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Hand to Hand is a group of women who grant funds to local non-profits which promote economic self-sufficiency and positive change in the lives of women and girls.

History:

In the spring of 2008, a group of women began to discuss ways that they could make a difference in the community for women and girls through their joint philanthropy.  In October 2008 Hand to Hand was established as a charitable fund at Coastal Community Foundation. Nineteen women joined as founders.

Mission:

Hand to Hand makes an impact in the lives of women and girls in San Diego County by directly resources to programs that empower change and self-sufficiency.  Hand to Hand fulfills its mission by funding education and job training for women, programs to help women re-enter the work force, mentoring programs for girls, and microloan programs through non-profit organizations.

Why You Should Join:

Grant funds are made possible through the membership donations. By investing $500, you become a voting member and you will be able to help select the grant recipients. OR you can participate as a “Friend” of Hand to Hand and your donation at any level provides additional funding for grants.

Additional information on becoming a member can be found in the Files section on the top right of this page. The About Us flyer contains a membership form. Information can also be obtained by emailing handtohand@coastalfoundation.org.  Donations may be made online by clicking on the Donate button which will take you to a secure page.  Under purpose please type Hand to Hand.

Chair Persons:

Chair of Hand to Hand: KJ Koljonen

Grants Committee Chair: Robyn Bailis Sirota

Grantee Relations Committee Chair: Sue Steele

Membership Committee Chair: Alice Jacobson

Grant History:

Over the past five years, Hand to Hand has distributed grants totaling over $168,000.

2014 grants:

  • Girls Rising – mentor program
  • Just in Time for Foster Youth – Career Horizons
  • New Entra Casa residential program
  • Welcome Home Ministries – mentoring program

Welcome Home group

Hand to Hand members with Welcome Home Ministries staff member Amie and founder Carmen Warner Robbins at the 2014 Grant Ceremony.    Welcome Home was awarded a grant for their mentoring program for women who are leaving Las Colinas Dentention facility.

2009-2014 grants:

  • Angel Faces for a retreat to help girls with severe facial disfigurements build a positive self-image (2010)
  • Casa Cornelia Law Center for the domestic violence program (2012 / 2013)
  • Community Resource Center for Life Skills training for domestic abuse survivors (2009)
  • Girls on the Run for development of a North County program (2009 & 2011)
  • Girls Rising for girls’ mentor program (2013 / 2014)
  • Just in Time for Foster Youth for the Career Horizons Program for girls
  • Foundation for Women a microcredit loan program to help women in poverty start a business (2010)
  • From the Inside Out for the Girls Only mentoring program (2009 & 2011)
  • Just in Time for Foster Youth for Career Horizons program for girls (2012 / 2014)
  • Leap to Success for the women’s leadership program (2011)
  • MANA de North County San Diego for the Hermanitas® mentorship program (2010)
  • New Entra Casa for residential treatment program (2014)
  • San Diego Hope House to develop a “cottage industry” for women who have been victims of human trafficking (2011)
  • Shakti Rising for the Transformational Recovery Program for women (2009 / 2010)
  • Welcome Home Ministries for Fair Dorm project and peer re-entry program (2013/ 2014)