Special Initiatives

With a relatively small community grants budget, Pfaffinger has chosen to focus a portion of its annual grant making on two programs. In this way the Foundation has had a more substantial community impact than it might have otherwise. Additionally, each program incorporates some of the core values of Pfaffinger Foundation and demonstrates their value.

Family Self-Sufficiency Initiative

2014 Grants:  $218,439
Cumulative:  $7,478,547

In this program, a network of six partner social service agencies recommends their family or individual clients for one-time grants for such necessities as rent, furnishings, or clothing. Recipient families must have at least one working adult. Pfaffinger assistance often stabilizes the family and prevents homelessness or other negative consequences. The program extends Pfaffinger’s core competency in making small grants for individuals to an especially needy population. Because all recipients must be in case management, it also emphasizes the importance of case management, another core value of the Foundation. The program was founded in 2001 and was previously known as the Working Poor Program.

Partner agencies include: Friends of the Family, Norwood Elementary School Healthy Start, Helpline Youth Counseling, Inc., Little Tokyo Service Center, New Economics for Women, and Para los Niños.

Vernon Central Workforce Development Network

2014 Grant:  $50,000
Cumulative:  $652,000

The Vernon Central Workforce Development Network (VCN) helps at-risk young people develop job readiness and take the next steps in obtaining a job, further education or an apprenticeship. It places these young people on a path to self sufficiency. Through 2013, VCN assisted 355 low-income youth and young adults.  Of these

  • 85% gained work readiness and/or financial literacy skills
  • 65% earned a high-school diploma, GED, a recognized vocational credential or certification or completed other training
  • 72% secured employment and/or enrolled in further education and training.

Recruiting from a high-risk population, VCN has made extensive use of case management to achieve such results. Beginning in 2014, assistance has been provided more generally to the lead VCN agency, the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD)  and its workforce and job development programs.