Urban Corps
Food Drive

The Urban Corps of San Diego County received a $15,000 grant from the County of San Diego Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, as well as donations from key partners, for the development of a series of food drives for program participants.

April 14, 2021

Urban Corps of San Diego HQ

County of San Diego
Feeding San Diego
Guild Mortgage
Mission Federal Credit Union

SAN DIEGO – Young adults in the San Diego region have faced increased challenges due to the pandemic. Due to the generosity of the County of San Diego, ProduceGood, Feeding San Diego, Guild Mortgage and Mission Federal Credit Union, the Urban Corps of San Diego has received funding to host a series of food drives that will allow particpants to receive food and additional supplies for themselves and their families at no cost.

“The pandemic has shown us the inequities that exist, and it was important for us to help those in our community who need support,” said Chair Nathan Fletcher, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “Urban Corps is putting the funds to good use with its food drives.”

Many program participants receive CalFresh, CalWorks, and/or other services through public assistance programs; however, some students continue to experience food insecurity and difficulty making ends meet.

“The pandemic has negatively impacted many of our Corpsmembers,” said Kyle Kennedy, CEO. “Through these food distribution events, we can ease the burden of some of our county’s most vulnerable individuals by providing supplies for healthy meals that everyone should have access to.”

Urban Corps of San Diego County Receives $100,000
Donation From Guild Giving Foundation

Money will be useds to help young adults with education and job training

Urban Corps of San Diego County received a $100,000 donation from the Guild Giving Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by Guild Mortgage to deliver on its commitment to building relationships and strengthening communities. The money will be used to help Urban Corps continue its mission to provide young adults ages 18-26 a second chance for a high school diploma while giving them the tools to expand their career opportunities through paid job training.

“The Guild Giving Foundation and Guild Mortgage are long-time supporters of Urban Corps and we can’t thank them enough for their support,” said Kyle Kennedy, CEO of Urban Corps of San Diego County. “This donation will help us continue to give our Corpsmembers the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and receive life skills and paid job training that will put them on the road to success. In our 2022 fiscal year, 66 Corpsmembers graduated with their high school diplomas, 20 percent are headed to college and 80 percent are employed.”

The donation was raised from Guild Giving Foundation’s annual Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner Social that included golf, dinner and a silent auction with items such as vacation packages, sports memorabilia and one-of-a-kind experiences.

“The Guild Giving Foundation is committed to giving back to communities where Guild Mortgage employees and customers live,” said Mary Ann McGarry, president and CEO of Guild Mortgage. “We encourage our employees to volunteer, support financial literacy and deliver on our commitment to provide shelter and inspire positive change. Urban Corps is an organization that provides a positive change in San Diego County and we are proud to donate and help them with their mission of education and paid job training.”

About the Urban Corps of San Diego County

Founded in 1989, Urban Corps of San Diego County is a certified local conservation corps and charter school whose mission is to provide young adults ages 18-26 the tools to expand their career opportunities through paid job training, support services and a second chance to earn a high school diploma.

For more information or to join Urban Corps, visit https://urbancorpssd.org/ and follow us on Twitter (@SDUrbanCorps), Facebook & Instagram (@sandiegourbancorps), TikTok (@urbancorps) and LinkedIn.

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