Newport Decorative Arts Society Announces Grants to Nonprofit Organizations



Andrea McCallister, Director of Development and Communications at Laura’s House, and Madeline Hayward, Chair of DARTS 2021 Grants

As fundraising continues to be difficult for charities in Orange County and beyond due to the pandemic, the Newport Beach-based Decorative Arts Society (DARTS) has announced that it has awarded 12 Orange County nonprofits total $ 275,000 in grants for the year 2021-2022.

Earlier this year, DARTS announced that it had donated a record $ 325,000 to women’s and children’s charities in Orange County during the pandemic. The organization has donated more than $ 3 million to local nonprofit organizations since its inception 26 years ago.

“While the pandemic has created challenges for everyone, it has caused unprecedented hardship for women and children at risk or in need. We see a greater need than ever to support local charities, which in turn help the most vulnerable in our community, ”said Laraine Eggleston, President of DARTS. “We are proud to continue our work to help so many people in the community who are in need of financial assistance with housing, medical bills and meeting basic needs at this time.”

Madeline Hayward, President of DARTS 2021 Grants with Amy Lakin, Executive Director of Casa Youth Shelter

Orange County charities that have received grants include:

  • Center for Women and Family of Mariposa, which aims to stabilize the lives of low-income women through a therapeutic mental health intervention targeting substance abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, anger management and life skills.
  • Laura’s house, who will use the grant to support their outreach education program Youth Dating Violence Prevention Program which provides OC teens and young adults with information about the growing incidence of dating violence, how to maintain their relationship. safe and prevent abuse in their own lives; and adopt healthy behaviors and help break the multigenerational cycle of violence.
  • Breast Cancer Solutions, which provides financial support, community resource navigation, and emotional support to financially disadvantaged breast cancer patients who experience financial hardship during treatment.
  • Early childhood intervention center, which will use their grant to support its Once of Prevention program. This provides low-income, high-risk children with free assessments for developmental delays and early intervention and follow-up treatment services.
  • Friendly center, whose grant will support the Family Support Advocate program, which provides at-risk and low-income families in Orange County with a Family Support Advocate to help them stabilize their immediate crisis, increase coping skills, reduce risk factors for violence, assess family needs and coordinate a case plan for success. A portion of the grant will also support their pantry located in northern Orange County.
  • Beyond blindness (formerly Blind Children’s Learning Center), which provides early intervention services to children and mothers through their Bright Visions Early Childhood Center, designed for affected children aged 6 months to 7 years.
  • Taller San Jose / Hope Builders, will use their grant to fund its healthcare training program, which prepares disadvantaged and unemployed young women for careers as medical assistants and ultimately increases their lives and economic stability.
  • Shelter for young people Casa Fund its residential care program, which provides shelter, counseling, case management and educational services to at-risk, runaway and homeless youth.
  • Boys hope girls hope, who will use the grant to support this Orange County-based college scholarship and boarding home for children in need for their College Road program, a college preparation and graduation program for considered children as homeless by the California Department of Education.
  • TOURNAMENT (Serving People in Need, Inc.) will use their grant for their housing program, GAPP (Guided Assistance to Permanent Placement), which provides financial assistance for housing, including rapid relocation, transitional housing and assistance with housing. rent for families in crisis with children.
  • Thomas House, which provides rent-free transitional housing and comprehensive support and prevention services to homeless families. The grant will finance up to two apartments.
  • WTLC (Women’s Transitional Living Center), which offers comprehensive services including immediate shelter and longer-term support to all survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.

The Decorative Arts Society, established in 1995, is a membership organization that offers a series of annual lectures by nationally and internationally renowned experts in the decorative arts, including interior design, architecture, landscape, fashion and other aspects of the arts. Through subscriptions, donations and other fundraisers, the Decorative Arts Society provides grants to Orange County charities serving women, children and families.

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