LOS ANGELES, March 10, 2022 – Keiro announced the recipients of its 2021-2022 Grants Program cycle, awarding $250,000 in funds to support 27 nonprofit organizations in reducing social isolation with a focus on outreach to Japanese American and Japanese older adults and caregivers in Southern California.
“Keiro started discussions around social isolation long before it surfaced with COVID-19. As we gradually move out of this pandemic, social isolation remains a significant threat to the wellbeing of older adults and caregivers in the community. Keiro is fortunate to be able to support these organizations taking proactive efforts to outreach to those who may be at risk,” 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 once again 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.
“For the last few years, I have had the privilege of sitting on the Keiro Grants Committee, a group of volunteers that vets the numerous applications from community organizations seeking funding from Keiro for their projects benefitting their seniors. It has been illuminating to see the many endeavors that our churches, temples, community centers, and nonprofit organizations have created and implemented to provide support for those seniors who suffer from social isolation while living on fixed incomes,” said Chris Komai, grants review committee member. “What many people might not realize is how many cultural and performing arts groups apply to Keiro each year for support. These groups have many senior members, and participating in the arts can enhance their physical, emotional, and social wellbeing, showing that Keiro has played a role in supporting organizations at this grassroots level.”
For more information on the Keiro Grants Program and recipients, please visit our website: keiro.org/what-we-do/grants-program.
For this year’s grants recipients, view here.
To read about Grants Highlights, sharing the impact past and current recipients have made in Our Community, visit keiro.org/tag/grants-highlights.
GRANT RECIPIENTS FOR KEIRO’S 2021-2022 GRANTS PROGRAM CYCLE:
- Cerritos Baptist Church
- Continuing Education for the Nikkei Widowed
- East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center
- Faith United Methodist Church
- Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute
- Hearts of Lavender
- Little Tokyo Nutrition Services
- Long Beach Buddhist Church
- Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center/Long Beach Harbor Pioneer Project
- Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
- Los Angeles Men’s Glee Club
- Makoto Taiko
- NALC USA
- Nikkei Choral Federation of Southern California
- 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
- Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
- Venice Japanese Community Center
- Ventura County Japanese American Citizens League
- West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple
- Zenshuji Soto Mission
Founded in 1961, Keiro improves 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.