on SDG&E for clean, safe and reliable energy every day. In 2017, SDG&E’s charitable giving totaled more than $6 million in shareholder funds, with more than 72 percent of it supporting programs in diverse and underserved communities.
SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The company is committed to creating a sustainable future by delivering 43 percent of its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information, visit SDGEnews.com or connect with SDG&E on Twitter (@SDGE), Instagram (@SDGE) and Facebook.