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 Bernardino Animal Shelter Receives $1.5 Million Grant from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Donation to SB Animal Shelter

This past April, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians provided a $1.5 million grant to the City of San Bernardino’s Animal Services Department.

The grant is intended to kick-off efforts by the city to improve general operations of the existing San Bernardino Animal Shelter and eventually build a new shelter. In November 2020, the city council created a donation fund so individuals and organizations could support this effort and improve future animal care programming.

“We are looking forward to working with the city on what we hope provides a great opportunity for the community and our animal friends,” said San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman Ken Ramirez. “As stewards of the land and of its inhabitants, we follow our ancestor’s legacy by not only looking out for our people and the community, but also its animals.”

The new shelter will be a resource for the citizens of San Bernardino where they can find their lost pet, come and adopt a new family member or receive support or veterinary care to help them keep their current pet.

Read more about the $1.5 million grant to San Bernardino Animal Shelter.

Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 2021 – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has awarded a $4 million grant to Goodwill Southern California to provide job training and placement services in the Inland Empire. The grant is a milestone for Goodwill Southern California as it is the largest ever made in the nonprofit’s 105-year history. A video press conference to announce the grant is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Click here to view the press conference.

“San Manuel is all about giving a hand up,” said Ken Ramirez, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman. “The Inland Empire, where the San Manuel Reservation is located, was hit hard by unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are giving an additional four million dollars to Goodwill Southern California to be able to provide services, whether it’s a career pathway or opportunities to rejoin the workforce as the economy recovers from the pandemic.”

This is the second major gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to Goodwill Southern California. In 2017, the Tribe awarded a three-year grant of $3,380,000. San Manuel is one of the top 10 private employers in the Inland empire with more than 5,000 employees.

The grant will pay out over three years and will fund job training locally. Goodwill Southern California operates three Workforce and Career Development Centers in the Inland Empire, which provide career education, training, work experience and job placement services. The grant supports Goodwill Southern California’s century-old mission: “to transform lives through the power of work.”

“We are very grateful to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, whose generous investment in our community will support the work of our dedicated, passionate, and talented workforce development team in providing job counseling, training, placement and coaching for those in the Inland Empire with barriers to employment,” said Patrick McClenahan, president and CEO of Goodwill Southern California.

While the economy is starting to recover this spring, the need for workforce development is great. Pandemic-related layoffs disproportionately affected low-income and service sector workers whose jobs can’t be done from home. These affected workers – many of them people of color – will need job skills training to transition to new industries and occupations.

According to the state Employment Development Department, the Inland Empire’s unemployment rate averaged 8 percent in February, compared to 4 percent in February 2020. This grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will allow Goodwill Southern California to increase its ability to provide employment services to meet the needs of the thousands of workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to expand its successful models to educate and upskill workers for next-level jobs in Goodwill Southern California’s Career Pathways Program.

Goodwill Southern California partners with companies, community organizations and government agencies to provide job training and placement. Its social enterprise, including its network of thrift stores, allows the nonprofit to provide services to individuals with the greatest barriers to employment, including veterans, homeless, individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth, the formerly incarcerated, and many more. To raise awareness and support for this mission, Goodwill recently launched the “Do Good. Do Goodwill.” campaign. In conjunction with the “Do Goodwill” campaign, Goodwill Southern California has established the Goodwill SoCal Jobs Accelerator Fund to expand its capacity to serve Southern California in this time of need.

To support Goodwill Southern California’s “Do Good. Do Goodwill” campaign, and the Jobs Accelerator Fund directly, please visit Give.Goodwillsocal.org or Text “JOBS” to (323) 443-1277.

About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. As an indigenous community the origins and history of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians stem from our relationship with the land, and extend to all who share it. For more information, visit https://www.sanmanuel-nsn.gov.

About Goodwill Southern California
Transforming lives through the power of work, Goodwill Southern California (GSC) serves individuals with disabilities or other vocational challenges, as well as businesses, by providing education, training, work experience and job placement services. Each year, GSC prepares and places thousands of individuals into sustainable employment through programs and services offered at three campuses, Career Resource Centers, WorkSource Centers, Deaf, Youth and Veteran Employment Programs throughout Los Angeles (north of Rosecrans Ave.), Riverside and San Bernardino counties. GSC supports its mission with proceeds generated from more than 80 stores and 20 attended donation centers. GSC spends 95 percent of its budget on programs and services. Committed to caring for the earth, each year GSC diverts more than 100 million pounds of reusable or recyclable goods from landfills. Goodwill is GOOD for everyone!

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.