LOS ANGELES, April 6, 2021 – Today, Keiro announced the recipients of its 2020-2021 Grants Program cycle, awarding a total of nearly $248,000 in funds to support 32 nonprofit organizations in reducing social isolation with a focus on outreach to Japanese American and Japanese older adults and caregivers in Southern California.
“With the pandemic, the issue of social isolation has become even more apparent and a significant threat to the wellbeing of our older adults and caregivers in the community. Keiro is fortunate to be able to support organizations taking proactive steps to outreach to those who may be at risk for this and support the overall health of those most vulnerable in our community,” said Gene S. Kanamori, president & CEO of Keiro.
The Keiro Grants Program funds qualified nonprofit, community-based organizations that serve the Japanese American and Japanese older adult population, specifically supporting projects that focus on reducing isolation. This year, greater emphasis was placed on supporting programs that provide outreach to and inclusion of members in the community who are at risk of social isolation. An independent review committee, comprised of community members with different backgrounds, careers, and fields of expertise, evaluated the proposals. This year, the committee members were Lance Hama, Robert Hirota, Tim Itatani, Chris Komai, NJ Nakamura, Mark Oune, and Yukari Roberts.
“It is very important that our community support our nonprofit organizations that service Japanese and Japanese Americans in their daily lives and needs. We sometimes take for granted that these organizations can function on their own, when they cannot. They must rely on the generous contributions of others,” said Tim Itatani, grants review committee member. “For that, I am very grateful to Keiro for their commitment to continue offering grants to help keep these organizations going and thus supporting the community as a whole. With over 40 years of being part of various nonprofit organizations, it was just refreshing for me personally to know that all the organizations that applied for the 2020-2021 Grants Program were being very innovative in ways to better serve the community.”
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GRANT RECIPIENTS FOR KEIRO’S 2020-2021 GRANTS PROGRAM CYCLE:
- Cerritos Baptist Church
- Continuing Education for the Nikkei Widowed, Inc.
- East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center
- Faith United Methodist Church
- First Presbyterian Church Altadena
- Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute
- Go For Broke National Education Center
- Japanese Christian Church Federation of Southern California
- Little Tokyo Nutrition Services
- Long Beach Buddhist Church
- Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center/Long Beach Pioneer Project
- Los Angeles Holiness Church
- Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
- Los Angeles Men’s Glee Club
- Makoto Taiko
- Mission Valley Free Methodist Church
- Mutual Ministries of Christ Church & St. Andrews
- OPICA Adult Day Program & Counseling Center
- Orange County Buddhist Church
- Orange County Friendship Choir
- Orange County Japanese American Association
- Oxnard Buddhist Temple
- Pasadena Buddhist Temple
- Pasadena Nikkei Seniors
- Sakura Chorus
- Union Church of Los Angeles
- Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
- Venice Japanese Community Center
- Visual Communications Media
- West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple
- Zenshuji Soto Mission
- Zentoku Foundation
For 60 years, Keiro has focused on improving the quality of life for older adults and their caregivers in the Japanese American community of Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties. Keiro provides a range of culturally-sensitive programs and resources, in both English and Japanese, to meet the evolving needs of our aging community. In everything we do, we advance our mission through a person-centered, innovative, and collaborative approach. For more information, visit keiro.org.