A San Bernardino nonprofit collaborative has acquired a $2.7 million grant to spur equitable financial progress within the metropolis of San Bernardino.
The Simply San Bernardino Collaborative, or Simply SB, is launching its Individuals’s Plan for Financial Inclusion with the grant from The James Irvine Basis administered by way of the Inland Empire Community Foundation. The Irvine Basis funding in Simply SB and the Individuals’s Plan is aligned with the inspiration’s bigger Precedence Communities technique.
The seven-year Precedence Communities initiative has an preliminary concentrate on the cities of Fresno, Salinas, Riverside and San Bernardino. The objective is to assist these communities in creating economies that work for all residents. This contains creating and defending jobs that supply wages that may maintain households, advantages, and development alternatives for lower-wage jobs.
Simply SB was fashioned in 2019 with the assist of the Inland Empire Group Basis and The James Irvine Basis. The group selected the title Simply SB to obviously focus its efforts centering justice as a element of future financial growth within the metropolis.
Underneath the management and experience of 9 community-based organizations within the Inland Empire, Simply SB will concentrate on constructing alternatives and actionable plans to create financial growth in San Bernardino.
The collaborative has labored for a 12 months creating methods in response to the rising disparities members really feel, present in schooling, well being, housing, and job alternatives and wage fairness within the Inland Empire.
“By way of the tragedy of COVID, now we have realized a lot extra about what fairness and justice ought to imply, and what’s important work and staff,” mentioned Michelle Decker, CEO of Inland Empire Group Basis. “The Individuals’s Plan is an thrilling and concrete means for the residents of San Bernardino to reply that query immediately, for themselves.”
Simply SB plans to have interaction greater than 10,000 residents within the metropolis over the subsequent 12 months. The Individuals’s Plan and the methods used to develop it is going to deal with the dearth of financial progress in low-income communities by way of the lens of labor, housing, schooling, environmental justice, financial growth, arts/tradition, and well being care.
The collaborating organizations of Simply SB signify varied industries. They embody Time for Change Basis, BLU Academic Basis, Youth Motion Challenge, Arts Connection, Inland Empire Labor Council, Warehouse Employees Useful resource Middle, Inland Congregations United for Change, Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement, and the Individuals’s Collective for Environmental Justice.
“I’m extraordinarily proud to be intimately related to the work of the Simply SB Individuals’s Plan,” mentioned Pastor Samuel Casey, govt director of COPE. “I firmly imagine that these closest to the circumstances that they discover themselves in are finest outfitted to tell this course of and the trail ahead.”
Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement is a 501(c)3 faith-based group, established in 2000 by a gaggle of pastors with a mission to coach and develop the capability of non secular and different leaders in congregations and throughout the Inland Empire to guard and revitalize the communities wherein they stay, work, and worship.
The Individuals’s Plan is a multiyear financial growth challenge and its first survey will launch quickly.
“We’re all studying that constructing an economic system that closes financial, racial, and gender gaps would require actually inclusive conversations and management by these most affected, and we imagine Simply SB will assist us all discover ways to do this authentically,” Decker mentioned.
Inland Empire Community Foundation works to strengthen Inland Southern California by way of philanthropy.