Community, Faith, and Rural Resources

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  • Resident Leadership Academy - The Resident Leadership Academy is a multi-week training program for residents who want to learn how to improve their local communities. Topics include community leadership, crime prevention and safety, land use and active transportation, and healthy food systems.
  • Nonprofit Partnership - HandsOn San Diego connects volunteers to nonprofit, school, religious, civic, and governmental organizations to provide volunteers with meaningful service opportunities while filling a community’s needs.
  • Live Well San Diego Speaker's Bureau - The Speaker's Bureau is a free program to help community residents better understand their health. Health presentations are delivered by subject matter experts and can cover any type of health topic.


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  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) FaithNet - FaithNet is an interfaith resource network of members who wish to encourage faith communities that are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness. FaithNet includes sample services and sermons, healing prayers, discussion group resources, and more.
  • Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships - Fires, earthquakes, violent activity, and more can affect houses of worship with little to no warning. The Center provides resources to help houses of worship develop and update plans and procedures to ensure the safety and security of their congregations, staff, and facilities.
  • Yes in God's Back Yard (YIGBY) - YIGBY is a an action-based, collaborative group for faith communities that want to use their surplus land to develop much needed affordable housing in the region.


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  • San Diego Foundation Grants - The San Diego Foundation funds project support, capacity-building, core operating, and general organizational support. Their grant funding is aligned with the priorities of advancing racial and social justice, fostering equity of opportunity, and building resilient communities.  
  • The California Wellness Foundation - The California Wellness Foundation funds and supports organizations that are increasing access to health care to improve individual and community wellness.


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  • Small Business Development Center Advisory Services - The SBDC provides an array of no- and low- cost supports to entrepreneurs and small businesses through nine locations/sub-contractors. The SBDC’s top priority is to empower small business creation and growth that improves the quality of life in San Diego and Imperial counties.
  • FieldStone Leadership Network - The Fieldstone Leadership Network provides programs that develop executive leadership, increase agency capacity, and sustain a collaborative and vibrant network for nonprofit organizations. 
  • Nonprofit Board Exchange - The Nonprofit Board Exchange supports nonprofits in recruiting board members and diversifying nonprofit governing boards. It is a free, public, online platform that publicizes openings on local nonprofit boards.


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