The annual Pomona College Year-End Charitable Giving Campaign, running from Dec. 19, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019, is an opportunity for the college's faculty and staff to come together and have an impact on the neighborhood around us.
Faculty and staff support the Charitable Giving Campaign and give generously for a variety of reasons. Some are responding to the increasing need for assisting the most vulnerable in society and for serving those less fortunate. Others see these local organizations and charities as performing crucial public service and consider supporting them a civic duty and responsibility.
Below, we are providing links for you to give directly to a selection of organizations, and each charitable group will be notified that our Pomona community is supporting them this way.
If you have any questions, please contact Alexandra Rodriguez in the Office of the President at (909) 607-9201. As always, thank you for your generosity!
Claremont After-School Programs (CLASP)
The mission of Claremont After-School Programs (CLASP) is to help children enhance their academic, organizational, and social skills by providing quality after-school programs in Claremont Unified School District neighborhoods. In its five neighborhood centers, CLASP provides safe, fun, friendly, and supportive settings for academically at-risk children from all of Claremont’s elementary schools so that they may gain the academic guidance and personal mentoring they need to be successful in school and in life.
The programs offer homework help and tutoring, recreational activities, healthy snacks, field trips, family meetings, and celebrations. For children at four centers, transportation is also provided from school to center to home.
CLASP students are tutored and mentored by caring high school students, college students, and community members- and inter-generational team of supporting volunteers!
CLASP is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that collaborates with the City of Claremont and Claremont Unified School District as well as local businesses, nonprofits, and regional foundations. Local individual donors contribute 45% of CLASP’s budget.
Claremont Educational Foundation
The Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1991, and serves as a funding partner to the Claremont Unified School District (CUSD). Through a variety of fundraising efforts, CEF is been able to help maintain art and music instruction in the elementary schools, and technology advancements in both the middle and high schools. In addition, CEF awards Teacher Innovation grants to teachers striving to bring innovative ideas into their classrooms, as well as Community Partnership grants to other local nonprofits who provide instructional support to our students. It is through the generosity of our donors that CEF is able to maintain the educational experience we have come to expect in Claremont. A member of the California Consortium of Education Foundations, the Board of Directors is composed of business and community leaders, parents and district staff who together carry out the mission of CEF, "To protect and enrich quality public education in Claremont through community involvement".
Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program
Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP) is a grassroots, all-volunteer group that seeks to end homelessness in Claremont by advocating for and supporting homeless adult individuals within the community. CHAP provides a variety of services to the 50-plus homeless adults who reside in Claremont, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless, but its primary goal is to secure sustainable housing for these individuals.
The first step in accomplishing this goal is to match up all of the individuals ("participants") seeking aid from CHAP with two volunteer mentors ("advocates"). Advocates, who meet with their participants at least once a week but are available 24/7 for emergencies, provide individualized practical support to address the specific issues that prevent participants from having homes of their own.
Foothill AIDS Project
The mission of Foothill AIDS Project (FAP) is to improve the lives of those affected by or at risk for HIV/AIDS through comprehensive medical case management and support services; to help prevent HIV infection though education and outreach; and to provide housing services to all people at risk of homelessness in our service area, an expansive territory of nearly 20,000 square miles that encompasses diverse urban, suburban, and rural desert communities. Throughout much of this region, FAP is one of the only service options for people in need. In 1987, the year of its founding, FAP provided food, transportation, and housing assistance to 60 people in need. Today, FAP serves more than 1,500 men, women, and youth in three counties: San Bernardino, Riverside, and Los Angeles.
Fremont Academy of Engineering and Design
Fremont Academy of Engineering and Design was restructured from a middle school to become a comprehensive public-school serving students from grades 7 through 12. Fremont Academy of Engineering and Design provides a focus on learning that is project-based, cross-curricular, and based on students working together to solve problems. The first high school graduates of the Fremont Academy of Engineering and Design was the Class of 2014.
