San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Community Center

For more than two decades, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has made generous contributions to nonprofits and government agencies to make a difference in their surrounding communities and Indian Country. Below are some highlights of our charitable giving efforts.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Donates $25K to Family Services Association

Family Services Assoc. donation

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recently donated $25,000 to Family Services Association in support of their Senior Nutrition Program. On March 24, 2021, volunteers distributed curbside meals to 100 seniors at Redlands Senior Center, and then following the curbside distribution volunteers hand delivered meals to over 400 seniors.

Family Services Association of Redlands has been an integral part of the community since 1898 and their mission is to, “Alleviate poverty, encourage self-sufficiency, and promote dignity for all.”

Nearly Ten Thousand School Supplies Donated To Support At-risk Students

During the pandemic students have overcome a great deal of obstacles, especially those who are homeless and in foster care. 

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians called on their 4,000-plus team members, Tribal Citizens, and leveraged their partners, School Specialty and Mark- it Smart, to donate pencils, notepads, paper, earbuds with microphones, hand sanitizer and other essential items – over 9,700 items were collected.

This donation comes just as SBCUSD announced that campuses within the district will continue distance learning for the remainder of the school year for all grade levels. The A.T.L.A.S program relies on community partnerships to help make students successful academically.

The A.T.L.A.S program seeks to remove barriers and provide support services to approximately 1,000 SBCUSD students who are in foster care or facing homelessness.

Read more about the School Supply Donation

San Manuel Partners with American Red Cross and Lifestream to Host Blood Drives

Blood Drive
Blood Drive

In December 2020 and January 2021, The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians partnered with the American Red Cross and LifeStream to host a total of four blood drives.

Together, these blood drives received enough blood donations to help save up to 249 lives in the Inland Empire and beyond.

During the pandemic blood drives have been crucial and the Tribe is extremely grateful to the community for lending a helping hand to those in need.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Surprises 50 Business Owners With $20,000 Each

Check presentation

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians surprised 50 small businesses with $20,000 each in a virtual live stream event. In collaboration with the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) the Southern California tribe announced the San Manuel Cares $1 Million Small Business Relief Fund. Qualifying businesses were selected in part because of their commitment to their communities on the Tribe’s ancestral lands, spanning the San Bernardino valley, up the San Bernardino Mountains and outward to the High Desert.

The financial grants provides the business owners assistance in paycheck protection to fund their current workforce, and cash flow assistance to cover operational expenses, debt relief and business improvements. The Tribe was inspired to support small businesses based in their ancestral territory that have been devastated by the impact of COVID-19.

See the full list of recipients.

Read more about the Small Business Relief Fund.

Giving The Gift Of Hope

This past holiday season San Manuel Band of Mission Indians reached out to serve community members who were hit hardest during this pandemic. The past nine months have left many local families and seniors worried, facing housing insecurity and in urgent need of food.

We answered the call by donating more than $150,000 to local organizations such as the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County, Family Service Association of Redlands, and Catholic Charities San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Contributions made to local organizations include:

  • Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County received $25,000 to support the Community Food Pantry Program
  • Senior Nutrition Program at the Family Service Association of Redlands received $25,000 to provide 3,846 meals for local seniors
  • Catholic Charities San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and Family Services Association each received $50,000 to assist families at-risk of becoming homeless with rental and mortgage assistance
  • Highland Senior Center received $15 Stater Bros. Market gift cards for 60 homebound seniors, along with handwritten notes by San Manuel team members with holiday greetings

We are grateful for the opportunity to reach out and give a hand up to our community members most in need to during this season of hope and healing.

Read more about the $150,000 donation.