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Harbor Community Benefit Foundation Awards $644,794 to 10 Organizations Serving Wilmington and San Pedro

Friday, January 26, 2018

Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF) is pleased to announce the award of 10 new grants as part of its Community Benefit Grant Program. The $644,794 in grant awards will go towards programs and services that address one or more of the following impacts in San Pedro and Wilmington: Health Risk, Noise, Water Quality, Air Quality, Safety, Aesthetics, and Marine Life.
 
The grants were unanimously approved by the Board of Harbor Commissioners of the Port of Los Angeles at its January 25th meeting. Funding comes out of the Port Community Mitigation Trust Fund (PCMTF), which was jointly established by community stakeholders and the Port of Los Angeles to mitigate Port impacts in San Pedro and Wilmington. The PCMTF is administered by HCBF.
 
To date, HCBF has awarded 124 grants to 71 organizations in San Pedro and Wilmington, totaling just over $5.7 Million in grant awards. “I feel fortunate that HCBF is able to benefit the residents of San Pedro and Wilmington by addressing the impacts of the Port's operations,” said Meghan Reese, Executive Director of HCBF.
 
List of New Community Benefit Grants Awarded:

  • Broad Avenue Elementary School:
    This grant will fund two projects at the school: The first project will plant trees on and around the school campus. The plantings will mitigate the air pollution from the port by capturing CO2. The second project is a marine life ocean outreach program from the Cabrillo Marine Museum. Each grade level will receive marine education in a hands-on environment, aligned with California’s Common Core Standards.
     
  • Friends Of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium:
    CMA’s Young Scientist Program, which culminates in the Young Scientist Symposium, will engage students from sixth grade through grad school in real-world scientific inquiry in a professional setting, using state-of-the art equipment. Funding will not only support the Young Scientist Program, but will also support the publication of a Symposium Abstract and Videotape to educate the community about the impact of the port on the local natural environment.
     
  • International Bird Rescue:
    A research study that  will determine the level of overall impact of Port activity on aquatic birds, identify species-specific activity patterns in the Port that are normal and abnormal, and quantify the impact of types of Port activity that threaten marine life today.
     
  • IQAir Foundation:
    Funding to IQAir Foundation will install air filtration systems, both stand alone systems and HVAC based filters, in two preschools in Wilmington and San Pedro.
     
  • Memorial Medical Center Foundation – LBACA:
    Grant funds will support LBACA’s Asthma Intervention & Home Visitation Program and will focus its work on children (ages 0-18) and their families within the Wilmington and San Pedro communities affected by air pollution. 
     
  • Port of LA High School:
    HCBF Funds will support a new “Aquaculture at the Port” course at POLAHS for approximately 60 students in grades 11 and 12. 
     
  • Robert F. Kennedy Institute of Community and Family Medicine:
    Grant funds will support the Healthy Heart, Healthy Start and will provide education about chronic illnesses that are aggravated by port pollution, and ways to off-set negative effects by integrating individual and community-wide learning for residents, local organizations, and community representatives. 
     
  • St. Mary Medical Center Foundation:
    Grant funds for the St. Mary Mobile Care Unit will provide a full year of medical care to underserved populations in Wilmington and San Pedro by providing outreach, diagnosis, health screenings, and education on respiratory, cardiopulmonary, and other health disorders that can be caused and exacerbated by environmental pollutants like those generated by the Port and related operations. 
     
  • The LA Trust for Children’s Health:
    The LA Trust’s Asthma Program directly targets students who miss more than 8 school days in a school year due to asthma. A partnership with the LAC+USC Breathmobile program offers a comprehensive, mobile-based pediatric asthma disease management program that delivers asthma-specialty care directly to students and their families that are affected by air pollutions from Port and Port-related operations.
     
  • Wilmington Community Clinic (WHC):
    HCBF funds will help WHC improve the quality of screening and treatment of its asthma patients who reside in Wilmington and San Pedro. A case manager will create individual customized care plans for patients with asthma and work closely with them to ensure they have the education, advocacy, and resources they need to improve health outcomes.

 

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