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HCBF Awards $800,000 to 15 Organizations in Wilmington and San Pedro

Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF) is pleased to announce the award of 15 new grants as part of its Community Benefit Grant Program. The $800,000 in grant awards will go towards programs and services that address the following impacts in San Pedro and Wilmington: Health Risk, Noise, Water Quality, Air Quality, Safety, Aesthetics, and Marine Life.

The grants were unanimously approved by the Board of Harbor Commissioners of the Port of Los Angeles at its October 24th meeting. Funding comes out of the Port Community Mitigation Trust Fund (PCMTF), which was jointly established by community stakeholders and the Port of Los Angeles to mitigate Port impacts in San Pedro and Wilmington. The PCMTF is administered by HCBF.

To date, HCBF has awarded 114 grants to 58 organizations in San Pedro and Wilmington, totaling just over $4.7 Million in grant awards.  “We are grateful to have the opportunity to help reduce the impacts of the Port on the residents of Wilmington and San Pedro” said Ben Schirmer, Executive Director of HCBF.

List of New Community Benefit Grants Awarded:

Asthma Coalition of Los Angeles County, $100,000 to provide respiratory education and training to professional staff and residents experiencing respiratory health risks attributed to Port-related pollution. This grant will fill an important gap in asthma education and professional development for asthma care in our community.

Coalition for a Safe Environment, $35,000 to provide residents with a disaster preparedness plan to navigate Wilmington neighborhoods in the event of a Port-related disaster.

Dana Middle School, $25,000 to continue an air quality education program previously funded by HCBF, along with a robotics course focused on Port-related subject matter. The robotics curriculum will increase student knowledge of port-related water quality impacts, and allow students to share their data with the Port of Los Angeles and other stakeholders.

Friends of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, $10,774 to educate residents in Wilmington and San Pedro on the historical footprint of the Port of Los Angeles in the San Pedro Bay. Funding will go towards the development of an exhibit for the museum that recounts the history of Terminal Island, from its former residential/institutional land use to is current expanded industrial use by the Port of Los Angeles.

International Bird Rescue, $39,500 to provide students with training to effectively treat aquatic wildlife in the event of oil spills and other Port-related safety emergencies. Students will share their data and findings with local marine life experts and other stakeholders.

International Trade Education Programs, $75,000 to train students in testing air and water quality in relation to Port operations. Students will present their findings to fellow students and experts, as well as attend a leadership conference to connect them with leading professionals in alternative energy and related fields.

Los Angeles Maritime Institute, $46,710 to educate students on air, noise, and water quality in relation to Port operations. Students will present their findings to the Port of Los Angeles and other stakeholders.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, $74,400 to reduce carbon emissions generated by Port operations through the planting of trees and shrubs at White Point Nature Preserve. This program will engage the community in volunteerism and raise awareness about the importance of planting as a carbon capture tool

Park Western Place Elementary School
, $21,312 to educate students on water quality, oceans, and marine life in relation to Port operations by attending a multi-day marine life education excursion to Catalina Island.

Port of Los Angeles High School, $27,280 to train students in testing water quality by funding the purchase of microscopes and other equipment to engage high school students in educational topics related to Port impacts.

Sharefest Community Development, Inc., $91,596 to reduce carbon emissions generated by Port operations through the planting of trees at two impacted locations, one in Wilmington, and the other in San Pedro.

South Bay Center for Counseling, $ 50,000 to reduce carbon emissions generated by Port operations through the planting of trees at an urban garden, and to provide air quality education to the community.

The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health, $120,000 to provide respiratory treatment to students in Wilmington and San Pedro experiencing respiratory health risks attributed to Port-related pollution.

Wilmington Community Clinic, $31,995 to provide supplies to a clinic addressing respiratory health risks attributed to Port-related air pollution.

Wilmington Middle School, $51,473 to train students in testing air and water quality in relation to Port operations through the use of robotics.