San Luis Community Fund benefits youth groups
SAN LUIS, Ariz. — Youth groups were the first beneficiaries of a new fund set up to finance arts, culture and community service programs in this city.
In what are the first distributions from the San Luis Community Fund, $5,000 in grants has been divided among five organizations over the past year.
The most recent allocation was made this week: $800 to the city of San Luis Youth Center to help pay for youth recreational and sports activities.
“With this we want to show to the people how important it is to help the community,” said Marco Antonio Reyes Jr., a member of the board that oversees the fund and distributes the money.
The largest of the allocations, $2,700, went to cover the costs of gifted students at San Luis High School to attend college-level summer courses offered by Johns Hopkins University.
Another $1,000 was given to the Gadsden Elementary School District's Marching Band to cover the cost of its out-of-town performances, while $500 when to the Arcoiris youth music group that is affiliated with the San Judas Tadeo church in San Luis.
Created in September 2010, the fund has been built up with donations from benefactors around Yuma County. For every $2 donated to the fund, the Arizona Community Foundation provides a dollar match.
“Every dollar that is raised is multiplied and has a positive impact on people's lives when it returns to the community,” said Marcela Gomez, the fund's coordinator. “The challenge is to increase the fund to be able to distribute more financial help.”
“We are going to extend our efforts to promote the culture of contribution and philanthropy,” she added.
For more information about contributing to the fund, contact Gomez at 817-8843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.