Village News Reporter
Six Greater Fallbrook organizations were allocated Community Enhancement or Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grants from the County of San Diego during the Sept. 27 San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting.
The supervisors’ 5-0 vote allocated $100,000 to the Fallbrook Senior Citizen’s Service Club, $100,000 to The Friends of the Fallbrook Community Center, $80,000 for the Fallbrook Village Association, $75,000 for the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, $50,000 to the Devil Pups organization on Camp Pendleton and $20,000 to the Armed Services YMCA on Camp Pendleton.
The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program provides grants to nonprofit organizations for the furtherance of public purposes at the regional and community levels. In addition to nonprofit organizations, county supervisors can also fund schools and fire departments, and supervisors can also use money from their budgets to supplement other county funding for specific county projects such as parks, roads, and libraries.
Community Enhancement funds, which are for the most part generated from the Transient Occupancy Tax on lodging facility rooms, are intended to promote tourism including visitors from other parts of the county.
Each county supervisor recommends the allocation of his or her Neighborhood Reinvestment Program and Community Enhancement funds, although those allocations must be approved by a majority of the board. Supervisor Jim Desmond recommended the use of his District 5 funds for the Greater Fallbrook grants.
The Fallbrook Senior Citizen’s Service Club is a nonprofit organization which focuses on promoting healthy aging, independence and the well-being of active older adults in the community. The club provides programs and services which support the dignity and enrichment of life for seniors 50 and older.
Its Home Meals Program delivers nutritious meals at no charge to those in need of such food, especially those who cannot travel to locations to obtain food. The Community Enhancement money will provide funds for home-delivered meals to homebound seniors in Fallbrook, Bonsall, and Rainbow.
Friends of the Fallbrook Community Center is a nonprofit volunteer organization which was founded in 1981 to raise funds to support community use of the Fallbrook Community Center. The community center’s audio and visual technology systems provide recreational services for community residents but also support the county’s emergency services agencies for command and control if needed.
The audio and video infrastructure has not been updated in nearly 40 years. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant will assist with the purchase and installation of technology including audio video presentation systems, a sound reinforcement system, an American Sign Language system, a video recorder, a projector, projector screens, monitors, microphones, speakers, and Internet configuration.
The Fallbrook Village Association received two grants. Desmond’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget provided $50,000 while the Community Enhancement grant was for $30,000. The mission of the Fallbrook Village Association, which was established in 1993, is to promote and support the economic, physical, and cultural revitalization of the Fallbrook area.
The activities of the Fallbrook Village Association include management of various public parks and spaces to keep those areas clean and safe for the public. The newest park is Railroad Heritage Park at the intersection of Main Avenue and West Elder Street, which will recognize Fallbrook’s railroad history and educate residents and visitors about Fallbrook’s agricultural heritage.
The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program allocation will help develop Railroad Heritage Park; the conceptual and architectural design will be followed by park development such as wall installation, handrails, trees, plants, benches, tables, lighting, signage, flooring, fence and trash cans.
The Community Enhancement money will help fund the daily operation and maintenance costs of Vince Ross Village Square, Pico Promenade, Jackie Heyneman Park and Railroad Heritage Park and will also be used for brochures to promote the public use of the parks and venues.
The Fallbrook Land Conservancy was founded in 1988 with the objective of preserving Fallbrook's rural character and natural beauty through the protection of open space and related activities. The FLC owns and manages 3,250 acres of open space and 13 miles of trails, and the organization is involved in tree planting, habitat restoration, and trail maintenance.
The FLC provides guided hikes, and the hiking trails are available to the public at no charge. The equipment and materials needs are on the verge of exceeding the FLC’s current storage capacity. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant will help construct a storage building.
The Devil Pups youth program was founded by retired Marines in 1954. More than 50,000 boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 17 have attended the 10-day annual camp in July, and approximately 3,000 applications for the Devil Pups are received annually.
The "Growth Through Challenge" program includes physical fitness challenges, obstacle courses, educational sessions with Marine Corps personnel, and a tour of the USS Midway Museum.
Each graduate receives an inspirational token of achievement, and the Devil Pups Challenge Coins and other awards as well as participant uniforms and training manuals will be funded by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant.
The Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA has served Marine Corps members and their families since 1943 and provides services and programs intended to enhance the quality of life for military families. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant will help fund the purchase of toys and bicycles to support Camp Pendleton’s Holiday Program events.
The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grants recommended by Desmond and approved by the other supervisors also include $116,388 to the Valley Center Fire Protection District, whose automatic aid agreement with the North County Fire Protection District often sends VCFPD apparatus and personnel into Bonsall and eastern Fallbrook. The county grant will help fund lifesaving equipment including chest compression devices and portable radios with ancillary accessories.