Since its inception in 2013, the Endowment has supported a diverse body of philanthropic initiatives to improve the lives of thousands of area residents and neighbors. The Endowment's emphasis has touched many topics of need in El Dorado Hills including mental health and wellness programs, education, youth development, senior services, community enhancement, historic preservation, performing arts and canine assistance programs.
To date we have granted over $150,000 to a variety of local nonprofit organizations. The following list provides just a few examples of the inspiring organizations that work tirelessly to make El Dorado Hills a better place to call home:
Hands 4 Hope
3 Strands Global
Assistance league of Sierra Foothills
Hands4Hope is an El Dorado Hills nonprofit organization working to "cultivate the next generation of socially responsible citizens." Comprised of students ranging from grades K-12, H4H youth development mentors works with youth to explore areas of need in their community, and implement projects to support their chosen causes. Since 2013, the Endowment has provided funding for four different outreach and support projects.
An issue that most wouldn't associate with rural El Dorado County, human trafficking has recently come to the forefront of community concerns with 31 reported cases in El Dorado County in 2016. Recognizing the need to address this pressing issue, the El Dorado Hills Endowment awarded funding in support of human trafficking prevention eduction. Working in partnership with the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California and the California Department of Education, 3Strands Global's PROTECT program promotes human trafficking awareness and equips students with the practical ways to keep themselves and their community safe.
Knowing our local history and where we came from is imperative to a successful future; as such, the Endowment is proud to support the efforts and projects of the Clarksville Regional Historical Society. Recognizing the benefits and beauty in preserving and promoting its rich history for future generations, the Endowment has funded two property improvement projects.
Assistance League of Sierra Foothills (ALSF) received funding to assist with their program, “Operation School Bell.” This program provides underprivileged children, aged 5-17, with the opportunity to purchase school clothes. ALSF provided over 200 local students with this shopping experience this year!
Individuals with disabilities bravely face daily challenges that most don't think twice about: getting out of bed in the morning, opening doors, picking up dropped keys. Working to alleviate some of these daily stressors, Canine Companions for Independence helps to enhance the quality of lives for these individuals through the placement of their highly-trained service dogs.
"Six residents of El Dorado Hills currently work with Canine Companions assistance dogs. For some, their dogs pick up dropped items like keys or open doors so they don't have to ask for help. For others, their dogs provide crucial motivation for them to get up for school, get dressed, or talk to peers. For all, the dogs provide unmatched companionship and support." - Angie Escudero, Canine Companions for Independence