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February 2, 2024   •   News  

Credit Union’s Community Grant Program Funds $120,000 in 2023 to Support Nonprofits

Folsom, Calif. – (Jan. 31, 2024) – Eight Greater Sacramento region nonprofits received $120,000 in funding from SAFE Credit Union’s annual community grant program dedicated to uplifting the communities it serves in 2023.

The grant recipients – Child Advocates of El Dorado (CASA)Foster Youth Education Fund, Junior Achievement of SacramentoRebuilding Together SacramentoSierra College FoundationSoil Born FarmsVolunteers of America, Northern California/Nevada  and the Yolo Crisis Nursery  – provide services supporting career development, financial education, higher education, the health and well-being of infants and toddlers, housing, and veterans.

A not-for-profit financial institution, SAFE’s community grant program stems from the credit union’s cooperative principle of sharing profits within communities especially to programs that promote people helping people initiatives.

Rebuilding Together Sacramento volunteer and Safe at Home recipient photo Rebuilding Together Sacramento volunteer and Safe at Home recipient test newly made home modifications.

“We take our mission to help our members and communities build financial freedom to heart,” says SAFE Credit Union Vice President of Community Relations and Financial Education Rebecca Delmundo. “These grants help individuals in often underserved communities receive the support, respect, and the resources they need to build better lives.”

Here are more details about each nonprofit recipient and the programs supported by SAFE’s 2023 community grants:

  • $10,000 for Child Advocates of El Dorado (CASA) The grant will go toward the nonprofit's ongoing efforts to provide support, empower and be a voice for abused, neglected and at-risk youth in their community. In 2021-2022, CASA served 205 children.

  • $10,000 Soil Born Farms, exclusively offering “farm to wellness” career programs to veterans in the Sacramento region. Located in Rancho Cordova.

  • $10,000 - Yolo Crisis Nursery, Safe Stays Crisis Respite Care program, providing between 2,000 and 2,500 stays for children annually, including 100 parents and children in crisis, a caring and home-like environment for visitors. Serves: Yolo County, Sacramento and Solano counties.

  • $15,000 Foster Youth Education Fund, which supports former foster youth in the Sacramento region, is using the funds to award financial scholarships, as well as laptops to those enrolling or attending a college, university or trade school. 

  • $15,000 grant for Rebuilding Together Sacramento, which provides home improvement services that help vulnerable residents. Grant to be used toward its Safe at Home Program that provides free safety home modifications to older adults, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

  • $20,000 Sierra College Foundation which will use the funds to support the foundation’s Expanded Mental Health Care program at Sierra College. The program provides services to students in need of individualized mental health care.

  • $20,000 in funding for Junior Achievement of Sacramento to help expand the nonprofit’s newer JA WORK$ program pairing its work readiness programs with personal finance management education for students.

  • $20,000 to Volunteers of America of Northern California and Northern Nevada, which used the grant to help fund its transitional housing program – one of the only remaining Sacramento-area organizations providing transitional housing for veterans experiencing homelessness – that serves up to 80 veterans at a time.

In addition, the credit union provides scholarships for college and trade school-bound students, direct giving, sponsorships, and volunteerism.


 Rebecca Delmundo photo SAFE Credit Union VP of Community Relations and Financial Education Rebecca Delmundo

In addition, the credit union provides scholarships for college and trade school-bound students, direct giving, sponsorships, and volunteerism.

For more information email [email protected].


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About SAFE

SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. Over the years the credit union has kept the focus on what really matters, putting members first, a formula that has seen SAFE grow into a leading financial institution in Northern California with $4.7 billion in assets and about 236,000 members. SAFE crafts every cutting-edge product and sterling service with members’ needs foremost in mind. In addition to banking services conveniently available through online, chat, mobile, or phone options, SAFE offers in-person services for members and small businesses at service centers across the Greater Sacramento region. SAFE is a not-for-profit, state-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amador, and Alameda counties. Insured by NCUA. www.safecu.org

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