Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary grants $25,000 to five nonprofits

Participants at the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary BocceFest 2019. The popular annual event raises funds to benefit the community in a variety of ways, including when unexpected emergencies arise.

The nonprofits serve San Diegans most in need due to the coronavirus

Del Mar Solana Beach Rotary recently donated $25,000, split equally, to five nonprofits at the forefront of serving the needs of those most hurt by the coronavirus outbreak in San Diego County. An additional $1,250 is being sought for the same five nonprofits via matching grants from the local Rotary District’s reserves.

DMSB Rotary has been very successful in raising funds via its annual Bocce fundraisers to support many local nonprofits over the last 23 years. In addition, prudent planning led the club to create a special reserve fund at the San Diego Foundation from which these recent donations were made. These donations were split equally among the following five organizations. The club has already received heart-felt thank you emails from the nonprofits that received the donations.

Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT), as a human services nonprofit, provides essential support to foster youth in San Diego transitioning out of the system. JIT fills the expanding needs of the youths aging out of the foster system that have no other support system to help them. (

Community Resource Center focuses on providing safety, stability and self-sufficiency to individuals and families in San Diego that have been brought to the brink of despair by COVID-19. It provides food and nutrition services to those suffering from disability or enduring the effects of domestic violence. (

Solutions for Change works to provide a permanent solution for homeless individuals and families. It has had to close its intake center due to social distancing requirements and has moved all participants into its residential facility during the COVID-19 crisis. (

Feeding San Diego works to locate, gather and distribute foodstuffs which might otherwise be lost and directs it to the individuals and families impacted by COVID-19 in the community. It continues to organize and operate drive-through food distribution centers during the stay-at-home order as hunger relief is an exempt activity. (

The San Diego Foundation’s San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund receives donations and makes emergency grants and interest-free loans to nonprofits that are working on the frontlines to provide this region’s most vulnerable communities with assistance, such as food security, other essential living expenses, emergent needs, and rent and utility payment support. One-hundred percent of donations go to organizations helping San Diegans impacted by the public health crisis. (Search San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund)

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary helps make local communities better for all, both near and far. While doing so, its members develop new business relationships, leadership skills and friendships that can last a lifetime. DMSB Rotary currently meets virtually at 7:15 a.m. on every other Friday. One can learn more by visiting or contacting Vicky Mallette via vicky.mallett2@ or (858) 245-7968.

— Submitted by Susheela Narayanan and Bill Sutton, Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club