Kitchens for Good

San Diego Gives, a fundraising program for local San Diego-based nonprofits, will take place Thursday with more than 300 organizations hoping to receive donations. Here’s a glance at seven different nonprofits that participants can donate to this Thursday. 

Paws For Purple Hearts

Paws for Purple Hearts provides high quality assistance dogs and canine-assisted therapeutic programs to military veterans. The nonprofit said it will use donations from the campaign to provide food and dietary supplements, medicines, vaccines and veterinary care to animals. It will also supply training equipment and simulation materials. 

“It’s a marvel to see our amazing PPH service dogs perform tasks,” said the nonprofit’s Greg DeSantis. “Paws for Purple Hearts dogs can open and retrieve items from the refrigerator. They can pull a wheelchair-bound warrior up a ramp. They nose light switches and elevator buttons.”

Golden State Ballet 

Golden State Ballet is a nonprofit committed to enhancing Southern California’s arts scene by instilling a love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, invigorating performances, innovative choreography, and engaging educational programs. 

The nonprofit hopes to use campaign donations to fund a performance of “The Nutcracker.”

“ With the help of the San Diego Gives fundraiser, this beloved fairytale will come to life with professional dancers and the San Diego Symphony at the Civic Theatre for seven performances Dec. 16 to Dec. 23,” said executive director Magda O’Neill. 

Access Youth Academy 

Access Youth Academy is an after-school life-skill and academic enrichment program for low-income San Diego youth aged 10 to 24, designed to foster equal access to higher education, healthy lifestyle habits, and post-college graduation employment. 

The nonprofit hopes to raise $10,000 to offer high-quality programs to at-risk students. 

“We believe every child should have equal access to achieve their full potential,” said Cindy Sweeney, director of development for the nonprofit. “Your gift today will ensure that each student who attends Access Youth Academy has equal access to higher education, healthy lifestyle habits, and post-college graduation employment.”

ElderHelp of San Diego 

ElderHelp supports San Diego’s older adults to live independently and with dignity in their own homes. With vital services such as grocery shopping, transportation, friendly visiting, check-in calls, advocacy and more, we make life better for over 7,000 seniors and their families each year.

Gretchen Veihl, Director of Philanthropy, said for every $300 donated, a local senior can have a month’s worth of services. 

“ElderHelp’s Care Coordination program addresses isolation, food insecurity, and health risks. For ElderHelp, it’s personal,” Veihl said. “Each gift builds a community of care.”

Kitchens for Good 

Kitchens for Good offers tuition-free, California state-certified apprenticeship programs in Culinary, Baking, and Front-of-House. The programs are available to individuals facing barriers to employment and offer the training and support so they can create sustainable careers for themselves. 

The dollars raised through San Diego Gives will support the apprenticeship programs. Donations cover the costs of things like classroom supplies, uniforms, weekly stipends to help Apprentices offset costs while they are in skills training, and bus passes so they are able to get to training.

Zero Waste San Diego

Zero Waste San Diego offers workshops, education, outreach, event-greening, community organizing, repair, reuse and film festivals, and consulting for businesses and governments. 

The money raised from the program will go toward SD Fixit Clinic, by educating people on how to fix and reuse items. The program has diverted more than 3,000 pounds of disards since 2016. 

Pawsitive Teams Inc 

Pawsitive Teams has a mission of enhancing the lives of individuals with special needs who live in San Diego County by using the skills of highly trained service and therapy dogs through the compassion, talent, and time of more than 80 volunteers and the generosity of loyal donors.  

“Through San Diego Gives, we have created a campaign to raise $25,000 in honor of our 25 years serving San Diego and to ensure we can grow into the future,” said executive director Eileen Heveron.  “San Diego Gives funds raised will go to growing our service and facility dog programs so we are able to increase the number of dogs we can train and place.”

For more information about San Diego Gives or to make a donation, go to sandiegogives.org/giving-events/sd22.



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