Community-Based Nonprofit, Reach Out, Launches Inaugural Dia de los Muertos Jurupa Valley Event

 Reach Out, a nonprofit organization that has been serving the inland region of Southern California for 53 years, is proud to announce the launch of its inaugural Jurupa Valley Dia de los Muertos community event. This free cultural event offers residents a family-driven celebration that commemorates Jurupa Valley’s rich history. The first-of-its-kind event in the city will provide space for the community to unite in celebrating the lives of their passed loved ones. Additionally, the event will have art and food vendors, live music, escaramuzas (female equestrian team), charros, lucha libre, ballet folklorico groups, and so much more. For more info 909.245.1156.

Dia de los Muertos Jurupa Valley is sponsored in part by Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District, City of Jurupa Valley, Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center, Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, Riverside County Supervisor Karen Spiegel, Inland Empire Health Plan, Molina Health Care, Burrtec, The District @ Rubidoux, and Southern California Gas Company.

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Eye to Eye Named Best Nonprofit to Work For 2022 By The Nonprofit Times

NEW YORKApril 4, 2022PRLog — Eye to Eye is honored to once again be named a Best Nonprofit to Work For in 2022 by The NonProfit Times! Nationally, Eye to Eye ranks 31st overall.

Eye to Eye was first named to the list in 2018, which is compiled in conjunction with Best Companies Group and identifies nonprofit organizations that have excelled in creating quality workplaces. This survey and awards program is designed to identify and recognize the 50 best employers in the nonprofit industry.

“All of us at Eye to Eye are thrilled to receive this honor,” said President Marcus Soutra. “The creativity, passion, and resiliency of this team inspires me every day.” In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, many organizations have shifted to a remote work environment as much as possible to protect their employees. For more than a decade, nonprofits that make the list have been characterized by flexible working hours and remote working. Those organizations that placed the most emphasis on employee well-being during this shift topped the list. “The last two years have been an exceptionally challenging time for everyone and I’m so thrilled that the efforts and success of the whole team are being celebrated in this way.”

Other key categories used to evaluate the leading organizations included Leadership and Planning, Pay and Benefits, Culture and Communications, Work Environment, and Overall Engagement. Overall, Eye to Eye ranked high in employee survey measures with a strong emphasis on the sense of meaning and purpose working at Eye to Eye provides.

“I love coming to work every day knowing that my colleagues – who are from different backgrounds all across the United States and beyond – are all here for the same reason: the mission,” shared Alicia Siegel, Development Manager. “We are different in many ways, but our shared values and commitment to the Eye to Eye vision unite us. Knowing that my colleagues believe deeply in an anti-ableist world helps me to feel inspired and excited to do this work.”

Eye to Eye is focused on empowering students who learn differently and creating an equitable educational system. The nonprofit seeks to create a world where all students are seen, heard, and valued for their unique learning styles, regardless of their socioeconomic background, gender, or race. The workplace at Eye to Eye reflects the diversity of thought, perspectives, and lived experiences they cultivate in their communities. The work of creating educational equity for all learners is enhanced by the unique experiences and backgrounds of each member of Eye to Eye and is exemplified in the organization’s core values (

“I value most our commitment to learning, collaboration, and continuous improvement,” said Simmi Goomer, Chief Impact Officer. “As a team, we embrace the value and the importance of learning and learning together. Identifying as a learning organization means that we get to dig into the learning together, hold ourselves accountable to doing something with our learnings, and engage in reflective practice all throughout the year and not just at year-end.”

In addition to Eye to Eye’s work, the Eye to Eye team highlighted company culture strongly throughout the results.

“My favorite thing working at Eye to Eye is the people. When you love the people you enjoy coming to work every single day,” shared Melba Fidalgo, Special Assistant to the CEO & President.

“I love the team spirit, passion, understanding, and dedication everyone brings to the table. Also, being a small nonprofit, I love how accessible the Executive Team and senior leadership are,” Diego Rivera, People, and Operations Manager added. “You get that in a lot of other nonprofits but what sets Eye to Eye apart is the combination of both: the team spirit and passion alongside reach from top leaders.”

Local Nonprofit Hires First Executive Director

 Cathy Robertson is the organization’s first Executive Director. Robertson, who has served as a long-term volunteer and board Chair, will now be responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, volunteers and strategic plan of the organization. The duties are in three main categories: supervision, administration and community development. This is accomplished by working closely with the Board of Directors and Chaplain to plan events, direct programs and coordinate the ministry’s administrative operation.

More than 36 years ago, the state of NC contacted a group of local ministers in Davidson County and asked them to provide a community-funded Chaplain for the campus. That is how Davidson Prison Ministry started and has continued to faithfully fund a Chaplain for all these many years. The Chaplain coordinates all the religious services, counseling, volunteers and religious programs for the prison.

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Chicago Nonprofit Supporting Families Living with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Secures $1M Donation

CHICAGODec. 14, 2021PRLog — Chicago nonprofit Lorenzo’s House, an organization that works to empower families navigating younger-onset Alzheimer’s through innovative, specialized programming for both the person diagnosed, their care-partner-spouse and children, is capping off its eventful first year of operation by announcing a $1 million donation from an anonymous donor.

Founded just 11 months ago, Lorenzo’s House aims to reach families locally, nationally, and internationally. The donation will be used as seed funding to scale programs to match the demand in the community of overwhelmed and isolated families. Worldwide, an estimated 3.9 million people aged 30 to 65 years old are diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

The nonprofit has reached thousands of people, including this recent donor, who said in a statement: “As someone who was a care-partner myself, I am so pleased to find a deserving place for this donation to carry on my late husband’s legacy. I have been searching for a place that takes an innovative approach to making a difference in the Alzheimer’s community, and I found it in Lorenzo’s House.”

“There is a huge need here – a need for community, for resources, and empowerment for the whole family in a comprehensive, integrated manner. As a social entrepreneur, I saw opportunities to bring light and our pilot projects this year have been very successful,” said Diana Shulla Cose, the founding executive director of Lorenzo’s House. “We are building a holistic support model that cares for the whole family – that’s been missing in this community.”

Shulla Cose is no stranger to finding inventive ways to provide services to overlooked communities. She served for 25 years as co-founder and president of Perspectives Schools, a network of public charter schools in Chicago. The network scaled from 40 students to over 2000 students with 250 staff, thanks in part to the $50M that was raised under her leadership.

In 2017, her husband Lorenzo was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s, turning life upside down for the couple and their two sons, just 11 and 14 at the time. She founded Lorenzo’s House out of a compelling desire to fill a gaping care and connection gap and empower her own family, as well as other families living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

“This niche group in the Alzheimer’s community is misunderstood and under-resourced,” said Dr. James Mastrianni, the Director of the Memory Center at the University of Chicago, and a Lorenzo’s House ally. “They struggle to find specialized resources as a younger family who is still working and raising children. As a neurologist, all too often I see the multidimensional problems experienced with a younger-onset diagnosis. We need a place like Lorenzo’s House to send families – a place that is creating a way for families to come together and to be empowered.”

Lorenzo’s House is currently wrapping up its ‘100 Days of Light’ end-of-year fundraising campaign, for which it has already raised over $250,000 from donations of $10 and more.

The resources couldn’t come at a more important time. “Every day, I hear from families, social workers, and medical professionals emphasizing how important our work is,” said Shulla Cose. “Thanks to the breathtaking generosity of this $1 million donation, we will build out our infrastructure and develop our programming. Our mission resonates with so many who are walking this very difficult path, and we intend to bring solidarity and comfort to them all.  We are just getting started.”

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