Fremont is a diverse school serving approximately 770 students in 7th through 12th grades. 39% of students are English Language Learners. Special education students comprise 12% of our total population, and 96% of students qualify as low income through participation in the National School Lunch Program. Fremont serves a population that is 94% Hispanic, 3% Asian American, 2% African American, and 1% White.
Donations can be made by check, written to “Fremont Academy gifts & donations,” and mailed to:
Fremont Academy of Engineering & Design
725 W. Franklin Ave.
Pomona, CA 91766
House of Ruth
House of Ruth’s mission is to advocate for and assist women victimized by domestic violence and children exposed to violence. The organizations goal is to transform their lives by providing culturally competent shelter, programs, opportunities and education; and to contribute to social change through intervention, education, prevention programs and community awareness. House of Ruth serves the areas of eastern Los Angeles County and western San Bernardino County.
A broad range of services are offered, all free of charge, including the 13 core services required of every domestic violence agency in California that receives state funding: 24-hour crisis line; emergency shelter; individual counseling; group counseling; children’s programs; an outreach office; legal assistance with Temporary Restraining Orders; emergency food and clothing; emergency response to calls from law enforcement and hospital emergency rooms; emergency transportation to shelter and other safe locations; counseling for children of domestic violence victims; and legal and social services advocacy.
Inland Empire United Way
Inland Empire United Way (IEUW) is committed to improving the lives and futures of children and families in need by investing in Education, Health, and Financial Stability. By partnering with a network of local nonprofit organizations and operating several internal programs, United Way delivers critical services to our community, connects individuals in crisis with needed resources through 2-1-1, and increases the power of local charities by providing dedicated Volunteers. Whether it is food for hungry children, financial assistance for families in poverty or medical care for sick kids, IEUW's programs are designed to make long-lasting and positive changes in the lives of children, families, and individuals in need in the Inland Empire. For more information, please visit our website at www.ieuw.org.
Our Service Area includes: Palo Verde, Blythe, Ripley, Calimesa, Claremont, La Verne, Mt. Baldy, Diamond Bar, Pomona, Phillips Ranch, San Dimas, Walnut, Alta Loma, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, Chino Hills, Etiwanda, Guasti, Ontario, Montclair, Upland, Angelus Oaks, Bryn Mawr, Fontana, Forest Falls, East Highland, portions of Loma Linda, Lytle Creek, Mentone, Redlands, and Yucaipa.
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
The mission of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is to provide convenient and affordable access to a comprehensive range of quality reproductive health care and sexual health information, through patient services, education and advocacy.
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles believes that women, men and teens should have access to the information and services they need to make informed and healthy decisions about sex and reproduction. Our three-pronged approach of combining reproductive health care, education programs and advocacy has been critical to our success for 45 years.
As the county's largest private provider of reproductive health care, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles serves more than 120,000 people annually through 18 health centers and a Clinic Without Walls program. We reach another 72,000 students, parents and other community members through our education programs. Planned Parenthood Los Angeles has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator – the highest possible rating.
Pomona Hope is a community-driven, faith-based non-profit whose local partnerships and holistic programs cultivate meaningful relationships and empower people of all backgrounds, particularly at-risk youth and their families, to work together toward personal and community transformation.
Our programs include K-12 After-School and Summer Enrichment Programs, a Parent Support Group and a Community Garden. A majority of students who start with us in early elementary school stay with us throughout high school; all of our high school seniors, our largest senior class ever, will graduate and are on the path to attend college.
We have a 30% year-over-year volunteer retention rate, creating long-term bonds between students and adult mentors. We have positive relationships with a majority of the student’s parents and those parents in the support group have been making beneficial life changes, including expanded language acquisition, improved parenting techniques, and achieved career goals.
At Center Street Community Garden, plot holders offer $5 per month for seeds, water, and instruction. In addition to saving money on weekly groceries, the garden is an opportunity for families to obtain fresh fruits and vegetables in a food desert, a weekly opportunity for our young people to explore the great outdoors, and a place of discovery, where four different local colleges and universities conduct research. The heartbeat behind all of Pomona Hope's programming is an abiding sense of community.
Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity
Pomona Valley HFH is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.
Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor - "sweat equity" - into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.
We proudly serve the communities of Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Covina, Diamond Bar, Glendora, La Puente, La Verne, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, Upland, Walnut and West Covina. Currently, we have new home construction projects taking place in Glendora and expect to be working in Covina by next spring.
Priceless Pet Rescue
Priceless Pet Rescue is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping the killing of adoptable dogs and cats. Priceless Pets is leading the no-kill movement by energizing the public and maintaining comprehensive, innovative, life-saving programs designed to save the animals most likely to be euthanized in shelters. In 2007, Priceless Pets embarked on the mission of saving one by one until there are none.
Starting as a foster based rescue, Priceless Pets has grown over the years and now operates out of two storefront adoption centers known as “The Orphanage.” We are dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats left homeless for whatever reason – dogs/cats in public shelters where they are at high risk of euthanasia due to pet overpopulation, pets that are given up by their owners because of difficult circumstances, and those in danger of abuse or neglect.
We have locations in Claremont and Chino Hills. We operate out of storefront adoption centers known as The Orphanage. We operate solely from public support including grants, sponsorships, and individual contributions. We do not currently receive any funding from government entities or national humane organizations.
Shoes That Fit
The mission of Shoes That Fit is to provide new shoes to children in need for school. We help children in need by providing them with new shoes and clothes so that they can attend school in comfort and with dignity. New clothing items that are appropriate for school help these children fit in, allowing them to concentrate on their studies rather than their circumstances.
Today, the employees at our national headquarters in Claremont, California manage volunteer coordinators nationwide who run programs in hundreds of schools across the U.S. We provide items through over 1,200 elementary schools in 35 states. To date, more than 860,000 new pairs of shoes and clothing items have been delivered directly to schoolchildren in need. In each of the past 3 years, over 100,000 items were provided to children in need through Shoes That Fit.
Veterans Legal Institute
Veterans Legal Institute® (VLI) provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled and low income current and former service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency. Founded by two California lawyers with military experience, the Veterans Legal Institute® (VLI) is among the only non-profit public interest law firms in the nation dedicated exclusively to the legal needs of current and former military members.
As veterans or current military members, VLI’s clients have demonstrated bravery and dedication to the country, protecting it both at home and abroad. Many of our clients have served in combat, enduring significant physical, emotional, and psychological wounds in the process. All of VLI’s clients have been members of the United States Armed Forces, giving of themselves so that our nation can remain safe and strong.
Many current and former service members face true challenges transitioning into their civilian lives after their military service is over. A large portion of the challenges veterans face are legal in nature, from battling with the VA over compensation and pension claims to discharge upgrades to expungements of criminal convictions preventing them from gainful employment. To honor their service, VLI provides free legal services to low income veterans and military members in a number of critical areas which often result in real improvements in their lives. VLI is able to leverage its legal network who donate their services pro bono thereby providing exponential service hours to its clientele.
Visiting Nurses Association Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California (VNA)
Visiting Nurses Association Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California (VNA) is a nonprofit community home healthcare agency whose mission is to promote patient dignity and independence by providing compassionate care throughout life. We have served Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties for over 64 years. Approximately 500 nurses, doctors, social workers, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals serve over 5,000 patients and families annually. VNA’s full scope of services includes the following programs:
- Home Health: Professional skilled services at home to manage illness and support recovery.
- Palliative Care: VNA helps patients understand and make decisions about their medical conditions and treatment options
- Hospice: A unique approach to care at end-of-life centered on the patient’s goals and personal choices and focusing on pain relief and symptom control for enhanced quality of life
- Private Duty: Our nursing staff is available seven days a week to provide in-home assistance with care and daily needs
- Grief Support: Families of VNA patients receive 13 months of one-on-one and group grief support; weekly, local grief groups are also open to the community at no charge
- Meet the Experts: A monthly outreach program that offers free health and end-of-life education presentations to the community.
- Charitable Care: VNA goes above and beyond to provide charitable care, goods, and services to patients and families that are not covered by insurance and that they cannot afford themselves due to severe financial difficulties.