Community Enrichment Fund Grants

The Community Enrichment Fund (CEF) was created to allow the Junior League of Oakland East-Bay Inc. (JLOEB) to contribute to the financial needs of community agencies located in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Grants will be awarded in April 2013. Community Agencies are eligible to apply for and receive a Grant once a year, during JLOEB's fiscal year, running from June 1st through May 31st. Typically, we try to focus our grant giving to agencies that match our mission of helping Family Self-Sufficiency in our immediate communities--with the emphasis on clothing, food, housing and jobs.

CEF grants are funded annually by distributions from the Maridel M. Moulton Sustainability Fund. All qualified 501(c)3 agencies in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties are invited to apply for a grant. Submissions are evaluated and selected by members of the Community Programs Council. Semifinalists are subject to both a telephone interview and site visit. The Board of Directors approves the final grant recipients and grant amount awarded.

JLOEB is accepting applications from organizations interested Community Enrichment Grants. The CEF grant application deadline is October 31, 2013. 

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2010-2011 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Building Futures with Women and Children
Building Futures help women and children in crisis become safely and supportively housed, free from homelessness and family violence.  This grant provides program support to children programs in the evening at the Alameda shelters.  This program creates fun, stress free evenings for the children in their shelters, an opportunity for respite for the mothers and a training opportunity for the mothers on parenting skills.

CALICO
Children that are involved in physical or sexual abuse investigations can be brought to CALICO  and interviewed by a trained specialist while being videotaped so that the children do not have to be repeatedly interviewed by various people.  This grant funded an appreciation lunch for law enforcement and social workers in this area to raise awareness about CALICO services.  Pleased to announce that a four-year child in a sexual abuse case was referred to CALICO services because of this luncheon that just took place last month.  The child will go through the system in a much kinder manner and her mother will get resources to help her and her child  better manage this very difficult time in their lives.

Lincoln Child Center
Lincoln's Programs and Services are designed to provide a continuum of care for at-risk children and families but a large portion of their children are in the foster care system.  A large number of kids are facing truancy issues because they have no way of getting to school and are Lincoln Child Center places them in their School Engagement program.  The grant funded youth bus passes for the kids to have a way to get to school every day.

Reins in Motion
A therapeutic horse riding program focused on children with with special needs such as autism, developmental delays, grief stricken, cancer, burn victims and other health issues facing our area children. They also provide riding services for campers attending Camp Arroyo in Livermore.  The grant funded a specialty made saddle that was wider to allow children that did not have the core strength to sit on traditional saddles to be able to ride the horse for therapy.  This will allow them to expand their services to children that would otherwise not have been able to ride. 

2009-2010 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Bay Area Rescue Mission - $7,500 Anniversary Grant
The Rescue Mission has served the Bay Area's homeless, hurting, and poor for 45.  Our grant will support extended hours for the Youth Intervention and Outreach Program.  This is an optional after school and summer program targeting at risk youth, who are guests at the shelter, as well as those that live in the community. The program identifies and addresses barriers that the youth face, and provides a safe place of support where academic success, as well as physical, social, and psychological development can be achieved. 

Tri-Valley Haven - $3,000
This organization serves adults and children who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or homelessness.  Our grant will provide supplies and support for a new summer school program for children living in one of the Tri-Valley Haven shelters. 

Oakland Zoo - $3,000
The Zoo to Community Program provides students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience animals or zoo access in the classroom.  The program presents science curriculum in schools and allows students to handle and learn with live animals.  

The Moment by Moment Foundation - $1,000.
This organization brings together professional photographers throughout California to capture images of children with potential life limiting illnesses.  At no time is the family, hospital, or hospice every charged for the photographer's time, the prints or their delivery.  

2008-2009 GRANT RECIPIENTS

During the 2008-2009 League Year, we awarded a total of $12,000 in grant money to the following organizations.

Girls, Incorporatedof the Island City in Alameda is a local member organization of a national nonprofit dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold sm. Girls Inc., recognizes that gender stereotyping still limits girls' potential, and challenge girls to ask questions about themselves and the world in wh ich they live. Their programs are designed to be hands-on and interactive in order to encourage each girl to take risks and gain a sense of her own power and strength.  Our grant of $5,000 will help Girls, Inc. purchase a minibus which will allow them to expand their existing reach from three Alameda schools to four additional Alameda schools.  

The Crucible in Oakland is a non-profit educational facility that fosters a collaboration of Arts, Industry and Community. Through training in the fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials, and innovative design while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public.  Local youth participate in Bike Fix-a-thons, Earn-a -Bike programs and Frame Alteration workshops.   This experience often results in the youth expanding their exposure at the Crucible to the industrial arts which provide for valuable trade skills, creativity and confidence.  Our $3,000 grant will purchase a two-person work “island” which includes tools used in the bike programs.

Donald P. McCullum Youth Court in Oakland offers youth offenders a second chance through restorative justice, peer accountability, and empowering opportunities.  The Youth Court engages all youth, especially those at risk for entering the juvenile justice system, in expansive experiences related to law and justice with the aim of changing young lives and impacting communities.  Our $4,000 grant will assist their Focus on Justice (FOJ) program for 7th and 8th graders. These students engage in research on peers in their community with topics ranging from Gang Violence to Relationship Abuse.

2006-2007 GRANT RECIPIENTS


During the 2006-2007 League year, we awarded the following four organizations grants each in the amount of $4,000. Each provided much needed services to underserved children in our community.

Community Violence Solutions (CVS) is dedicated to working in partnership with the community to end sexual assault and family violence through prevention, crisis services, and treatment. Formerly called the Rape Crisis Center, CVS has been in existence since 1974 and provides services to residents throughout Contra Costa and Marin Counties.

Oakland Youth Orchestra (OYO)
was founded in 1964 as the educational arm of the Oakland Symphony, is recognized as an important musical organization in the Oakland and San Francisco Bay area. Consisting of seventy-five talented music students age 12 to 22, OYO maintains a commitment to cultural exchange, and has toured throughout the world. Our grant will provide scholarships for underprivileged students, enabling them to take lessons and perform with this esteemed orchestra.

Volunteer and Emergency Services Team in Action (VESTIA, Inc.) is a non-profit organization composed completely of volunteers responsible for raising money and obtaining donations to provide supplemental support to Employment and Human Services Department clients when no other resources are available. Our grant will help fund The Life Enhancement Program, which responds to unique requests from social workers throughout Contra Costa County and fulfills various needs that the children require. The requests vary from the simple to the complex, but they are always for items not covered by other funding sources or programs. VESTIA also operates many other programs such as Holiday Helpers Warehouse, Angel Tree, Project Ready to Learn and food pantries.