The Community Foundation of San Joaquin County recently awarded $304,000 from its community health fund to 16 nonprofit organizations.

This is the second year that the foundation has offered grants and the first year grants from the Brian M. Stocker Fund has been awarded. Each year the foundation looks to support local groups throughout the region. They are the largest philanthropic organization providing funds for many institutions that play an integral role in the community, such as the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton which was awarded $45,000.

The 2-1-1 San Joaquin program was granted $45,000, which is used by the nonprofit to provide shelter, health screenings, food, child care, and legal services.

The Stocker Fund is aimed at engaging the youths of San Joaquin County to be active by supporting recreational programs. This year the recipient of the grant was First Tee of San Joaquin. Don Miller, the executive director of The First Tee of San Joaquin, expressed sincere gratitude for the $20,000 contribution, as it will offer golfing opportunities to children from low-income families. The Lodi Junior Giants ($10,000) and Lodi Boosters of Boys and Girls Sports ($5,000) were both awarded grants, which are both groups that are involved with Lodi’s youth and helping get kids active and involved in sports.

Other grant recipients included HealthForce Partners ($45,000), Family Resources and Referral Center ($45,000), San Joaquin Medical Society ($20,000), Peer Health Exchange ($26,500), St. Joseph’s Foundation ($25,000), St. Mary’s Dining Room ($2,500), Aspire Public Schools ($20,000), Positive Coaching Alliance ($20,000), Special Olympics Northern California ($10,000), Stockton Rowing Club ($5,000) and Delta Health Care ($5,000).

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