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2019-2020 Lou Ann Vogler Grants Program

The Altrusa Club of Chula Vista Foundation awards $17,000 to local and international nonprofits

Altrusans represent people who wake up every morning and find ways to make things happen. Not only do we find ways to make things happen, but we help others do so as well. In February 2020, the Altrusa Club of Chula Vista, Inc. Foundation awarded a total of $17,000 to local and international organizations and individuals.

Locally, the Foundation awarded $5,250 to support the Border View Family YMCA's College and Career Readiness Program and $3,750 for the San Diego Youth Symphony and Orchestra's Opus After School Music Program. To promote healthy youth development, the Border View Family YMCA partnered with Winward Academy to improve college access and readiness for students in the AVID program at San Ysidro High School. The Sympony's Community Opus Project includes after school instrumental orchestra and band programs for students in Chula Vista.

Internationally, the Foundation awarded $3,000 to Days for Girls Rwamagana, Rwanda, and $2,000 to Water for Children Africa Malia Children's Home and School in Kenya. Days for Girls Rwamagana is a chapter of Days for Girls International, which works toward the goal of every woman having access to feminine hygiene. They were awarded the best Days for Girls Enterprise in East Africa. Water for Children Africa provides safe, sustainable water to rural villages in Africa. For children, access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene keeps them alive and healthy and gives them a chance to go to school to gain an education, reduces inequalities, and creates a brighter future.

The Foundation also provided funding for local scholarships through other nonprofit organizations. This year, $1,500 was provided to both the OnStage Playhouse Nichols Theatre Intern Program and the Quin Murphy Foundation. The Charles K. Nichols Theatre Intern Program is a free year-long theatre arts training program open to high school and community college students who are in their sophomore-senior years or college freshmen enrolled in a South Bay area school. The Quin Murphy Foundation provides scholarships for scholars, athletes, and students who face obstacles, as well as students who aspire to enter the medical field. They hope to inspire students to provide safe and effective healthcare to their future patients.

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