California Kindness Project
Farmer John Awards $100,000 to California Non-profitsAfter receiving 126 applications from charities and organizations in the Golden State, Farmer John carefully selected the following 10 organizations to receive grants ranging from $3,000 to $25,000, a total of $100,000 in financial support:
A Future Superhero and Friends
Long Beach, CA
A Future Superhero and Friends’ mission is to provide essential supportive services, emergency services and diversion to the underserved, helping them return to stable, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Their vision: improve the quality of life and restore the dignity of the people they serve by meeting their needs and creating hope through the demonstration of love.
The Farmer John California Kindness Project grant will help fund A Future Superhero and Friends with: action-packed visits to veterans; art healing workshops for seniors and skid row’s houseless at Gladys Park; movie nights for families whose children are battling illnesses or have special needs or a disability; and the California Superhero Tour—children who have special needs, are battling an illness or have a disability receive toys, coloring books and art kits from a costumed “superhero.”
Alliance for Community Transformations Ethos Youth Center
The Alliance for Community Transformations Ethos Youth Center provides responsive and preventative services to individuals and families, working through partnerships and collective action to create safe, healthy and socially just communities where every member thrives. The Ethos Youth Center acts as a drop-in safe space where at-risk youth in the community can connect with positive adult role models and receive services and support to meet their basic needs.
The Farmer John California Kindness Project grant will allow the Ethos Youth Center to offer nutrition and cooking classes to the community’s at-risk youth on a weekly basis so they have a solid foundation for healthy meals. It will also prepare youth to live on their own, eat healthily on a budget and gain the skills they need to enter the workforce within the food industry.
America SCORES Bay Area
San Francisco, CA
America SCORES Bay Area is an out-of-school-time program that supports whole child development through the teamwork of soccer, the creativity of poetry and the compassion of service learning. Their mission—empower children to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged and collaborative, and have the confidence and character it takes to make a difference in the world.
Each spring, SCORES poet athletes get to take the lead in SCORES, becoming agents of change in their community through service-learning projects. These projects help students develop empathy while promoting skills such as leadership, creative problem solving and active listening. The Farmer John California Kindness Project grant will help support SCORES’s service-learning projects in Hayward, Oakland, San Francisco and San Rafael, giving approximately 1,800 youth the skills and experience necessary to become changemakers in their communities and beyond.
Cancer Support Community South Bay
Los Angeles, CA
With any cancer diagnosis come feelings of hopelessness and social isolation. It’s the mission of the Cancer Support Community South Bay to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community, so that no one faces cancer alone. For 35 years, this non-profit has provided psychosocial and emotional support to over 24,000 cancer patients and their loved ones. They offer over 200 programs, services, classes and workshops per month, all completely free of charge.
The Farmer John California Kindness Project grant will help fund CSC South Bay’s project titled “Emotional and Educational Support for Kids and Teens Impacted by Cancer.” Through peer-to-peer, age-appropriate support, bereavement groups, individual and family therapy sessions and a variety of fun activities and counseling, the project will assist children ages 5-18 through this difficult journey.
Capital Storytelling’s mission is to empower individuals by teaching them how to tell their own true stories and foster empathy, compassion and connection among those living in Sacramento. The organization is committed to diversity and inclusivity, ensuring that all of Sacramento’s stories are heard, believing that real social change happens when we listen to one another’s stories. Workshops and classes are offered throughout the year to train the community in compassionate and compelling personal storytelling.
The Farmer John California Kindness grant will help fund the non-profit’s Immigrant Storytelling Project—a plan that focuses on the voices of immigrants and will help amplify their stories in the Sacramento community. The project will span from January-October 2023. During this time, Capital Storytelling will host five storytelling workshops in immigrant communities throughout Sacramento. The public will have the opportunity to come together to listen to these stories, which will foster understanding, empathy and compassion while connecting people across different backgrounds and walks of life.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
CASA organizes the community to take action and advocate for children and families in Sacramento’s overburdened child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Through an intentional, restorative and culturally relevant lens, they train committed, consistent and caring adults who provide equitable access to resources and life-affirming connections.
It costs $2,500 to match a child in foster care with an adult volunteer who is appointed by the court and provides one-on-one advocacy and mentoring for at least 18 months or longer, if needed. The grant from the Farmer John California Kindness Project will provide additional CASA volunteers for youth in foster care who have been waiting for a friend, mentor and voice in court.
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara, CA
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is ending hunger and transforming the health of Santa Barbara County through good nutrition. This non-profit serves the community as a leader and expert in improving the nutritional health of their county through increased food security. Millions of pounds of healthy food are distributed each year to people in the community who need it most.
Since the pandemic began, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has had to dramatically increase the scope of their services and fill the gaps for many other charities in the area that have closed. To meet the demand, they began raising funds to renovate and move into their new warehouse known as the “Sharehouse”—a place to share food, share education and share hope. The Farmer John California Kindness Project grant will help support their new “Sharehouse” campaign.
Momentum WORK, Inc.
Momentum WORK, Inc., is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities by providing access to innovative services that support personal and professional growth. For 54 years, the organization has been committed to being leaders in practicing person-centered services that maximize employability, independence and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities. It supports individuals using a person-centered approach that enables people to realize their dreams and set goals to accomplish them.
The Farmer John California Kindness Project grant will help directly support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities served in Santa Barbara County by helping improve their overall health and well-being. It will also help increase access to community-integrated activities and supplies at their arts program, Santa Barbara Art Works, as well as provide aid for adapted sports and strength training equipment, yoga and aerobic classes, preventative health screenings, healthy eating initiatives and mental health resources for their day program locations.
San Mateo County Health Foundation
San Mateo, CA
For over 30 years, San Mateo County Health Foundation (SMCHF) has provided healthcare access for citizens of San Mateo County. SMCHF exists to promote and champion the health and well-being of all residents of their community, regardless of ability to pay, primarily through supporting excellence and innovation in the county’s hospital and clinic system.
The Farmer John California Kindness Project grant will assist San Mateo County Health Foundation with their Food Boxes for Food-Insecure Families—a program that donates a one-week supply of locally sourced eggs, veggies, fruits and proteins to food-insecure families. SMCHF plans to use the grant funds to purchase a walk-in cooler that will help keep the food boxes intact and let perishables stay fresher longer. The walk-in cooler will also allow them to expand their program and deliver more than one day a week.
St. Francis Center
Los Angeles, CA
Since 1972, St. Francis Center has provided relief and support to homeless and extremely low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles. Much more than a soup kitchen or a food pantry, they offer a unique range of services to sustain and empower those in need in Los Angeles. Welcoming all with joy, dignity and compassion, the non-profit is dedicated to serving hope every day in their community.
SFC’s comprehensive programs aim to improve the health and stability of their surrounding community, which is among the most impoverished in LA. Guests who utilize any of their programs are directed to resources that can assist with health and human service needs, which reduces stress and increases awareness of opportunities for impoverished guests. Achieving this leads to less homelessness and a greater likelihood for families and individuals to improve their situation. The Farmer John California Kindness Project grant will allow St. Francis Center to continue their hunger-relief and supportive services.