Orinda Community Foundation Offers Grants to Benefit Orinda Seniors

Recognizing the challenges faced by many Orinda seniors, the Orinda Community Foundation (OCF) is seeking grant applications from groups or organizations that may offer solutions.

The funds available from the OCF result from the generosity of a couple who found a home in Orinda after escaping the Holocaust in Europe during World War Two. Originally from Hungary, Ernest and Lola Poll moved to Orinda in 1949, opening Village Cleaners and becoming deeply involved in the community. The late couple created a trust to benefit senior housing, transportation and programs in their adopted community. Many local projects and organizations have already benefited from the Poll’s generosity. The OCF is hopeful that the remaining funds can help seniors get around and stay connected with their community.

The Foundation welcomes any application that offers possible solutions to the challenges that Orinda seniors face to getting to appointments, shopping or accessing beneficial programs. While the OCF recognizes that several senior programs already exist that address these needs, such as the Orinda Association’s Seniors Around Town volunteer ride program and the City of Orinda Community Center, additional resources are needed.

Grant applications can be downloaded on the OCF’s website, www.orindafoundation.org. The only firm requirement is that all grant funds must benefit Orinda senior citizens and applying organizations must be recognized as 501(c)(3) non-profit by the IRS. Grant applications must be received by September 15, 2017. Please submit to the Orinda Community Foundation, P.O. Box 21, Orinda, CA 94563 or email orindafoundation@gmail.com. Questions may be addressed to OCF President Sue Severson at previous email or 925-254-1679.

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