HCBF Awards 19 Community Benefit Grants Serving San Pedro and Wilmington

For Immediate Release
Questions? Contact Ata, ata@hcbf.org, 310-997-7116

SAN PEDRO, CA-The Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF) has awarded $506,000 in grants to 19 organizations serving the harbor communities of San Pedro and Wilmington.

The pilot program attracted a wide array of proposals that addressed five program priorities: beautification, education and training, safety, employment, and community initiatives. Selected from a pool of 62 applicants, grantees were chosen for their potential to collaborate and for a demonstrated commitment to enhance the communities of San Pedro and Wilmington.

The highly competitive Community Benefit Grant Program, funded by the Port Community Mitigation Trust Fund, received a full vote of support by the Port of Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners.

“We are beyond thrilled at the nineteen grant applications that have been approved for funding for the upcoming year,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino, 15th Council District of Los Angeles. “One of these applications includes a $45,000 grant that will directly fund improvements at the Wilmington Recreation Center. I am looking forward to the finished product of these grants, and celebrate the success of all applicants.”

HCBF’s Community Benefit grantee projects and programs include: beautification and cleanup of streets, medians, and truck routes; restoration of a nature preserve; environmental education programs and field trips for LAUSD students; construction and maintenance of community gardens; world music education programming at Title I public schools; workforce development programs; wetlands, marine life, and maritime internship programs; per-apprenticeship programs for at-risk youth; exercise and recreational equipment and programs; and a series of community art murals.

Congratulations to our grantees!

Beacon House
Beautification of community facility (Vic & Bonnie Christensen Math, Science & Technology Center), restoration of animal habitat, local workforce development.

Breathe California of Los Angeles County
Environmental education program, including community gardens at five LAUSD schools in Wilmington and San Pedro.

Broad Avenue Elementary School
Beautification, educational mural at front entrance of Wilmington school.

Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Internship program focusing on local wetlands and marine life.

Clean San Pedro
Cleanup and beautification of San Pedro traffic corridors, streets, and pedestrian ways providing access to the Los Angeles Waterfront.

Comprehensive Child Development
Beautification of San Pedro and Wilmington playgrounds, including air quality enhancements to reduce airborne particles from settling on outdoor playground recreational area.

Grand Vision Foundation
“Meet the Music” cultural and ethnographic music education program for third to fifth graders in Title I public schools, providing long term improvements in math and language skills that impact the dropout rate.

Hawaiian Avenue Elementary School Foundation
Environmental education field trips, including Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI).

International Bird Rescue
Internships and internship coordinator for a marine life education program, including environmental awareness, related career opportunities, and focus on marine life care, specifically aquatic birds.

International Trade Education Programs
Summer internship program for San Pedro and Wilmington high school students, includes safety training and promotes maritime careers and workforce development.

Taper Tiger Paws Parent Teacher Organization
Beautification and Restoration of Vic & Bonnie Christensen Math, Science & Technology Center, including restoration of orchard, gardens, and animal habitats; field trips for San Pedro and Wilmington Title I schools.

Pacific Unicomm, “Clean Wilmington”
Large scale beautification of Wilmington, with volunteer and community engagement, including planting of drought tolerant plants, cleaning open space buffers, medians, truck routes, freight lines, and residential streets directly impacted by Port facilities.

Port of Los Angeles High School
Supports Environmental Engineering program, promotes maritime careers, provides maintenance of local community gardens, and supports annual “Green Festival.”

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
Beautification and restoration of White Point Nature Preserve, training youth with on-site maritime educational and job-skill training in a biological habitat.

Rainbow Services
Community arts and beautification project, including the installation of a hand-painted tile mural at San Pedro facility.

Sharefest Community Development
Develop an outdoor fitness zone and complete series of murals at Wilmington Recreation Center. Culminates in “11th Annual Community Workday” on May 3, 2014.

Tzu Chi Community Clinic
CERT (safety) training for high school students and “Train the Trainer” safety training through Loma Linda University.

Wilmington Teen Center
Recreational resources, community resources and training, internships to support after-school tutoring program, equipment and supplies.

Women in Non-Traditional Employment Roles (W.I.N.T.E.R.)
“Rosie the Riveter” YouthBuild Pathways to Success program, includes per-apprenticeship program for maritime related careers, community beautification project, and award of High School diplomas upon completion of required course work.

Harbor Community Benefit Foundation is a non-profit organization collaborating to build a safe, healthy, and beautiful San Pedro and Wilmington. Through grantmaking, independent research, and community engagement, HCBF works to mitigate the negative impacts of Port of Los Angeles and Port-related operations in the Harbor area.


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