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County cannabis businesses give back to community
Prodigal Sons
Turlock's Prodigal Sons & Daughters is one of 25 local nonprofits to be awarded a grant through the Stanislaus County Community Benefit Contribution Program (Photo contributed).

Stanislaus County and Stanislaus Community Foundation announced the awardees of $750,000 to 25 local nonprofits through the Stanislaus County Community Benefit Contribution Program.

The Community Benefit Contribution Program was developed by Stanislaus County to provide a mechanism for the cannabis businesses in Stanislaus County to give back to the community. In 2018, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors designated a portion of funds raised through the Community Benefit Contribution Program to support youth-serving organizations in Stanislaus County.

In 2022, the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office contracted with Stanislaus Community Foundation to manage the Community Benefit grant administration process, which recently concluded. Many of the selected agencies are part of the Stanislaus Youth Empowerment Alliance as part of the Cradle to Career Partnership.

 “We are excited to see these funds used to create opportunities for our community’s youth to lead and amplify their own voices.” said Marian Kaanon, President and CEO of Stanislaus Community Foundation. “Empowering our youth ensures a brighter future for Stanislaus County.”

The awardees are:

·         Able Works

·         Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County

·         Camp Taylor

·         Carnegie Arts Center

·         Center for Human Services

·         Ceres Unified School District – Project YES

·         City Ministry Network

·         Cricket’s Hope

·         First Tee Central Valley

·         Haven Women’s Center

·         Improve Your Tomorrow

·         Invest in Me

·         Legacy Alliance Outreach

·         Modesto Sound

·         Opera Modesto

·         Prodigal Sons & Daughters

·         She Became

·         Stanislaus County Office of Education – Leadership Academy

·         Stanislaus Partners in Education

·         State Theater of Modesto

·         The Men’s Group

·         Tuolumne River Trust

·         Valley Improvement Project

·         West Stanislaus Fire Explorer Post 935

·         Youth for Christ Central Valley