Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance - Community Grants

The Community Grants Committee of the SSVMSA provides grants to 501(c)3 organizations from $2,500 to $10,000. Projects and Programs must relate to the advancement of community health or health education and exist within the Greater Sacramento Metro Region. 

CLICK HERE to view the application and guidelines for 2016-17 Community Grants.

2016 COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS

THE SOLDIERS PROJECT - $3,300

Providing a safety net for the psychological care of the military who have seen war and their families. Funds will also be used to help educate the public of the psychological consequences of war. 

MERCER VETERINARY CLINIC FOR THE HOMELESS - $7,000

Funds will help provide veterinary care for companion animals of Sacramento’s homeless. UC Davis veterinary students and volunteer supervisory veterinarians provide services.

WEAVE - $3,500

Funds will be used to purchase medical equipment, produce/purchase community wellness information, and to provide basic first aid to families upon their exit from the Safehouse.


FOOD LITERACY CENTER- $5,000

Classes taught at afterschool programs for K-6th grade on nutrition, cooking nutritious foods and choices for healthy habits.

UC DAVIS MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL - $5,000

Tuition free course for 25-95 y.o.,on the prevention and management of age-related health issues. Each course is 6 weeks and 12 class sessions, taught by UC Davis Health Science faculty.

CAMP KESEM UC DAVIS  - $5,000

Camp Kesem focuses on children 6-16 y.o., who are affected by their parent’s cancer. Funds awarded are for the backpack adventure to Camp Leoni Meadows, which supports 13-16 y.o. attending the camp.


UCP Autism Center for Excellence - $5,000

Supports 4 autistic children to go to a specialized summer camp, Grizzly Creek Ranch. The children will receive 1:1 staff to camper ration and a full-time camp nurse to enjoy the full array of summer camp fun.

CCHAT - $10,000

“Mainstream Support Program” trains teachers and speech therapists on classroom best practices for students with hearing loss and the use of assistive listening technology. Funds will purchase the materials and equipment needed to conduct large training sessions for the coming academic year.

MARYHOUSE - LOAVES AND FISHES - $6,300

Maryhouse is Loaves & Fishes hospitality center for the homeless women and their children of Sacramento. Funds will buy seven outdoor benches for Maryhouse’s guest to use in the patio garden.


2015 COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS

CHILDREN’S RECEIVING HOME OF SACRAMENTO - $6,375

Since 1944, The Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento has provided compassionate care for children and youth who have nowhere else to turn. SSVMSA will provide funding for recurring disposable medical supplies and for an automated external defibrillator for the medical clinic.

MERCY HOUSING - $2,000

Mercy Housing program operates affordable housing for families, seniors and people with special needs who lack economic resources to access affordable housing. SSVMSA will fund a new project, “Matters of Balance.”

ARTHUR A. BENJAMIN HEALTH PROFESSIONS HIGH SCHOOL
$2,000

Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School’s running program will teach the students the value of physical fitness. SSVMSA will match funds that students raise to purchase running shoes and pay fees for locally organized races.

LOAVES AND FISHES - $4,000

Loaves and Fishes serves the poor and homeless of Sacramento’s community providing meals and shelter, while addressing other issues of mental and physical illness.  SSVMSA will fund the purchase of 100 sleeping bags for use at their shelter.

CAMP KESEM AT UC DAVIS - $5,000

Camp Kesem UC Davis is a university student-run program that offers summer camp experience for the children of families touched by cancer. SSVMSA will sponsor the teen back-packing trip.

KEATON RAPHAEL MEMORIAL
$5,000

Keaton Raphael Memorial supports children with cancer and their families by providing emotional, educational and financial support. SSVMSA will fund 100 food and/or transportation vouchers for the KRM families.

THE ELDER AND HEALTH LAW CLINIC
$3,800

The Elder and Health Law Clinic is a legal clinic at University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law. The clinics are student-run, and SSVMSA will help support their community educational outreach program for the upcoming year.

A TOUCH OF UNDERSTANDING 
$5,000

ATOU’s three-hour workshop gives students an opportunity to explore what it may be like to have a disability. SSVMSA funds will support the cost of workshops and necessary materials for the 2015-2016 school year.

