|Cal Poly Pomona Foundation employees Analia Newman and Debra Poe wrap gifts for needy families as part of the CARES program.|
|Cal Poly Pomona Foundation's Alfred Carrillo loads a bike that will be given to a needy family during the holidays.|
The Cal Poly Pomona Foundation?s Community Assistance Reinforcing Education Success (CARES) program has received a Community Service Award from the Pomona Unified School District (PUSD).
CARES was created nearly five years ago as a way for foundation employees to give back to the Pomona Valley and surrounding communities. CARES assists needy families by providing food, clothing, school supplies and other gifts collected throughout the year.
The CARES program was nominated for a PUSD Community Service Award by Kellogg Elementary School. CARES works closely with the school in identifying and assisting needy children and families.
The program was awarded during a ceremony on May 6 at the Village at Indian Hill Conference Center in Pomona. PUSD Board Member John Avila presented a Certificate of Appreciation and plaque to Paul Storey, executive director of the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, and Kathy Ramsey, assistant to the executive director, who represented foundation employees.
Ramsey has spearheaded many CARES activities and brought enthusiasm for volunteerism to foundation employees, says Storey.
?She and many foundation employees have spent countless hours helping others in the community.?
?Our rewards come from the smiles on the faces of the families who we have been able to help,? says Ramsey. ?Volunteerism is the glue that holds a community together and the employees of the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation are happy to have been able to make a difference.?
For more information on CARES, contact Kathy Ramsey at 909-869-2959.