At our meeting on July 24th, the Ocean Beach Town Council awarded $6,000 in community grants to  local organizations, groups, and persons that will promote the general betterment and beautification of Ocean Beach and the welfare of our residents.

Congratulations to Ocean Beach Woman’s ClubOcean Beach Community Foundation, Sunset Cliff Surfing AssociationSan Diego River Park FoundationSurfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter, Friends of the SDPL Ocean Beach Branch Library, Peninsula Shepard Center, Ocean Beach Historical Society, Ocean Beach Planning Board, and the OB Elementary School Running Club! All of you are making a difference in Ocean Beach!

Below are details on the grant recipients and their projects:—

Ocean Beach Woman’s Club

The Ocean Beach Woman’s Club has been a “Hub of Activity” in OB since 1934. We are one of the oldest civic groups in San Diego. We were instrumental in the paving of the OB streets, installation of the sewers, securing street lights and garbage disposal, acquiring a recreation center and public library, secured lifeguards year round, planted the streets with trees, shrubs and flowers, served as a recreation center for servicemen in WWII, helped acquire the Ocean Beach skate park at Robb Field, and our latest project the Ocean Beach Woman’s Club community garden.

Awarded $500.00

Project:  Community Garden Water Conservation Project.

Ocean Beach Community Foundation

The OBCF supports local Ocean Beach community initiatives that include educational programs, community enhancement projects, youth sports, neighborhood spirit and public safety through fundraising and volunteer efforts.

Awarded: $750.00

Projects: Continuation of general activities and events to help OB thrive.

Sunset Cliffs Surfing Association

“Preserving and Promoting  the Art of Surfing for Over 40 Years.”

On Saturday, Aug. 9th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enthusiastic surfers age 16 and younger will be competing in boys’ and girls’ age-division events in both shortboard and longboard divisions. The Gromfest is an energetic, spectator-friendly, surfing spectacle that embraces the fun of the youthful wave-riding lifestyle and is definitely intent on “maximizing beach and in-the-tube experiences” for all in attendance.

Awarded: $500.00

Project: Gromfest Surfing Contest

San Diego River Park Foundation

Founded in 2001, The San Diego River Park Foundation is a community-based grassroots non-profit organization. We rely upon donations and support from the community for our general operations as well as grants, both public and private.

Awarded: $550.00

Project: San Diego River Estuary Trail Interpretation

Surfider Foundation – San Diego Chapter

The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. The Hold On To Your Butt program aims to raise awareness about the environmental impact of cigarette butt litter on our oceans, waves and beaches, and to help eliminate cigarette butt litter in San Diego County and beyond.

Awarded: $750.00

Project: OB Ashcans (Hold Onto Your [Cigerette] Butt Campaign)

OB Friends of the Library

Since 1982, the OB Friends of the Library have supported the OB Library and its services and program through various activities, including community book sales, volunteer support, and other events.

Awarded: $500.00

Project: New Bench Outside the OB Library

Peninsula Shepard Center

Peninsula Shepherd Center (PSC) provides a support system so that older adults, age 60 and over, may live independently and self-sufficiently in their own homes for as long as possible, while providing opportunities to learn, socialize and serve.  Their Out and About Senior Transport Program provides transportation for OB seniors to get doctor appointments necessary errands via 37 local volunteers.

Awarded: $925.00

Project: Out and About Senior Transport Program

Ocean Beach Historical Society

OBHS preserves O.B.’s history through the Sea Scrolls, archives, programs and public events. The OBHS Archive volunteers research, collect, preserve, and make available to the public information, artifacts, art and memorabilia related to the history of Ocean Beach.

Awarded: $500.00

Project: OB Historical Walks

Ocean Beach Planning Board

The all-volunteer Ocean Beach Planning Board is recognized by the City of San Diego as the primary advisory group for land use and development issues in the Ocean Beach community.

Awarded: $500.00

Project: General operations of the OBPB

Ocean Beach Elementary School PTA – OBE Running Club

The OBE Running Club seeks to promote the health and well-being of all the students attending the school. It is solely run by volunteer parents, teachers and community members. The Running Club provides 20 minutes of running time every morning before the school bell rings. During the 2013-2014 school year, 350 kids signed up to participate in the RC. 200 of them ran each week. 100 kids ran 3 days a week or more. More than half of each classroom participated in the RC. As a combine effort, the RC runners ran over 4,000 miles.

Awarded: $500.00

Project: OBE Running Club

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