The Auen Foundation

Auen Foundation grants will help students in financial “gap”

While col­lege is an excit­ing time for many stu­dents, oth­ers have the stress­ful real­ity of financ­ing their edu­ca­tion to sup­port their dreams. Two grants from the Auen Foun­da­tion aim to alle­vi­ate that bur­den for some local col­lege stu­dents caught in what is termed a “gap.” This is where many stu­dents fall when they don’t qual­ify for state and fed­eral need-based aid, but have dif­fi­culty pay­ing for col­lege expenses, par­tic­u­larly when unfore­seen cir­cum­stances arise. “Many stu­dents are above the income thresh­old, but are still strug­gling to pay for school and the cost of liv­ing,” said Peter Stur­geon, with the Col­lege of the Desert (COD) Foun­da­tion, which received a $50,000 grant to assist stu­dents in its rig­or­ous nurs­ing pro­gram. “This is espe­cially dif­fi­cult for those peo­ple sup­port­ing more than just them­selves. Many of our nurs­ing stu­dents are sin­gle par­ents and vet­er­ans, look­ing to improve their lives and the finan­cial secu­rity of their families.” “These funds will help stu­dents who are prob­a­bly already mak­ing sac­ri­fices and fac­ing chal­lenges to attend uni­ver­sity,” said Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty, Dean of Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity, San Bernardino (CSUSB) Palm Desert Cam­pus, which received a $50,000 grant ear­marked for emer­gency assis­tance for qual­i­fy­ing students. As stu­dents apply for these emer­gency grants, CSUSB Palm Desert Cam­pus admin­is­tra­tors plan to col­lect addi­tional data to deter­mine con­sis­tent obsta­cles that impede on col­lege stu­dents’ suc­cesses. It is already known that the col­lege attain­ment rate in the Coachella Val­ley is less than 30 per­cent for all adults, and only 12 per­cent for His­panic adults, which make up 40 per­cent of the com­mu­nity. Under­stand­ing how to attract and sup­port addi­tional stu­dents is a com­po­nent of how the Auen Foun­da­tion gift will fur­ther assist CSUSB Palm Desert Campus. “The Auen Foun­da­tion believes in the impor­tance of higher edu­ca­tion in our com­mu­nity, and we con­tin­u­ally look for ways to part­ner with our local col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties,” said Catharine Reed, Senior Pro­gram Offi­cer of the Auen Foun­da­tion. “A col­lege edu­ca­tion is becom­ing increas­ingly crit­i­cal for job secu­rity, and we want to sup­port those stu­dents in our area who are mak­ing a com­mit­ment to achieve that goal.” Each insti­tu­tion has its own appli­ca­tion process to qual­ify stu­dents for grants between $1,500-$2,500 per cal­en­dar year to sup­port imme­di­ate and short-term chal­lenges that hin­der indi­vid­ual suc­cess. Fund­ing is allo­cated on a case-by-case basis, but pos­si­ble uses may include text­book and other course sup­plies, short-term trans­porta­tion needs, sup­port for house­hold basics in extra­or­di­nary...
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Auen Foundation sponsors two guide dog puppies in training

