Hacienda's Helping Hands awards grants to 4 nonprofit organizations

Helping Hands has distributed more than $150,000 to community service groups

Hacienda Helping Hands has awarded four grants to organizations providing local services.

They are Tri-Valley Haven, Childcare Links, Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation and Close-up Foundation.

Tri-Valley Haven was given a $5,000 grant to help pay for a commercial refrigerator in support of its food pantry programs.

Child Care Links was given a $2,000 grant in support of the organization’s new Diaper Bank.

Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation was given a $2,250 grant to provide underwriting for a special cancer caregiver seminar series.

Close-up Foundation was given a $2,100 grant to provide scholarship funding for local, low-income student participation in their program.

The grants were made through a Donor Advised Fund held by the East Bay Community Foundation.

"Hacienda Helping Hands is pleased to help make a difference by supporting these organization's great work," said James Paxson, Hacienda's general manager. "We specifically wanted to provide funding where we could help further the special projects being undertaken by groups that contribute to the community in key ways."

"Tri-Valley Haven is appreciative and relieved to be awarded help from Hacienda Helping Hands to purchase a new refrigerator," said Ann King, Tri-Valley Haven's executive Ddirector.

"We were really in a bind as two refrigerators at our food pantry stopped working recently," she added. "This is before our busiest time, the holiday season. During the holidays alone we will provide groceries to about 1,600 families, totaling over 4,000 individuals."

Laura Page, Child Care Link's Community Events and Outreach Coordinator, praised Hacienda Helping Hands for its support of the organization's diaper program.

"This generous contribution brings the total number of diapers raised by Child Care Links since Oct. 24 to 55,000 diapers," Page said. "The average child uses six diapers a day, which means an estimated 1,300 children will have a week’s supply of diapers to keep them clean, dry and healthy."

Sandra J. Wing, chief executive officer of the organization that bears her name, said the Helping Hands grant will help fund 2017 workshops that will cover cover a number of topics related to cancer patient care and care-giving. The workshops are offered free of charge.

"Typically, attendees at these workshops include cancer patients, their family and friends and caregivers," Wing said. "A cancer diagnosis impacts not only a cancer patient but all those in that person’s circle of influence."

The Close Up Foundation award will support local students participating in the organization's nationally-recognized civic education program, said Eleanor Vogelsang, the foundation's community relations manager.

Close Up's mission is to "inspire, engage and empower youth to be more active citizens in our democracy through week-long education programs in Washington, D.C.," Vogelsang said.

"The Hacienda Helping Hands donation will provide more students with an opportunity to participate in Close Up in April 2017 and return to the Tri-Valley area with the tools and skills needed to be life-long, active citizens," she added.

Over the last several years, Hacienda Helping Hands has distributed more than $150,000 to organizations in philanthropy These included Axis Community Health, Alameda County Community Food Bank, Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley, Buenas Vidas Youth Ranch, Open Heart Kitchen, La Familia, Sentinels of Freedom and Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center.

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