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LOS ANGELES, March 20, 2024 – Keiro announced the recipients of its 2023-2024 Grants Program cycle, awarding almost $300,000 in funds to support 36 nonprofit organizations. This year, emphasis was placed on supporting new and developing programs focused on enhancing at least one of the following quality of life elements as defined by Keiro— health/wellness, purpose, connectedness, security, and autonomy.

“We are pleased to continue Keiro’s grants program to support and sustain the impactful programs and services provided to older adults and caregivers in Our Community,” said Beverly Ito, president & CEO of Keiro. “These grant recipients serve as essential neighborhood networks that build upon our community initiatives to promote living healthier and more fulfilling lives throughout the aging journey. We are grateful for the dedicated efforts of these organizations, community leaders, and volunteers who partner with Keiro to help older adults live, and thrive, in their homes and communities.”

The Keiro Grants Program funds qualified nonprofit, community-based organizations that serve the Japanese American and Japanese older adult and caregiver populations in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties. An independent review committee, composed of community members with diverse backgrounds, careers, and community involvement, evaluated the proposals and recommended funding for the organizations.

Wade Utsunomiya from the Grants Review Committee said, “It felt good to play a small role in Keiro’s grant program whose funding will support and increase the efforts of so many local grassroots organizations to enhance the quality of life of many older adults and caregivers. Each of these organizations has developed programs that are tailored to address the evolving needs of seniors and their caregivers in their community. It was inspiring to see all the good work by these organizations, and it is an effective way for Keiro to amplify their benefit to the greater community.”

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, visit keiro.org/grants-recipients-24.

Grant Recipients for Keiro’s 2023-2024 Grants Program Cycle:

  • Asian American Community Media Project (AACoMP)
  • Centenary United Methodist Church
  • Cerritos Baptist Church
  • Continuing Education for the Nikkei Widowed, Inc.
  • East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center
  • Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles
  • Faith United Methodist Church
  • First Presbyterian Church, Altadena
  • Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute
  • Japanese Christian Church Federation of Southern California
  • Leisure Club at ESGVJCC
  • Little Tokyo Nutrition Services
  • Long Beach Buddhist Church
  • Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center
  • Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple BWA
  • Los Angeles Men’s Glee Club
  • Makoto Taiko
  • Mission Valley Free Methodist Church, Nichigo
  • Nikkei Active Life Club (NALC) USA
  • Orange County Buddhist Church
  • Orange County Friendship Choir
  • Orange County Japanese American Association
  • Oxnard Buddhist Temple
  • Pasadena Buddhist Temple
  • Pasadena Nikkei Seniors
  • Sakura Chorus
  • San Fernando Valley Meiji Senior Citizens’ Club
  • South Bay Singers
  • The Kotomotos
  • Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
  • Venice Japanese Community Center
  • Ventura County Japanese American Citizens League
  • Visual Communications
  • West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple
  • West Los Angeles United Methodist Church
  • Zenshuji Soto Mission

About Keiro

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.