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Auen Foun­da­tion recently met two pup­pies they are spon­sor­ing for guide dog train­ing at Guide Dogs of the Desert. Sher­rie Auen, Pro­gram Direc­tor, and Catharine Reed, Senior Pro­gram Offi­cer, named the stan­dard poo­dles Katie and Sandy after fam­ily members. “It was great to meet these pup­pies, which will be trained to make an impor­tant impact in two people’s lives,” said Reed. “These lov­able pup­pies have no idea how impor­tant that are.” The pup­pies will first be raised by a fos­ter fam­ily until they are 18–20 months old, and then they will live and train at the facil­ity in White­wa­ter where they will par­tic­i­pate in a rig­or­ous 4–6 month train­ing. If the dogs com­plete the pro­gram and reach grad­u­a­tion, each will be placed with a per­son who is visu­ally impaired. Together this new team will train fur­ther at the organization’s live-in facil­ity for 28 days in order for the dog to help pro­vide its new owner safe mobil­ity, com­pan­ion­ship and independence. Since 1972, Guide Dogs of the Desert has grad­u­ated more than 1,375 teams from its pro­gram, all accred­ited by the Inter­na­tional Guide Dog Fed­er­a­tion. The orga­ni­za­tion breeds and has rela­tion­ships with breed­ers of Labrador Retriev­ers, Golden Retriev­ers, Stan­dard Poo­dles, and some Ger­man Shepherds. “By care­fully main­tain­ing a spe­cific pedi­gree, we increase our suc­cess of grad­u­at­ing highly qual­i­fied dogs that can truly enhance a person’s life,” said Sarah Clapp, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Guide Dogs of the Desert. “It was won­der­ful to see how these pup­pies are cared for and trained in a very spe­cific way that has a high suc­cess rate,” said Auen. “We are look­ing for­ward to com­ing back to watch our Katie and Sandy grad­u­ate with their own­ers and see them off to a life of ser­vice that only these specially-trained dogs can pro­vide. It’s all very heart­warm­ing, and we are happy to be a part of this process.” Guide Dogs of the Desert is located at 60735 Dil­lon Road, White­wa­ter. For more infor­ma­tion visit guidedogsofthedesert.org or call (760)...
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Coachella Valley Horse Rescue receives relief for summer camp

Coachella Val­ley Horse Res­cue was thrilled when two air con­di­tion­ing units were donated to the non­profit orga­ni­za­tion by Tar­kett, based in Solon, Ohio. The AC units were installed in the ranch’s club­house, where the non­profit teaches kids 7–18 years-old equine edu­ca­tion dur­ing sum­mer camp. How­ever, after the AC units were installed, orga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives – which spend all year res­cu­ing, reha­bil­i­tat­ing and find­ing lov­ing homes for neglected and abused horses – were faced with the real­ity that they needed to upgrade the facil­ity in order to effi­ciently cool the club­house, even with the new AC units. The orga­ni­za­tion appealed to its sup­port­ers, who con­tacted the Auen Foundation. “We never want to be a res­cue facil­ity that needs to be res­cued,” said David DiMeno, Pres­i­dent of Coachella Val­ley Horse Res­cue and Coachella Val­ley Mounted Rangers. “The Auen Foun­da­tion helped make this pos­si­ble. Now we can start sum­mer camp with a cool club­house and then use it all year long as we con­tinue to edu­cate the community.” The Auen Foun­da­tion pro­vided a grant to insu­late a por­tion of the club­house, add an inte­rior wall, install a slid­ing glass door, drop a por­tion of the ceil­ing and redo light­ing within the lower ceil­ing. All of the upgrades – to increase the facility’s max­i­mum cool­ing poten­tial – were man­aged by Supe­rior Heat­ing and Air Conditioning. “Often, projects are best accom­plished through a part­ner­ship,” said Catharine Reed, Senior Pro­gram Offi­cer for the Auen Foun­da­tion. “Coachella Val­ley Horse Res­cue found that an air con­di­tioner dona­tion was not enough. They dis­cov­ered they also needed addi­tional upgrades in order for the AC units to run most effi­ciently. We are happy we could help this orga­ni­za­tion that helps many ani­mals and peo­ple in a num­ber of ways.” The pri­mary mis­sion of Coachella Val­ley Horse Res­cue is to res­cue and care for abused and neglected horses and find them safe homes. In addi­tion, the orga­ni­za­tion part­ners with other non­profit orga­ni­za­tions through­out the Coachella Val­ley to edu­cate chil­dren and adults about ani­mal cru­elty and equine education. Begin­ning June 12, Coachella Val­ley Horse Res­cue is offer­ing three 3-day sum­mer camp ses­sions. Campers learn to ride and care for horses daily from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at the organization’s 8-acre facil­ity in Indio. And, now, class­room time will be espe­cially cool – thanks to the grant from the Auen Foundation. For more infor­ma­tion about Coachella Val­ley Horse Res­cue or the sum­mer camp call 760–808-6279 or...
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Foundation continues support of AAP food voucher program

