The following are examples of Rex beneficiaries working in different ways to build a stronger community.
People's Grocery - Rex beneficiary 2005
People's Grocery is a community-based organization working to find creative solutions to food needs of residents of West Oakland by building a local food system and economy. Their mission is to uphold the human right to healthy and affordable food and to build community self-reliance by increasing neighborhood access to locally-produced fruits and vegetables and by promoting social enterprise, youth entrepreneurship, sustainable agriculture and grassroots organizing. The vision is to help transform West Oakland into a thriving center of economic well-being, sustainability, and social justice supported by an entrepreneurial spirit for innovation and self-determination.
Tipitinas Foundation - Rex beneficiary 2005
The Tipitinas Foundation was established in New Orleans in 1997 in support of childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the viability of New Orleans music as a cultural, educational and economic resource. Named after the Tipitinas music venue, a revered cultural icon instrumental in the development and promotion of New Orleans music around the world, the foundation's mission has changed to focusing on rebuilding the community devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Funds raised will now be allocated towards finding musicians housing, gigs, and instruments. The Rex Foundation grant supports Tipitinas as the most direct and reliable avenues to getting aid to musicians who most need it.
People Power - Rex beneficiary 2006
People Power promotes the use of bicycles, utility tricycles, bike-trailers, skateboards, walking and other non-motorized transit. They are committed to helping government, citizens and businesses overcome their dependence on the automobile. The goal is to demonstrate that better alternatives to the car exist, while improving conditions for bicyclists in Santa Cruz count.
Grand Avenue Club, Inc. - Rex beneficiary 2004
The Grand Avenue Club was founded in 1991 by a community-wide coalition consisting of adults who themselves had experienced mental illness, their families and friends, as well as organizations that were concerned about the isolation of mentally ill adults and their exclusion from every important opportunity that makes life satisfying. The Club provides hundreds of Milwaukee area adults with pre-vocational, employment, educational, housing and recreational opportunities that support their full integration into community life. In 1993 the clubhouse initiated its very successful Employment program, in 1996 its Housing program, and in 2003 the clubhouse secured funding to focus on newly diagnosed younger people (ages 18-25) who might otherwise drop out of school because of mental illness. In 2002 Grand Avenue Club moved to a new, permanent downtown location that is easily accessible to every metropolitan area neighborhood.
Amicus Foundation - Rex beneficiary 2003
Amicus Foundation is the parent organization of a family of philanthropic endeavors. Amicus is currently concentrating its efforts in both the kingdom of Bhutan and in Thailand, providing women and children with improved living conditions and opportunities for education. One of the programs the Rex grant will help support is the matching of orphaned children with older people who would otherwise be alone. The organization is committed to preserve and maintain the spiritual and cultural integrity of ancient and traditional cultures as they transition into a global community.
Bonita House - Rex beneficiary 2003
Bonita House has developed innovative approaches to the delivery of community-based care for adults with dual diagnosis of both a psychiatric and substance use disorders. Its mission is to build community, dignity and hope in people recovering from disabilities by providing a full range of integrated services including a residential treatment program, supported independent living program and a creative living center.
Destiny Arts - Rex beneficiary 2003
The mission of Destiny Arts Center is to empower a diverse community of youth, ages 3-18, through arts education and violence prevention in a collaborative environment that promotes peace. Caring adult mentors provide after school youth leadership classes and workshops. The center does outreach at local schools and community centers to youth of color and low-income and offers financial accessibility to all.
Shared Adventures - Rex beneficiary 2003
Shared Adventures is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people living with disabilities. For over a decade Shared Adventures has offered hundreds of life enriching recreational and social opportunities, such as kayaking, surfing, outrigger canoeing, river rafting, dance parties, and yoga, to people in and around Santa Cruz County with special needs.
Drums not Guns - Rex beneficiary 2003
The goal of Drums Not Guns is to reduce the number of guns available to youth in the community by offering participation in an inspirational performing arts program in exchange for a weapon. They seek to create an atmosphere of trust between youth and select staff mentors. Artist instructors mentor the youth individually and as a group in community locations designated safe havens from gang activities.
Camp Winnarainbow - Rex beneficiary 1984-1995, 2003
Camp Winnarainbow is a non-profit circus and performing arts summer camp that provides a small, protected environment where each summer, 700 children try new activities and ways of interrelating to one another. The Camp values the uniqueness of each individual within the diverse racial, cultural, economic and religious backgrounds that comprise the community. Camp Winnarainbow provides a training ground to nurture leaders for a peaceful, harmonious and sustainable culture. The Rex Foundation grant funds the Camp's scholarship program.
The Solentiname, Nicaragua Friendship Group - Rex beneficiary 2002
The Solentiname, Nicaagua Frindship Group of Western Massachusetts works with the residents of a group of islands in Lake Nicaragua. The Friendship Group helps some 1,200 people turn their artistic talents into a resource by selling their artwork in galleries and craft fairs across New England, creating a self-sustaining indigenous economy. The Group is now expanding the arts program to the children o f the islands, including the provision of art supplies, music and musical instruments, and teachers chosen from within the community, bringing opportunities to adults for teaching. Given the need for general education and literacy improvement, the Friendship Group envisions this arts program bringing new stimulus to many other areas, such as ecology.
Harlem Children's Zone (Rheedlan Centers) - Rex beneficiary 1994
Founded in 1970, Harlem Children's Zone, Inc. is a pioneering, non-profit, community-based organization that works to enhance the quality of life for children and families in some of New York City's most devastated neighborhoods. Formerly known as Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families, HCZ Inc.'s 15 centers serve more than 12,600 children and adults, including over 7,500 at-risk children. The emphasis of their work is not just on education, social service and recreation, but also on rebuilding the very fabric of community life. HCZ Inc. intentionally develops programs where other agencies are not located and poor children and families have no one, or even a place, to run for help.
Humboldt Senior Resource Center - Rex beneficiary 1986
The Humboldt Senior Resource Center (HSRC) is a nonprofit organization providing a comprehensive choice of services to support seniors and caregivers in maintaining health, dignity and self-determination.HSRC is committed to providing services, information, education and recreation for seniors, families and caregivers in Humboldt County. The center evolves in response to a growing senior population with expanding and changing needs. The goal is to provide a caring and healthy community, that encourages intergenerational relationships, recognizes the wisdom and experience of its elders and demonstrates awareness and respect for the aging process.