We’re excited to share the next four nonprofits that have received San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP) funding to continue serving their communities.
Bayside Community Center
Bayside Community Center provides emergency food distributions, critical case management, and after-school literacy programs to vulnerable Linda Vista residents. Due to the pandemic, Bayside’s funding has been impacted by a loss in grant sources, decreased fee for service, and disrupted fundraising. Bayside has since pivoted its team’s focus to grant writing and increasing fee-for-service revenue. At the same time, the pandemic has prompted an increased demand for their services, which have had to shift to virtual and safe in-person delivery. The loan funding contributes to emergency purposes and will help Bayside keep all of its staff on during this critical time.
San Diego Habitat for Humanity
San Diego Habitat for Humanity‘s goal is to increase homeownership for low-income families. They’ve had to temporarily close four ReStore locations, resulting in lost revenue and staff layoffs. Capital from the loan will be used to bridge operational costs while their retail ReStore locations ramp up to pre-COVID-19 sales levels. In addition, the funds will prevent further program delays by employing construction staff to ensure future homeowners will be able to move into their homes on time.
The New Children’s Museum
Since closing in March due to the pandemic, The New Children’s Museum has faced a significant loss of revenue. In addition, the museum has had to lay off over half of its employees due to the sudden halt in revenue. All remaining employees took a 10% to 50% pay cut. To adapt to COVID-19, the museum pivoted to provide enhanced services and creative, engaging content through online programming. The museum also began developing and distributing instructions and materials necessary for age-appropriate educational Think Play Create learning kits that provide the opportunity for non-virtual engagement and active participation in the arts.
San Diego Health Connect
San Diego Health Connect connects healthcare stakeholders to deliver quality, comprehensive information for better care. Since March, San Diego Health Connect has made addressing the immediate healthcare system needs brought on by COVID-19 their main priority, proving themselves to be reliable responders during this health crisis. However, the pandemic environment has also created setbacks for them. Since disbursement of the grant capital is contingent on specific milestones for the integration and use of technology, their ability to collect funding is delayed. San Diego Health Connect will use the loan funding to sustain operations and services until grant dollars start to flow again.
Somali Family Service of San Diego
Somali Family Service of San Diego (SFS) is a community-based service organization that provides culturally appropriate services to refugees and immigrants in San Diego. Due to COVID-19, SFS has received overwhelming requests from families seeking financial support and food items while at the same time experiencing decreased funding. SFS has adapted by restructuring staffing and schedules to allow for remote work while ensuring high productivity and teamwork. SFS intends to use the funding from SBNLP to start or expand its social enterprise projects, including language access (interpretation and translation services), medical transportation, and health innovation initiative (pediatric health and home health for seniors).
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