Human Options and the J. F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, nonprofit organizations that assist people in need, have been named as the 2019 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders award winners for Orange County, a news release stated.
The nonprofits each receive a $200,000 grant, a year of leadership training for the executive director and an emerging leader, and the opportunity to access capital to expand their impact.
“What sets this year’s Neighborhood Builders apart is that both Human Options and the Shea Center empower leadership at all levels of their organizations,” Allen Staff, Orange County market president for Bank of America, said in the release. “The impact that these nonprofits have on meeting specific needs in our community grows exponentially because of their leadership culture that is not dependent on one person.”
The grant will allow Human Options to increase access to safe and stable housing for domestic violence victims.
“We are honored to be the recipient of the Neighborhood Builder Award and to be part of a community of transformational organizations,” said Human Options Chief Executive Officer Maricela Rios-Faust. “This partnership makes it possible to respond to the complex needs of individuals and communities impacted by relationship violence.”
The Shea Center, a therapeutic equestrian center serving people with disabilities, will use the grant to sustain and grow its programs.
“For 41 years, the Shea Center has improved the lives of people with disabilities,” said Shea Center Executive Director Dana Butler-Moburg. “Each day, victories happen for our clients, such as that first step, a first word spoken, a smile and eye contact, or even a first hug. The generosity of our friends at Bank of America is overwhelming. We are truly grateful for the support that transforms the lives of those we serve.”
Over the past 15 years, Bank of America has invested $240 million in 49 communities through Neighborhood Builders, partnering with more than 1,000 nonprofits, and helping more than 2,000 nonprofit leaders strengthen their leadership skills, according to the release.