Beneficiaries

Service Above Self

The beneficiaries designated to benefit from the 2017 Taste of Rancho Santa Fe are local non-profits with missions that align with that of Rotary International: to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.

Welcome to our 2017 beneficiaries:

Would you like your organization to be considered as a beneficiary for next year? If so, please email TasteofRSF@gmail.com

Snap (Spay-Neuter Action Project)

Mission: 

SNAP’s mission is to save the lives of companion animals in San Diego County through prevention – providing public awareness, educational materials, affordable spay/neuter procedures and subsidies when qualified. SNAP reduces pet overpopulation and the cruel reality of euthanasia in our shelters of these unwanted dogs and cats.

About: What Does SNAP Do?

SNAP has spayed and neutered over 55,000 dogs and cats in San Diego county from low-income households for pet owners who could not possibly afford the surgery at a private veterinary clinic.  The SNAP surgical team has accomplished this by taking the mobile unit, the “Neuter Scooter,” into financially challenged communities — “delivering” spay and neuter services directly to neighborhoods.   SNAP operates 16- 20 clinics a month, fixing 25-30 pets per clinic, educating hundreds of adults and children, preventing thousands of unwanted litters, therefore saving more lives of companion animals.  With a budget of $550,000, SNAP relies completely on donations and grants, and makes every penny count!

ConnectMed International

Mission: Promote sustainable, multidisciplinary health care and education, through direct medical care, educational partnerships, and interactive telemedicine networks with international sites.

About:
OUR OBJECTIVE: Improve individuals’ access to sustainable, multidisicplinary health care by establishing educational networks with the communities where they live.

HOW WE STAND OUT: ConnectMed differs from other organizations that engage in medical/surgical missions because of our focus on full recovery of our patients by: multidisciplinary care by teams of medical professionals skilled in their specialties, not just surgeries; post-operative, follow-up care; ongoing training of, and educational partnerships and exchanges with, local health care professionals; and use of telemedicine technologies to provide follow-up care, educational initiatives and sustainable solutions.

Future Legends

Mission: Dedicated to providing an opportunity to give back to golf and society by assisting youth in furthering their education

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to deserving but financial challenged students who want to pursue higher education and who have a connection to golf during their high school careers. The foundation also seeks to preserve the legacy of Chuck Courtney and his contributions to golf.

About: Future Legends serves low income high school students who wish to pursue degrees in higher education. Our lifetime mentorship program is aimed at inspiring financially constrained students to seek higher degrees of education. We strive to nurture their educational development by implementing educational and career based mentoring practices. By creating a foundation rich in ethics, citizenship, and developmental leadership skills, we provide a skillset which enables our mentees to succeed well beyond their educational goals. Our lifetime mentorship is aimed to inspire the mentee to perform best professional and life practices, ethics and citizenship, developing leadership skills to enter the workforce, provide networking opportunities and internships, which are further harnessed by participating in our common love and appreciation for the game of golf

California State University San Marcos

Mission: California State University San Marcos focuses on the student as an active participant in the learning process. As a Carnegie classified “community engaged” university, CSUSM students work closely with a faculty whose commitment to sustained excellence in teaching, research, and community partnership enhances student learning. The university offers rigorous undergraduate and graduate programs distinguished by exemplary teaching, innovative curricula, and the application of new technologies. CSUSM provides a range of services that respond to the needs of a student body with diverse backgrounds, expanding student access to excellent and affordable education. As a public university CSUSM grounds its mission in the public trust, alignment with regional needs, and sustained enrichment of the intellectual, civic, economic and cultural life of our region and state.

Vision of Children

Mission: The Vision of the Children Foundation’s mission is to cure hereditary childhood blindness and other vision disorders and to improve the lives of the visually impaired individuals and their families.

About: Our Goals

To fund cutting-edge research focused on developing treatments and/or finding cures for hereditary blindness;

To provide education and support for a worldwide network of families affected by vision disorders;

To provide state-of-the-art vision aids to assist low-vision children in need; and

To honor young people who have overcome their vision challenges and are living extraordinary lives by featuring them in Vision Heroes videos and blog posts.

Cancer Angels of San diego

Mission: CASD provides funds to San Diego County stage 4 cancer patients, and their families, for these basic needs such as housing, food, fuel to get to treatment, etc.

About: Help for individual cancer patients: CASD provides support for Stage IV cancer patients who are no longer able to meet their financial needs due to the illness.

Help those close to home: All of our financial assistance is provided to residents of San Diego County. Your contribution goes to help those in our community suffering from this late-stage disease.

Support as long as it is needed: We are committed to providing support for as long as it is needed, provided we have the funds. Many organizations give only very temporary and limited financial help, leaving the patients “stranded” when modern medicine extends their lives.

Financial support paid to providers: All financial assistance is paid directly to service providers, such as landlords, SDG&E, and other utilities. This allows us to ensure that none of our funds are misused.

Assistance for all types of cancer: Most of the large national charities focus on one type of cancer (e.g. breast or prostate), leaving many patients without resources. CASD assists those with Stage IV disease, regardless of the type of cancer.

Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation

Mission: Through awareness, education and action, our mission is to influence families, educators, elected officials and the medical community to recognize the incidence of youth Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Death (SCA/D) and the importance of preventative heart screenings, and to support equipping schools with automated external defibrillators (AED) plus CPR/AED training.

About: Eric’s foundation provides free screenings to teens to help identify cardiac anomalies that may lead to SCA, with the ultimate goal of standardizing cardiac screenings among our youth, and equipping schools with readily accessible automated external defibrillators (AEDs) with CPR/AED training for students and staff. The biggest misconception about SCA is that it won’t happen to your teen. You have no family history…your child has no symptoms…your doctor has not indicated a screening was needed. But there is a dangerously low awareness of SCA among parents and the medical community, even though it’s the number one cause of death in the U.S.

JC Cooley Foundation

Mission: is a nonprofit organization focused on providing life skills and mentoring programs for middle school to high school young adults. OOCP is separated into two primary age groups: the Junior Group (7 – 11 years old) and the Senior Group (12 – 18 years old).

About: Through personal relationships, mentorship, and guidance programs, a sense of individual responsibility will be established and maintained. This connection will allow today’s youth the options and opportunities to gather an understanding of what it takes to form a solid personal work ethic, assist in time management skills, and help the youth establish personal life goals to excel in their adulthood success.

Kids Korps  & Hands On San Diego 

Mission: Our mission is to instill the spirit of giving while providing valuable character education.

About: Today, Kids Korps USA is proud to partner with HandsOn San Diego, representing its youth division. Through this partnership, young people will continue to serve their community in special ways. Children have more to give than many realize – their talents, their time, and most of all their hearts. Through volunteerism, our kids make a significant difference in the lives of others, and through these activities, they grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually.
The mission of Kids Korps has an indelible and unique impact beyond the many benefits of youth volunteerism; we shape young lives through exposure to, and direct involvement in community service. The daily benefit of improving ones community is tangible. The lifelong benefit to young volunteers is an increase in their level of maturity, empathy, and positive perspective on how, THEY can make the world a better place… how THEY can become tomorrow’s leaders.

RSF Rotary Foundation

Mission: To encourage promote and sustain the economic and social development of our community.