SACRAMENTO LIFE CENTER - $5,000

The Sacramento Life Center serves women and teen girls who are pregnant and do not know how to cope with the responsibility of being a new mother. SSVMSA will cover the cost of 100 baby baskets given to low-income women and teens with a starter kit to help them weather the financial strain of having a child.

2014 COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS

SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND
$1,600 USED TO:

Purchase 24 Low Vision Simulator Goggles and educational materials used to help educate people about the level of impairment, challenges of conducting activities of daily living, and adaptive techniques to cope with vision loss. The Low Vision Simulator Goggles, will allow 120 outreach/education activities for 2014-15.

OAK PARK PRESCHOOL, INC.
$3,485 USED TO:

Improve the overall health and quality of life for Oak Park residents. Healthy Eating/Active Living Seminars once a month, start-up of the Oak Park Walking Club and Preschool Spring/ Summer Garden.

PEOPLE REACHING OUT
$2,500 USED TO:

“My Smyle” project: peer mentoring for adolescent girls against using alcohol and drugs. Workshops focus on building self-esteem, continuing education, developing problem solving skills, and health and fitness awareness.

CHILDREN’S RECEIVING HOME OF SACRAMENTO
$5,275 USED TO:

Purchase 2 examination tables to replace current tables, Epi-Pens for onsite dormitories and over the counter medications and disposable medical supplies for one year.

SACRAMENTO FOOD BANK AND FAMILY SERVICES
$10,000 USED TO:

Bring fresh produce, legumes, grains, nuts, dairy, eggs, meat and seasonal specialty crops, educational materials and consumable supplies, for distribution to zipcodes 95817, 95820, and 95815.


CORDOVA COMMUNITY COUNCIL
$6,250 USED TO:

Purchase 1000 bicycle helmets for children who complete a “bike safety course” conducted by the Rancho Cordova Police Activities League.

KIWANIS FAMILY HOUSE
$5,000 USED TO:

Assist families with loved ones at UCDMC and Shriners Hospitals for Children for rent relief and meals.


2013 COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS

A TOUCH OF UNDERSTANDING: $6,575

Funds will be used to provide educational materials for 5,250 students in the Sacramento region who participate in the anti-bullying workshops with special focus on those with disabilities.



Susie Glover, A Touch Of Understanding “Building Empathy ~ Igniting Respect” 50,000 Students In 15 Years

5280 Stirling Street, Suite 102 | Granite Bay, CA 95746 | 916-791-4146 Cell 916-715-0689 | www.Touchofunderstanding.org


CCHAT CENTER: $5,000

Provides funding for follow-up auditory screening for up to 150 low-income infants per year who failed their initial hearing exam at birth. Early detection of hearing disability can result in successful treatment to improve hearing which is paramount for the ability of children to succeed in school.

PEOPLE REACHING OUT: $2,500

This grant will support the "My Smyle" Project which educates and engages girls ages 10-14 years old about the dangers of alcohol and drug use. Mentors, older youth from their community, will guide up to 600 young girls.

SENIOR GLEANERS: $5,000

This grant will fund a new "Adopt A School Program" in the Robla School District in Sacramento County, providing emergency food for families, all of which are at, or below, poverty level. Project would distribute 26,315 pounds of food to 2,400 students.

ROSEVILLE HOME START: $2,500

This organization transitions homeless families into affordable, permanent housing. Funding will provide two fitness machines for the on-site Gym Program which will benefit 50-100 adults who will attend classes 1-2 times per week over the course of one year.

FIESTA EDUCATIVA: $4,500

Workshops provide access to services for Latino families with a loved one with disabilities. Grant dollars will be used to cover the costs of the events which benefit up to 500 family members and caregivers.

CSERF - COMMUNITY SERVICE, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FUND: $1,100

Funding will cover the costs of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society's "Walk With a Doc" monthly event, taking place in various Sacramento neighborhoods, improving the health of the many participants.

2012 COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS

SAC CITY UNITED SCHOOL DISTRICT: $7292

Provides funding for the "Let's Eat Right Now"  program aimed at preschoolers and their parents who are at risk due to poor nutrition status, obesity and anemia.