AAP - Food Samar­i­tans (AAP) announced today that the Auen Foun­da­tion recently awarded a $25,000 grant to the orga­ni­za­tion to sup­port its food voucher pro­gram for low-income Coachella Val­ley res­i­dents who suf­fer from HIV/AIDS and other chronic ill­nesses. This is the 18th con­sec­u­tive year that the Auen Foun­da­tion has sup­ported this pro­gram.“We are impressed by the AAP – Food Samar­i­tans recent expan­sion of its mis­sion,” said Catharine Reed, Senior Pro­gram Offi­cer for the Auen Foun­da­tion. “For more than 26 years, this orga­ni­za­tion has offered nutri­tional sup­port to Coachella Val­ley res­i­dents that need it the most. Orig­i­nally, AAP was focused on serv­ing peo­ple liv­ing with HIV/AIDS, but they recently expanded their mis­sion to include peo­ple liv­ing with other chronic ill­nesses. We applaud this expan­sion and out­reach to some of our community’s most vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents.”AAP – Food Samar­i­tans was founded in 1991 to help the most at-risk mem­bers of the Greater Palm Springs com­mu­nity – peo­ple who are low-income and com­pro­mised by HIV/AIDS. It recently expanded its ser­vices to include peo­ple suf­fer­ing from can­cer, MS, heart or liver dis­ease, and other chronic ill­nesses. Its ongo­ing mis­sion is to ensure that all AAP clients can con­tinue to live their lives with dig­nity and self-respect.“I’m pleased that AAP – Food Samar­i­tans has had such a ben­e­fi­cial and long-standing rela­tion­ship with the Auen Foun­da­tion,” said Mark Anton, CEO and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of AAP. “Their ongo­ing sup­port of AAP has played a vital role in ensur­ing that we con­tinue to ful­fill our mis­sion of pro­vid­ing monthly nutri­tional sup­port to low income Coachella Val­ley res­i­dents who live with chronic ill­ness. AAP does not receive fed­eral or state finan­cial assis­tance, so gen­er­ous pri­vate dona­tions like this allow us to con­tinue to sup­port the peo­ple who need...
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Auen Foundation grant assists CSUSB Palm Desert Campus students

