There is lots of love to go around: Love Modesto, Love Oakdale, Love in other cities along with Love Our Neighborhoods, Love Our Schools and Love ALL Our Kids.
With that in mind, Love Our Cities Inc. has filed to become a nonprofit organization. Jeff Pishney, the executive director, said forming the nonprofit will enhance the above-mentioned events and campaigns that are aimed at improving communities through communitywide volunteer days. Those include Love Modesto, Love Our Neighborhoods, Love Our Schools and Love ALL Our Kids. Forty-three cities stage annual Love days similar to Modesto’s, with all but one – Benson, N.C. – in California.
By going nonprofit, donations to Love Our Cities Inc. become tax-deductible.
Go to www.loveourcities.org for more information.
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Grant recipients announced
The Make Dreams Real Endowment Fund Advisory Board released its list of recipients for 2014, with grants totaling $90,000. The endowment benefits school-age children in Stanislaus County through participation in programs that enrich and stimulate their minds and bodies and teach values through service learning. Children that participate in the supported programs, and their families, are encouraged to volunteer within the program, raise funds and help with community events. The recipients are:
National Ag Science Center, Summer Science Camp; Tuolumne River Trust, Tuolumne River Adventures Club; Juline Foundation, Outreach Dance Program-Everett School; United Way/Center for Human Services, Graduation Coach; Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Program; Oakdale Education Foundation, Improving Children’s Lives; Court Appointed Special Advocates of Stanislaus County, Children’s Fund; Christian Berets, Special Needs Camp; Society for Disabilities, Adapted Bike Camp for Children with Disabilities; Salida Union School District, Foothill Horizons Outdoor Education Camp; Stanislaus Union School District, Foothill Horizons Outdoor Education Camp; Empire Union School District, Foothill Horizons Outdoor Education Camp; Cardozo Middle School, Foothill Horizons Outdoor Education Camp; and Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, Outreach Program.
The endowment’s 26th annual Make Dreams Real Endowment Fund Golf Tournament will be held May 14 at Del Rio, Oakdale and Saddle Creek Golf and Country Clubs. For information on participating, sponsoring or volunteering, go to www.makedreamsrealgolf.com.
Local United Way gets grant
Covered California recently announced that United Ways of California, along with eight local United Ways, were awarded a $424,495 Navigator Grant to enroll consumers into Covered California Qualified Health Plans. United Way of Stanislaus County will receive $26,000 for local outreach and enrollment.
Navigator Grants were awarded based on the organizations’ experience with special populations defined by common characteristics – such as language, ethnicity, geography and employment sector – and the ability to effectively educate and enroll Californians.
In addition to enrollment, Navigators will educate consumers on the benefits of health care coverage; assist them in navigating the online shop; and compare, process and ultimately provide many opportunities where they can get assistance in enrolling in coverage. Navigators will also aide existing enrollees in the renewal of health insurance coverage.
Modesto company honored
Dot Transportation Inc., a subsidiary of Dot Foods, has been named to the 2014 Transport Topics Top 100 Private Carriers list. The freight transportation industry publication ranked DTI’s fleet of more than 1,000 tractors and 1,500 trailers No. 29 on the list for the second consecutive year.
Transport Topics 100 is an annual survey of the largest for-hire and private-company motor carriers. The list documents the size and scope of trucking operations and provides analysis of trends shaping the industry.