Orinda Foundation Gifts in 2022 Benefit Many Orinda Organizations

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    Happy New Year! In 2022, we returned to something more like “normal” as vaccine booster shots made living through COVID outbreaks more palatable.
    The Orinda Community Foundation (OCF), whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Orinda, is happy to announce it granted a total of $68,500 in 2022 to a multi-faceted number of non-profit organizations.
    This total is 50% greater than last year’s grants. OCF is an all-volunteer, non-profit group which provides financial assistance to organizations serving the Orinda community. The impact of these grants has had a transformative effect on strengthening and building community engagement and fostering community spirit.
    The worthwhile events serve as a method of bringing the community together while also enriching the lives of residents. The donations bolster the bonds with other community partners, such as the City of Orinda, The Orinda Association, the Lamorinda Arts Council, The Orinda Garden Club, Friends of Orinda Creeks, Orinda Rotary Club, Orinda Chamber of Commerce and many more.
    The 2022 grant funds provided to 25 grantees support the following events and organizations: The 4th of July Celebration, Lamorinda Idol, Art in Public Places, Park and Rec Concerts and Movies in the Park, Seniors Around Town, The Joaquin Moraga Adobe, Orinda Starlight Village Players, Live At the Orinda! at the Orinda Theatre, Meals on Wheels, The Orinda News, The Lamorinda Village, Garden Club, Woman’s Club, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Historical Society, Mindful Littles, Park and Rec Teen Events, Lamorinda Film Festival, Miramonte Writing Contest, Park Rec Seniors, Tabor Sister City and Pacific Chamber Orchestra.
    Since OCF’s inception in 2010, over $500,000 has been donated to wonderful events and organizations. This has only been possible due to the generous donations provided by our community residents.
    Grant applications are open from Sept. 15 – Oct. 30 with grants awarded annually each November.
    If you have an activity or event that uplifts the community in any manner, let us know at orindafoundation.org. You can donate by sending a tax-deductible check or sign onto the website, www.orindafoundation.org.
    One hundred percent of the funds donated are given directly to an event or organization to further its community purpose. OCF does not have a paid staff, nor covers any administrative costs. It relies on Board of Trustee members who volunteer their time and talents in the furtherance of improving the quality of life in Orinda.
    In addition to myself, OCF would like to acknowledge the all-volunteer Board of Trustees for their tireless efforts: Sue Severson (president), Richard Westin (vice president), Annette Linney (treasurer), Vince Dell’Aquila (secretary), Larry Berger, Natalie Fay, Gene Gottfried, James Keefe, Larry Shustack and Tina Zwahlen. We thank these individuals for their commitment and dedication.
    We also thank all of our donors in supporting the wonderful events and organizations which bring such joy and community spirit.

Carlos Baltodano can be reached at cbalt.ldc@comcast.net.

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