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 Surprises 50 Business Owners With $20,000 Each

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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.

SMBMI Donates $250,000 To Las Vegas Non-Profits This Holiday Season

On December 21, 2020, The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donated $250,000 to meet urgent needs of key Las Vegas nonprofits.

The Las Vegas economy, which relies heavily on travel and tourism, has been severely impacted by the COVID crisis, with additional layoffs anticipated. Unemployment in Nevada is nearly double the U.S. unemployment rate of 6.7%.

The $250,000 went to support the following nonprofits:

  • The Public Education Foundation
  • The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
  • The Shade Tree Organization
  • Noah’s Animal House
  • Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada
  • Nevada Public Radio
  • The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Read more about the $250,000 to Las Vegas Non-Profits.

Collecting Toys for SoCal Families and Children

This past 2020 holiday season, we continued our toy drive traditions in hopes of bringing joy to children all across the southland. With many families experiencing financial hardships this year, toy drives are especially important.

Read more about our Annual Toy Drive

SMBMI Youth Committee Donation

SMBMI Youth Committee Donates Clothes & Toys

On December 1, 2020, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Youth Committee shipped over 36 boxes of warm winter clothing and toys for Cheyenne River Youth Project’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is located in South Dakota, where winter temperatures only reach a high of 30 degrees per day and dip even lower at night. The San Manuel Youth Committee’s response to the Tribe’s conditions prompted them to coordinate a clothing and toy drive throughout the entire month of November, amongst their own tribal community.

Since 1990, Cheyenne River has hosted its Annual Christmas Toy Drive as part of its Family Services Initiative, servicing much of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Similar to everyone around the world, the Tribe has remained resilient while enduring many obstacles throughout 2020 and most recently forged ahead with preparing safe curbside distributions for hundreds of families, in which Christmas gifts were delivered to approximately 1,000 children on Christmas Day.

“Our kids have missed out on so much this year,” says Cheyenne River parent Karen Ducheneaux. “We’ve asked them to sacrifice over and over, and they have. So many of our families are struggling even more than usual because of lost employment and stay-at-home orders. Knowing the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) is moving forward with its toy drive despite limitations, is a relief to so many parents. Many families may not have presents to give their children without the work of CRYP and the generosity of its donors, like San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. As a parent, I am so grateful.”