A recently launched initiative designed to boost refugee and immigrant participation in civic affairs in El Cajon and the City Heights section of San Diego received a $30,000 grant, the program’s backers announced Wednesday.
The funding from the Parker Foundation will support the salary of a program manager for the initiative, Advancing Healthy Neighborhoods.
The program is a collaboration between the San Diego-based Climate Action Campaign, Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans and Mid-City Community Advocacy Network. It’s designed to increase the involvement of newer residents in civic, environmental and economic issues.
“Social equity has always been the heart of our mission to stop climate change, and our work is more urgent than ever,” said Nicole Capretz, CAC executive director. “Low income, communities of color are on the front lines of climate change and vulnerable to the most devastating impacts from extreme weather events.”
The organizations launched the initiative in June.
The Parker Foundation donates to charitable causes around San Diego County.
—City News Service
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