Even as the Foundation focuses on funding long-term solutions to the issues identified in our Strategic Initiatives, the first iteration of our Immediate Needs Grants program allowed us to support vital community needs as they arose. The Sacramento LGBT Community Center had one such need. In 2015, the Center was surprised when a time-sensitive opportunity arose: the chance to purchase a mobile health unit. Receiving one of our first grants from the program allowed the Center to purchase the unit, and it now brings health services and community resources to marginalized populations beyond its brick-and-mortar headquarters in downtown Sacramento.
“The Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s investment has empowered the Center to reach out to some of our community’s most vulnerable populations. We can now take the Center’s programs and services to communities of people who may not be able to travel to the Center or who may not be comfortable coming into the Center due to stigma or shame. Thanks to this opportunity, people are learning their HIV status, getting access to healthcare, and connecting with other resources not previously available.”
– Donald Bentz, executive director, Sacramento LGBT Community Center