On September 7, 2022, the Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation awarded $215,000 in grants to 11 Inland Empire non-profit organizations. The awards ranged from $10,000 to $30,000 each.
It was delightful to bring grantees together again, after several years of not being able to, because of the COVID pandemic. After three challenging years, having familiar and new faces come together in a community to share a delicious meal was inspiring and energizing!
“It is an honor to assist these critical community partners who share our foundation’s commitment to providing opportunity and support to the underserved and under-resourced in the Inland Empire,” Dr. Valenzuela said.
On August 28, 2019, the Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation hosted its first Grantee Recognition Luncheon at The Mexico Café in San Bernardino. Representatives from each of the recipient organizations in the 2019-2020 funding cycle were in attendance along with Dr. Valenzuela and distinguished guests representing the County and other elected officials.
Grantees were especially thrilled to meet Dr. Valenzuela, and each spoke of the value of the grant to their work and organization. Ten grants totaling $360,250 were recognized that afternoon.
On June 18, 2019 Reach Out hosted a grand and groovy evening filled with generosity and gratitude during its 50th Anniversary Celebration. That evening, Reach Out recognized many of its supporters, including the Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation. Attire for the evening was themed, “Flashback 1969 – The Groovier the Better!”
In summer 2018 and 2019, the Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation was thrilled to support Reach Out’s LIFE program which gives youth in the Inland Empire exposure and hands-on experience in a real clinical environment. These young women came out of the program feeling more confident about themselves and their capacities. It was wonderful to hear how the program impacted them, especially how it clarified and solidified their goals of pursuing a career in the medical profession. This outcome aligns with the Foundation’s mission which includes increasing the number of medical providers committed to practicing in the Inland Empire. Read the full article HERE