LAS VEGAS – March 3, 2014 – The Walmart Foundation’s Nevada State Giving Program has awarded $515,000 to seven organizations located across the state. Grants have been made to the Minden Rotary Club Foundation, HELP of Southern Nevada, Operation Homefront, Communities in Schools of Nevada, The Food Bank of Northern Nevada, City Impact Foundation and Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.
“On behalf of the state of Nevada, we appreciate Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s commitment to supporting organizations that are making a difference in our communities,” said Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. “By working together, we are improving the lives of Nevada residents and continuing our state’s positive path forward.”
Twice a year, the Walmart Foundation’s Nevada State Giving Program awards grants to local organizations that address the needs for the communities they serve and make a significant social impact.
“We are committed to helping people live better and fully believe in supporting the local organizations that best know the needs of a given community,” said Gregg Treadway, Walmart Nevada regional general manager. “These seven nonprofits are making positive change in Nevada. We’re pleased to help them grow and continue efforts to fight hunger, improve access to education and more.”
The following nonprofits received grants to fund vital local programs that have proven to help those in Nevada with hunger relief, nutrition and education:
Minden Rotary Foundation received a $30,000 grant. The organization will use the funds to supplement its Backpack Buddies program that serves more than 250 children from 11 Douglas County elementary, middle and high schools.
HELP of Southern Nevada received $50,000 to use for its Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, a 65-bed residential facility for unaccompanied homeless youth ages 16-24. Specifically, the money is used to provide food, shelter, case management and life skills development for our residents.
According to Fuilala Riley, HELP of Southern Nevada’s COO, the Walmart grant means that organization's Shannon West Homeless Youth Center will continue to provide quality programs and services to the vulnerable homeless youth of Southern Nevada.
“The continued support from Walmart means breaking the cycle of homelessness and preventing our youth from becoming a part of the adult chronic homeless population,” she added.
Operation Homefront received $50,000 to provide holiday food baskets to local military families in need.
Communities in Schools of Nevada earned a $75,000 grant to implement a hunger prevention plan in the two geographic areas that Communities in Schools of Nevada serves – Las Vegas and Elko. The funding will directly support distribution of breakfast meals, snacks, and weekend food backpacks for the food-insecure students served by the agency.
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada was awarded a $75,000 grant to support outreach efforts to connect Nevadans to existing hunger relief and nutrition programs that can provide a longer-term solution to hunger, and therefore decrease their reliance on emergency food support services.
City Impact Foundation will use the $100,000 grant from Walmart for its City Impact Urban Night School which aids Latina women in getting their GEDs. According to Vic Caruso, executive director of the organization, this program is extremely popular attracting nearly 500 applicants for 150 slots. Students in the program also can take advantage of other services offered by City Impact such as health care, food and transportation.
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada received $135,000 to provide senior nutrition and supplement its Meals on Wheels program.
Last year in Nevada, the Walmart Foundation and stores throughout the state awarded more than $11.3 million in cash and in-kind contributions to community groups that are positioned to address the needs of Nevada communities and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment.
In 2013, Walmart’s State Giving Program granted $270,000 to five nonprofits throughout the state of Nevada.
To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)3 tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at walmartfoundation.org/stategiving. The current application cycle opened Jan. 19.