Barton Foundation awards $40,000 in grants to community health initiatives |

Barton Foundation awards $40,000 in grants to community health initiatives

Alan Nelson accepts a grant for the National Alliance on Mental Illness caregiver and family support programs as a recent graduate of the organization's family support series looks on.
Courtesy / Barton Foundation |

Barton Foundation recently provided a $40,000 boost to community health on Tahoe’s South Shore.

In its recent grant cycle, Barton Foundation — a nonprofit founded in 1990 to support the health care objectives of Barton Health — distributed funds to programs that address the most pressing health issues in South Lake Tahoe: mental health, substance abuse and access to health care services.

Recipients included Live Violence Free, Lake Tahoe Unified School District, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – El Dorado Chapter, SOS Outreach, South Tahoe Family Resource Center, Tahoe Art League, Tahoe Magic, Tahoe Turning Point and Tahoe Youth & Family Services.

Representatives from each organization accepted the grants and shared their stories Friday, Nov. 4, at Riva Grill.

Christopher Croft, executive director of Tahoe Youth & Family Services, gave the keynote address about philanthropy and collaboration.

“We have solutions in this room,” Croft said. “We are creating a path for our community that brings expertise and people together to address the community’s needs and to tackle issues collectively.”

This cycle’s nine grant recipients addressed the themes of prevention and intervention.

The organizations provide a variety of programs and services, including counseling, art and wellness programs, drug and alcohol support, mentorship, youth dental services, washing machines and flip phones for homeless youth, and support groups for those who have loved ones with mental illness.

“The Barton Foundation is pleased to provide funds to local organizations for very deserving causes,” said Kindle Craig, the foundation’s executive director.

“All the grants awarded will help reduce health care barriers and improve quality of life for our community members who need extra support.”

Barton Health has distributed $250,000 in health grants to the South Shore since 2009. Another $10,000 will be awarded in the coming months.

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