Fresno region nonprofits receive BofA grants

Bank of America awards grants to 13 organizations addressing basic needs of hunger, shelter and job readiness in Fresno-Visalia region

(Serena Bettis)
Mid Valley Times Staff
Published June 7, 2024  • 
10:00 am

FRESNO – Bank of America recently awarded its first round of grants for 2024, totaling $252,745 to several nonprofits serving Fresno, Tulare, Merced, Madera and Kings counties that focus on improving the lives of individuals and families in underserved communities.

The grants provide funding to nonprofits that help address basic needs such as hunger relief, youth and family emergency needs, homelessness services and job readiness. Fresno area recipients include the Marjaree Mason Center, which last year provided shelter and supportive services to over 7,500 adults and children, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fresno County, which has a new Career Launch 2024 program that provides workplace and financial education to teens at clubs in Reedley, Sanger, Selma and Clovis.

Other recipients include Live Again Fresno Ministries for a variety of food programs, Poverello House’s Rapid Rehousing Program for providing rental assistance and case management for up to one year for individuals and families and GRID Alternatives for upgrading its solar installation teaching equipment to current state-of-the-art technology. 

Our long standing partnership with Bank of America is making a positive impact for our vulnerable community members,”  Poverello House CEO Zachary Darrah said via announcement. “Rapid Rehousing will be an important tool in our efforts to help end homelessness. We deeply appreciate the bank’s continued trust in the work we do at Poverello House.” 

The Bank of America Fresno and Visalia president Mark Riley said improving economic mobility for low- and moderate-income households is a key part of the bank’s overall philanthropic approach.

“Partnering with impactful local organizations to address the important needs the Central Valley is experiencing is part of our commitment to creating real change in the region,” Riley said via announcement. 

Other recipients in the region include Kings Community Action Organization and the Madera Rescue Mission.

This first round of grants the bank will award this year builds on the $3.6 million Bank of America has provided to area organizations since 2019 and are part of its longstanding commitment to supporting economic opportunity for diverse communities, according to the announcement. In addition, their employee volunteerism continues to be important with employees in the five-county region logging more than 45,000 volunteer hours since 2019.

Bank of America describes itself as one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company looks to provide unmatched convenience in the U.S., serving approximately 69 million consumers and small business clients with approximately 3,800 retail financial centers, approximately 15,000 ATMs and award-winning digital banking with approximately 57 million verified digital users. 

The company serves clients through operations across the U.S., its territories and more than 35 countries.

Mid Valley Times Staff