Members of the Solana Beach Fund’s grant committee, Julie Wright and Nancy Giberson, recently presented Casa de Amistad Executive Director Nicole Mione-Green with a grant for $5,000 at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, where the nonprofit hosts its popular Study Companions and Kinder to College programs. The Solana Beach Fund has provided a grant to local education nonprofit Casa de Amistad every year since the fund’s inception in 2013.
Study Companions serves preschool through high school students, pairing them with a mentor for after-school tutoring. Students meet with their mentors twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 90 minutes to help with school work and character development. The program serves students from the Solana Beach, Del Mar, Encinitas, Cardiff, Carlsbad and San Dieguito school districts.
“We appreciate the consistent philanthropic support from the Solana Beach Fund. This kind of community support helped us ensure last year that 100 percent of our high school graduates enrolled in post-secondary education,” said Mione-Green. “With partners like the Solana Beach Fund, we can continue to help overcome barriers to education, empower students, and break a family’s cycle of poverty in our community.”
“The Solana Beach Fund is proud of its ongoing support of Casa de Amistad as well as the many other local nonprofits helped,” explained Laura Fleming of the Coastal Community Foundation which manages the fund. “Thanks to the philanthropic support of so many caring Solana Beach residents, we’re building stronger nonprofits, helping neighborhoods and families, and ensuring a vibrant culture in Solana Beach.”
To support the Solana Beach Fund, residents can make a contribution from $50 to over $1,000 by visiting the fund’s web page: www.coastalfoundation.org/programs/solana-beach-fund. Checks should be made payable to Coastal Community Foundation and can be mailed to the Solana Beach Fund, c/o the Coastal Community Foundation, 162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., Encinitas, CA 92024.