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Special Meeting: Executive Committee

March 29 @ 3:00 am - 4:00 pm

Special Meeting


March 29, 2021, at 3:00 PM

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Meeting ID: 876 6639 9622

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In order to meet Brown Act requirements, items may be added to the agenda only upon decision by a majority of the Board of Directors to add the item because of a need for immediate action.

Motion: Second: Approved: Opposed: Abstention Name(s):

III. Approval of the Executive Committee Draft Minutes for March 8, 2021 (#1).

Motion: Second: Approved: Opposed: Abstention Name(s):


Public Comments: All persons wishing to speak may contact RAP (Mreyes@RAPFoundation.org) for instructions on how to participate and be recognized at the appropriate time. General comments regarding non-agenda items will be called for at this time. Specific comments regarding agenda items will be called for during the discussion of each item. Please be prepared to limit your remarks to 3 minutes.

V. New Items – Action Required

Covid –19 Recovery Fund Requests – RAP has allocated $100,000 for this Request for Proposal (RFP)

The name of the organizations and amounts recommended are listed below and the Readers Recommendation is in the spreadsheet attached (#2).

1. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert – Requested $10,000

Keeping kids connected through one-to-one mentoring. Funding will allow them to maintain current matches and add new matches. The annual cost per child is $1750. Number of persons served: 150

2. Desert Cancer Foundation – Requested $10,000

Patient Assistance Program. The fund would allow them to continue to provide cancer care services and navigation for the uninsured and underinsured. Number of persons served: 45

3. Palo Verde College Foundation – Requested $10,000

Mission: To support educational excellence by assisting and encouraging investment in the development and growth of educational opportunities in the PV Community College.

Funds would be used for travel, hotel expenses, and license fees for vocational nursing students. Number of students served: 25

4. The LGBT Sanctuary Palm Springs – Requested $10,000

Funds would be used to address the residential, vocational, and educational needs of the LGBTQ transition-age foster youth. Number of youth served: 6

5. Ronnie’s House of Hope – Requested $10,000

Mission: Provides support for children, teens, and their families following a death. Funds will be used for support group costs including supplies, and delivery cost of services. Number of persons served: 300

6. Well in the Desert – Requested $10,000

The Well’s COVID Crisis Assistance project. Funds will cover facility rental costs, PPE, vaccine supplies, and food. Number of persons served: 2,500

7. Martha’s Village and Kitchen, Inc. – Requested $10,000

Housing wrap-around services and COVID Safety Project for the homeless facility. Funds would be used for cleaning supplies and sanitation personnel. Number of persons served: 75

8. Olive Crest – Requested $10,000

Mission to prevent child abuse by treating and educating children at-risk

COVID Emergency support for vulnerable children/families. Funds would be used for staffing costs, transportation, and client services. Number of residents served: 400

9. Desert Best Friends Closet – Requested $10,000

Mission: To educate and empower clients for success in employment and life.

Interview support (interview clothing and techniques). Funds would be used for staffing costs, supplies, office rent, printing, utilities, insurance. Number served: 30

10. Desert Blind and Handicapped Association, Inc. – Requested $10,000

Transportation for their clients. Due to COVD, they have to reduce the number of clients per ride. Funds would be used for vehicle maintenance, fuel, office, and staffing (driver and dispatcher) costs. Number served: 200

11. Mizell Center – Requested $10,000

Health and Safety upgrades for the senior facility providing food, and vaccination assistance. Funds would be used for supplies. Number of clients served: 4,000

12. Boys and Girls Club of Coachella -Requested $10,000

Power Hour/Brain Gain program for students dealing with negative impacts on education and learning retention. Funds would be used for staffing costs, incentives/gift cards for students, and materials.

Number served: 200

13. Adult Health and Fitness Today – Requested $10,000

Mission: To improve public health & wellness for adults by offering group exercise & education, promoting healthy aging, encouraging active lifestyle & ensuring lifelong independence. Be Strong-Live Long!

Balanced Living Exercise Nutrition and Lifestyle health education classes offered remotely to seniors to help them get active. Funds would be used for website development, tech support, and marketing.

Number served: 500

14. Desert Arc – Requested $10,000

Pathways to Employment Essential Worker Program for Adults with Disabilities during COVID. Funds would be used to expand the essential worker category at Desert Arc and be used for clients’ trainee wages. Number served: 54

15. Academic Solutions USA – Requested $10,000

Mission: To empower as many students as possible through educational intervention and differentiation, eliminating obstacles and providing appropriate challenges so they can become autonomous, self-regulating learners and fulfill their ultimate potentials.

Trajectory Learning Conception Project for targeted educational programming for students with special needs. Funds would be used for staffing costs, insurance, education, and activity equipment. Number served: 20

16. Inland Equity Community Land Trust (CLT) – Requested $9,,693

Mission: to provide opportunities for low and moderate-income persons to secure housing that is permanent affordable using the CLT model…A CLT preserves the quality and affordable for-sale and rental housing for generations. Also dedicated to enhancing and beautifying our communities wherever possible.

Rapid Response Line COVID-19 Immigrant Medical Services Resources to assist adults and seniors in accessing services. Funds would be used for staffing costs, printing, and office-related expenses. Number served: 210

17. Cathedral City Senior Center – Requested $10,000

The senior facility in need of operating funds to increase service/resource support and coordination for their disabled, and/or special needs, seniors, homebound, homeless. Funds would be used for staffing costs.

Number served: 7,500

Consider the organization requests which met the criteria for this RFP. The Readers reviewed the applications and budgets submitted. Thereafter, the Grants Committee met and considered the Reader’s input and made their determination. The Board authorized the Executive Committee to take action and have it ratified at the next board meeting.

Grants Committee Recommendation: To approve funding organizations at the amounts stated on the spreadsheet.

Motion: Second: Approved: Opposed: Abstention Name(s):


VII. SCHEDULE next meeting for April 12, 2021, at 9 MEETING

VIII. ADJOURNMENT: Agenda Posting: Agendas will be posted on the Foundation website – www.RAPFoundation.org – a minimum of 72 hours prior to the meeting date. All public record documents for matters on the open session of the Agenda are available for inspection three days prior to the meeting date on the website. If a public record document that relates to a matter on the open session of the Agenda is distributed less than 72 hours prior to the meeting date, the public record document shall be available for inspection upon request. This agenda will be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with disabilities, as required by Section 202 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


March 29
3:00 am - 4:00 pm


Leticia DeLara