OC Real Estate Luncheon Selection Committee awards over $500,000 in grants to veterans organizations

Orange County Breeze | November 11, 2016 | Link to Article

Leaders from many of Orange County’s top real estate companies and financial institutions, in partnership with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), came together in April 2016 in support of the county’s 130,000 veterans at the 1st Annual Orange County Real Estate Luncheon.

Over a half million dollars was raised at the inaugural event.

Since that time, a selection committee of well-respected business leaders, representatives from OCCF, and retired military members, met and carefully reviewed the grant proposal submissions from nonprofit organizations that assist local veterans in their transition back to civilian life. A list of criteria was established focused on financial transparency and overall program effectiveness as top priorities.

The following nonprofit organizations have been selected to receive this year’s grants:

Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation’s Veterans Resource Center will receive a grant to assist veterans who have exhausted their GI benefits, fund emergency grants, internship stipends, and a student assistant to help veterans with social and academic integration.

Easter Seals Southern California, Inc.’s Bob Hope Veterans Support Program has received a grant to assist veterans in their transition back to civilian life through peer navigation, case management, and referral strategies to provide assessment, employment services, and support.

Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund’s Education and Career Transition Assistance Program will receive a grant to empower veterans to succeed in life outside the military by providing assistance with education coordination and direct support to further career, education, and transition goals.

Irvine Valley College Foundation’s Veterans Resource Center has been awarded a grant to support their case management and counseling program while providing emergency grants to veterans when necessary to help them achieve their academic and professional goals.

As the educational institution with the highest enrollment of veteran students in Orange County, Saddleback College’s Veterans Resource Center will receive a grant so that they can provide emergency funding and outreach for veterans to achieve their academic goals.

UCI Foundation’s Veteran Resource Center is receiving a grant to help bridge the funding gap between the 36 months of GI education benefits and funding requirements to finish a degree and to help veteran students with emergency expenses such as gas, groceries, books, and other items.

Vanguard University of Southern California’s Veteran Student Leadership Development and Career Preparedness Program will receive a grant which allows them to support adaptive technologies and pilot a Student Veteran Career preparedness partnership with Saddleback College.

Volunteers of America’s Battle Buddy Bridge (B3) will receive grant funding for their comprehensive portal for veterans to receive peer support including referrals to healthcare providers, employment support, housing, and transportation services.

zero8hundred’s Military Transition Support Project (MTSP) will be awarded a grant allowing them to open an Orange County branch of their highly successful program which began in San Diego. The project matches active duty military members with community partners and provides intensive peer navigation services focused on creating a strategic plan for reintegration into civilian life in Orange County.

The 2nd Annual Orange County Real Estate Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Hotel Irvine featuring keynote speaker, Chad Hennings. Hennings is a former All-American and Outland Trophy winner from the Air Force Academy. He flew 45 combat missions in the Gulf War and was twice awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal and Outstanding Unit Award. Chad returned home and played nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, winning three Super Bowl Championships. To attend, sponsor, or donate to the Orange County Real Estate Luncheon, please email ocreluncheon@dsrg.com.

This article was a courtesy release.