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.

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.