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.

Torres Martinez Health Clinic Opens

The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians celebrated the grand opening of its new Torres Martinez Health Clinic on July 9, 2021. Emceed by Torres Martinez Tribal Vice Chairman Joseph Mireles, the celebration featured a blessing, speeches, bird singing, and a tour of the clinic

The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians received a $1 million grant from SMBMI to support the construction of the clinic, which will integrate primary and behavioral health care as well as provide dental, optometry, pharmacy, and WIC services. Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health will oversee the clinic.

Riverside San Bernardino Indian Health provides culturally sensitive healthcare and promotes wellness. It operates seven clinics and one outreach office to a consortium of tribal governments. San Manuel has supported the organization since 2005 for various programs as well as clinic renovations and new construction projects.

Summer of Yawa’

SMBMI Donates To Make-A-Wish Foundation & A.T.L.A.S. Program

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino recently partnered with the Highland and San Bernardino communities as well as Tribal Citizens and team members to collect items for Make-a-Wish Foundation Orange County & Inland Empire and San Bernardino County Unified School District’s Access to Learning for All Students (A.T.L.A.S.) program.

More than 5,300 items will be donated to the two organizations, including 500 full-sized tubes of name-brand toothpaste, 300 full-sized deodorant sticks, 100 duffle bags, 100 lap desks, and more than 1,500 pairs of new socks. Other donations included board games, school supplies hygiene items, toys, journals, beanies, beach towels, and umbrellas.

Tribal Citizens, team members, and residents were encouraged to donate items July 7 through August 14. Team members could also donate through a payroll deduction program. Contributions could be dropped off Brightwater Senior Living in Highland, the Highland Chamber of Commerce, and Bear Springs Hotel in Highland. Additionally, a special drive-through collection event was held at San Manuel Village in Highland on August 7 and donations were accepted during games at San Manuel Stadium August 11-14.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Collaborates To Open Accessible Playground at Lionel E. Hudson Park

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Collaborates To Open Accessible Playground at Lionel E. Hudson Park
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Collaborates To Open Accessible Playground at Lionel E. Hudson Park

Kids in San Bernardino now have a new exciting place to play thanks to a collaboration between the City of San Bernardino, LA Kings, LA Galaxy, and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians with KABOOM!—a national nonprofit dedicated to playspace equity. With COVID-19 restrictions easing, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling celebration of the new accessible playground at Lionel E. Hudson Park took place Saturday, May 22.

SMBMI contributed $200,000 to help make the project possible, along with additional contributions from the LA Kings, LA Galaxy, KABOOM!, and the City of San Bernardino.

“This new playground will bring children of all abilities together to play and laugh. To see children at play once again will be music to our hearts,” said City of San Bernardino Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services Jim Tickemyr.

“The Spirit of Yawa’ – to act on one’s beliefs – inspires us to improve the quality of life here in our ancestral lands of San Bernardino,” said San Manuel Chairman Ken Ramirez. “Offering children safe, enriching places to play and develop physically, socially, and emotionally will benefit our community far into the future.”

In January 2020, local kids contributed drawings of their dream playgrounds that were then used as inspiration for the Hudson Park playspace design, which features a climbing apparatus and logic games as well as accessibility features such as a wheelchair glider and ADA-compliant ramps and sidewalks.

Read more about the Collaboration to Open an Accessible Playground at Lionel E. Hudson Park.

SMBMI and Inland Empire 66ers Take Nurses “Out to the Ballgame” during Nurses Week

Given the challenges nurses have endured throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians wanted to recognize and show their appreciation for all their hard work during National Nurses Week (May 6-12). That’s why SMBMI and the Inland Empire 66ers invited local nurses to one of three recent 66ers baseball games at San Manuel Stadium.

Nurses were provided with four complimentary tickets for themselves and three guests to attend the Friday, May 7, Saturday, May 8, or Sunday, May 9 games. They also were given four complimentary food vouchers and complimentary parking.

Nurses in attendance were surprised with a raffle during the second, fourth, and sixth innings of each game to win a FireTV Cube plus a $50 SpaFinder gift card or a Boom Bluetooth Speaker plus a $50 SpaFinder gift card. In the seventh inning, they could win an Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS) 44mm plus a $100 SpaFinder gift card.

The May 7 game was postponed, however, another Nurses Night is planned for Friday, May 21 for those who RSVP’d for the May 7 game.

Local hospitals and medical centers invited to participate in this special San Manuel and 66ers’ Nurses Week celebration due to a long-standing relationship with SMBMI included Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dignity Health (Community Hospital of San Bernardino and St. Bernardine Medical Center), and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donates $4 million to create more jobs through Goodwill Southern California

On April 21, 2021, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians 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.

“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,” said Ken Ramirez, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman.

This is the second major grant that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has provided to Goodwill Southern California. In 2017, the Tribe awarded a three-year grant of $3,380,000.

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.”

Read more about the $4 million grant to Goodwill Southern California.