A TOUCH OF UNDERSTANDING: $3,450

Funds will be used to provide educational material for 5,00 students in the Sacramento region who participate in anti-bullying workshops with special focus on those with disabilities.

STANFORD SETTLEMENT: $1,940

Funds will benefits the health and information fair for the Senior Center. Fair provides free health screening, blood pressure monitors and first aid kits in the hope of decreasing number of emergency room visits.

ST. JOHN'S WOMENS' CENTER: $5,000

Facility that provides shelter for homeless women and their children. Funds will be used to build a permanent play structure for the increasing number of young children at the shelter.

FIESTA EDUCATIVE: $2,100

Scholarships for 400 attendees, who are caregivers of loved ones with disabilities, who attend workshops focused on health training and advocacy.

MUSIC PARTNERS IN HEALTH CARE: $1,620

Organization that provides live music at the bedside in skilled nursing facilities in the Sacramento Region. The program will benefits 100s of parents over five months.

WELLSPRING WOMENS' CENTER: $3,992

Drop in center for low-income women and children. Funds will be used for the "Cotton Club"  to provide feminine hygiene products and female health education seminars.

ROSEVILLE HOME START: $2,080

Funding for "Healthy Jump Start" Program to help homeless families transition to permanent housing and self sufficiency with a focus on proper nutrition.

COMMUNITY AGAINST SEXUAL HARM: $676

C.A.S.H. grant will fund 1,000 brochures for distribution in Oak Park Community as part of their Health Education program for victims of sexual abuse/exploitation.

2011 COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS

CHILDREN'S RECEIVING HOME: $4,260

Provided funds for the purchase of a hemoglobin analyzer and oxygen tanks required to keep the home in compliance with state regulations. In addition, purchased a six month supply of first-aid and intake materials.

WELLSPRING WOMEN'S CENTER: $3,988

Funding Wellspring Women's Center for their Women's Health Program, which provides educational materials and sanitary supplies for over 150 women for a year.

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION COUNCIL OF SACRAMENTO: $5,000

Purchased 100 Cribs for the Infant Safe Sleeping Program, which aims to decrease the number of preventable infant sleep-related deaths in Sacramento County by providing education and support for new parents.

SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND: $4,908

Funding for the purchase of assistive technology for use in client teaching, demonstrations, and outreach including oral thermometers and blood pressure units.

DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER - WOW! HEALTHY EATING EXHIBIT: $2,500

Provided funding for a permanent exhibit on Healthy Eating to encourage visitors to the museum, including young children, to make healthy food choices.

KEATON RAPHAEL MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: $5,000

Funding for their Family Navigator Program which assists families dealing with childhood cancer. The program provides educational materials, therapeutic tools and other resources to assist families in their childhood cancer journeys.

2010 COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS

SACRAMENTO FOOD BANK
$6,000 USED TO:

Expand and enhance nutrition education through their mobile distribution centers, provide onsite preventative health screenings for high blood pressure and diabetes and information on nutrition, safe food preparation, and culturally sensitive recipes.

FOOD BANK OF YOLO COUNTY
$6,000 USED TO:

Purchase reusable containers to deliver food to the hundreds of families who receive 25 lbs of staple foods each month.

CLEAN AND SOBER
$1,250 USED TO:

Provide running shoes, sox, water bottles, 5K entrance fees for 25+ sober individuals to promote health, build confidence and provide hope to those struggling with addiction.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
$5,000 USED TO:

Subsidize the cost of stay for families with children hospitalized in Sacramento area hospitals with life threatening illnesses who reside more than 30 miles away.


STANFORD SETTLEMENT
$2,675 USED TO:

Provide funding for Senior Health and information fair, which will provide free health screenings, first aid kits, and education regarding resources for well being and assistance to help seniors remain at home.

SACRAMENTO CHILDREN'S HOME
$2,500 USED TO:

Purchase medical instruments for intake examinations for children in crisis entering the residential facility. Over 3,700 children received consistent, timely medical care last year.

WEAVE
$1,575 USED TO:

Purchase TB Vials for use at their Safehouse to comply with mandatory TB testing requirements

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