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Embrace, a local nonprofit focused on “the promotion of social and physical wellness programs that serve underprivileged communities,” announced this week that it has been awarded $25,000 from the Weingart Foundation to fund its H3: Healing our Heroes’ Homes program.
The money will be used to restore the homes of low-income and disabled veterans in the community. Past projects, none of which exceed two full days in duration, have included tasks such as painting, waste removal, plumbing and electrical repairs, and installation of Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps and railings.
Weingart is a “private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that seeks to build better communities by providing assistance to people in need,” which reports over $700 million in assets and is active throughout Southern California.
“We're all looking forward to serving more disabled veterans as a result of this grant and increasing our impact on the veteran community,” said Embrace founder Sean Sheppard in a release. “I'm very proud of the increased dedication of our core group of college student volunteers. They truly are the heart and soul of our organization and are the main reason that investors direct funds to our organization.”
Embrace says its receipts so far this year total over $84,000 including the Weingart grant, a number that already is within 10 percent of matching total funding received in 2011.