In October 2009, as El Dorado County became aware of their growing homeless population and started the task of providing assistance to them, the El Dorado Community Foundation was there. Through the generosity of the Lee Bennett Family of El Dorado Hills and Tom and Judith Dillon of Placerville, the Fund for the Homeless was created at the El Dorado Community Foundation. Simultaneously, the foundation began convening organizations who were struggling with procedures, policies and emotions to find some direction if not answers.
“The key to meeting any challenge in a community, is convening like-minded people who can clarify the need and then work collaboratively toward solution,” said Bill Roby, executive director of the foundation.
The foundation Board of Directors, Grants Committee and staff have spent many hours with these like-minded people and to date, have made effective, knowledgeable grants totaling more than $150,000 to nonprofit entities for services and programs for our local homeless families and individuals.
These grants have provided:
Several new grants that warrant highlighting are:
The mission of the El Dorado Community Foundation is “to strengthen our community now and for future generations.” Its work does not end here. Currently, the board and staff are working closely with Placerville Mayor Wendy Mattson and Green Valley Church to further fine tune the programs and services available in El Dorado County for our homeless population.