The Auen Foun­da­tion awarded Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity, San Bernardino Palm Desert Cam­pus with emer­gency and gap fund­ing for stu­dents who qual­ify. The $50,000 grant was pre­sented to CSUSB Palm Desert Cam­pus to cre­ate a needs-based, finan­cial sup­port sys­tem for cur­rent stu­dents enrolled in the region’s only four-year pub­lic uni­ver­sity. “These funds will help stu­dents who are prob­a­bly already mak­ing sac­ri­fices and fac­ing chal­lenges to attend uni­ver­sity,” said Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty, Dean of CSUSB Palm Desert Cam­pus. “An incred­i­ble 60 per­cent of our stu­dents qual­ify for max­i­mum fed­eral and state finan­cial aid, and 36 per­cent of our stu­dents live at or below the poverty line. For those stu­dents scrap­ing to assure they are in col­lege, the expenses of books and even food and trans­porta­tion can be addi­tional bar­ri­ers we are work­ing to over­come by estab­lish­ing this pro­gram through the gen­er­ous sup­port of the Auen Foun­da­tion.” Through an appli­ca­tion and inter­view process, stu­dents are pro­vided with grants of up to $1,500 per cal­en­dar year to sup­port imme­di­ate and short-term chal­lenges that hin­der indi­vid­ual suc­cess. Fund­ing will be allo­cated on a case-by-case basis, but pos­si­ble uses may include book and class mate­r­ial expenses, short-term trans­porta­tion needs, sup­port for house­hold basics in extra­or­di­nary cir­cum­stances, or tem­po­rary child­care resources. As stu­dents apply for these emer­gency grants, CSUSB Palm Desert Cam­pus admin­is­tra­tors plan to col­lect addi­tional data to deter­mine con­sis­tent obsta­cles that impede on col­lege stu­dents’ suc­cesses. It is already known that the col­lege attain­ment rate in the Coachella Val­ley is less than 30 per­cent for all adults, and only 12 per­cent for His­panic adults, which make up 40 per­cent of the com­mu­nity. Under­stand­ing how to attract and sup­port addi­tional stu­dents in sec­ondary edu­ca­tion is a com­po­nent of how the Auen Foun­da­tion gift will fur­ther assist CSUSB Palm Desert Cam­pus. “The Auen Foun­da­tion believes in the impor­tance of higher edu­ca­tion in our com­mu­nity, and we have been sup­port­ing Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Cam­pus and its stu­dents since we moved here,” said Catharine Reed, Senior Pro­gram Offi­cer of the Auen Foun­da­tion. “Sec­ondary edu­ca­tion is becom­ing increas­ingly crit­i­cal for job secu­rity, and we want to sup­port those stu­dents in our area who are mak­ing a com­mit­ment to achieve that goal.” CSUSB Palm Desert Cam­pus is located at 37500 Cook Street, Palm Desert. For more infor­ma­tion visit www.pdc.csusb.edu or call (760)...
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Construction begins on the Kenneth P. Miles Hangar

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Auen Foun­da­tion joined many other Palm Springs Air Museum donors as con­struc­tion on the organization’s fourth hanger began. Three years in the mak­ing, the Ken­neth P. Miles Korean and Viet­nam War Hangar will house vin­tage air­craft and arti­facts from the Viet­nam, Korean and Cold War eras as well as a POW/MIA display. As a vin­tage T-28 amazed the crowd of about 100 with a fly over, Karen Miles, widow of the late Major Gen­eral Ken Miles, a loyal sup­porter of the museum, led the beam-signing event. Other donors and beam sign­ers in atten­dance included Lew and Dorothy Webb, Robert Webb, Fritz Frauchiger, Monte Marts, and Rhonda Smith. Palm Springs Air Museum Board mem­bers attend­ing included Fred Bell, Robert Borns, Bill Bramer, Dan Gilbert­son, Jim Hous­ton, Bill Hughes, and Dr. Dave Thomp­son as well as museum staff, vol­un­teers, and var­i­ous com­mu­nity sup­port­ers. Com­ments were made by Bell, Gilbert­son, Miles, Toni Aguil­lar for Con­gress­man Dr. Raul Ruiz’s office and Rita Massie for Super­vi­sor John Benoit’s office. All guests attended a catered lunch by Carousel in the Pacific Hanger after the sign­ing ceremony. Gen­eral vis­i­tors to the museum were also offered an oppor­tu­nity to sign the hanger beam through­out the day. The fol­low­ing day, the beam was raised into posi­tion. The $2.25 mil­lion, 20,000 square foot hangar is 2–3 months away from com­ple­tion thanks to gen­er­ous sup­port of many addi­tional com­mu­nity donors includ­ing the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foun­da­tion, the Auen Foun­da­tion, Toy­ota Motor Sales of North Amer­ica, Mona and Ed Sher, Harold Matzner, Jolinda Parker, Phil Hixon and many others. The Palm Springs Air Museum is located at 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs. The museum is open to the pub­lic daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The non­profit organization’s next fundrais­ing event is the Palm Springs Air Museum’s 20th Anniver­sary Gala on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 17. For more infor­ma­tion, visit palmspringsairmuseum.org or call...
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