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.

SMBMI, Team Members Bring Holiday Cheer to Local Children and Families

This year, the San Manuel Adopt-a-Family program—an enterprise-wide event where departments work together—assisted a total of 100 area families this year with presents and other items to brighten their holiday season. As they did in 2020, team members provided gifts to families living within the Serrano ancestral lands of San Bernardino and the Barstow area. The Tribe partnered with two local nonprofits it has supported in the past—Desert Sanctuary Inc., which provides social services in Barstow, and Iglesia Cristiana Misionera Supremo Llamamiento, which provides various community resources in San Bernardino.

Additionally—for the third consecutive year—the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians supported the annual Spark of Love toy drive with a $25,000 grant, partnering with KABC-Channel 7 to support the greater Inland Empire. The Spark of Love campaign—celebrating its 29th year in 2021—collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties. All toys collected in each county are distributed within that same community. Over the years, Spark of Love has collected more than nine million toys.

SMBMI Celebrate Gift to ASU California Center

In a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 29, 2021, Arizona State University (ASU) premiered the Yuhaaviatam of San Manuel Event Center at the historic Herald Examiner building in downtown Los Angeles. It recognized San Manuel’s $5 million gift for the recent renovation of the ASU California Center and the Tribe’s support for the Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance programs at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU. Several ASU leaders joined San Manuel Chairman Ken Ramirez and other tribal dignitaries at the event. Ramirez said investing in education that underscores Native American law and Tribal sovereignty is among the core values of the Tribe.

Read more about the ASU California Center dedication.

SMBMI Donates $1 Million to Help End Youth Homelessness in Victorville

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recently donated $1 million to the Family Assistance Program to help end youth homelessness. This money will be used in the expansion of Family Assistance Program’s current youth drop-in and community center in Old Town Victorville. It will create an emergency shelter with 20 beds, a commercial kitchen, and a tiny home village with 14 homes. This will be the first tiny home village exclusively for transitional-age youth experiencing homelessness in California.

“This project will set these young people up for a lifetime of successes,” said Family Assistance Program Executive Director Darryl Evey. “This project will connect homeless youth with emergency services and our other transitional programs that include wraparound care in a part of our community that truly needs it.”

“Our youth are the future and no young adult should ever have to experience not having a roof over their head,” said Chairman Ken Ramirez. “Investing in infrastructure that will provide future generations with the necessary resources to thrive is a top priority for San Manuel.”

Read more about the $1million to the Family Assistance Program.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Named “Responsible Business of the Year”

Global Gaming Awards 2021 recently named the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians as the “Responsible Business of the Year” for its significant contributions to the community during the coronavirus pandemic. This award acknowledges the Tribe and its gaming enterprise for its commitment to corporate social responsibility in the gaming industry.

“Having San Manuel recognized as the ‘Responsible Business of the Year’ is a testament to our Tribal values and we are proud to receive recognition of our philanthropy,” said Chairman Ken Ramirez. “Congratulations to the entire team on a job well done. I look forward to working together to continue these meaningful efforts to give back to our community and those in need.”

Giving back is part of the Tribe’s heritage and core mission, leading to its support of thousands of non-profit organizations in the local community and throughout Indian Country with more than $290 million in philanthropic grants since 2003. In addition, earlier this year, it assisted small businesses within the Tribe’s ancestral territory through a $1 million small business relief fund. The fund awarded $20,000 grants each to 50 small businesses affected by the pandemic.

Read more about the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians being name “Responsible Business of the Year.”

More Than $84,000 Raised in Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Yaamava’ Resort & Casino participated in a breast cancer awareness campaign between September 7 and October 7 to benefit The Pink Ribbon Place, which serves Inland Empire families through no-cost resources and programs.

As part of the team member and Tribal Citizen philanthropy program, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians matched donations made by both team members and Tribal Citizens; a total of $85,094.02 was donated to The Pink Ribbon Place.

Those who donated received a special “Together We Fight. Together We Win” long-sleeved shirt to show support and bring awareness to this disease, which impacts family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers throughout the Inland Empire. Each year, more than 2,000 women in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are diagnosed with breast cancer.

San Manuel is dedicated to the health and wellness of its team members and their families, and supporting this cause is just one of the ways it helps to promote healthier communities. Since 2019, the Tribe and Casino have provided grants to both Susan G. Komen Inland Empire and The Pink Ribbon Place.