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Biberstein Social Action Fund

Annual social action grants program: proposals solicited annually late Summer, and grants awarded in the Fall

Ernie and Hannah Biberstein

Nonprofit organizations are invited to submit applications to the Biberstein Social Action Fund for grants in support of projects addressing poverty, discrimination, abuse and neglect issues in Yolo County.

The fund was established in 2002 by the Congregation Bet Haverim Board of Directors to honor Ernie and Hannah Biberstein, who are among the founding members of the synagogue, and who devoted much of their lives to community service and social justice. Hannah passed away in April 2011.

The goal of the annual awards made from the Biberstein Social Action Fund is to help groups in their efforts to meet unfulfilled needs.

“In light of all the budget cuts in social services, we hope that grants like ours can make a difference,” Hannah Biberstein said. “It means a lot to us that real individuals benefit from our grants.” Special consideration is given to new and/or innovative projects.

An annual Call for Proposals is released annually in the late Summer. Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 are awarded in the late Fall.  A committee of Bet Haverim congregants reviews grant applications.  Current Biberstein Fund committee members are Ernie Biberstein, Anne Gieseke, Amy Abramson, Sandy Jones, Joan Sublett, Shoshana Zatz, and Rabbi Greg Wolfe.

Download the 2017 Grant Application HERE.  Completed applications, or questions, should be emailed to cbhbibersteinfund@gmail.com.

The Bibersteins were among the founders of Davis Community Meals, where they have served as board members and officers. They also have been active in a variety of interfaith groups, including Care for God’s Creation, Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network and Celebration of Abraham, which brings together Jews, Muslims and Christians for communal dialogue. In recognition of their service, they have received several civic awards, including the Brinley Award for community service, the Thong Hy Huynh Memorial Humanitarian Award, the PeaceForce Award by Teach Peace and a Justice Leadership Award from the Multi-Cultural Council in Yolo County.

Ernie Biberstein is a professor emeritus of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Hannah Biberstein was a mediator in the original City of Davis mediation program, chaired the City’s Social Services Commission and served on the Affordable Housing Task Force.

In 2016, the following grants totaling more than $12,000 were awarded:

UC Davis Mercer Clinic for the Pets of the Homeless set up of a functional on-site surgical suite to provide spay/neuter and other surgical procedures

Citizens Who Care for the Elderly four-hour training, "ABC's/Skills Awareness for Dementia"

California Center for Cooperative Development multi-purpose printer/copier/scanner/fax machine for the Yolo Eco-Clean Cooperative

Meals On Wheels Yolo County Weekend Food Project groceries for 25 Davis seniors for 13 months

Woodland Bike Campaign 50 Wald bike baskets for grocery shopping and errands

Empower Yolo a soft crawling and climbing area for infants and toddlers, and an outdoor play structure for the Shelter Children's Program

Madison Community Committee storage unit for the Madison Food Closet

Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter stipends for overnight volunteers to improve supervision consistency

Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School Library Spanish books and reading materials

Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) items for the Food Packs for Kids pilot program

Yolo Community Care Continuum (YCCC) matching funds to enable HUD supported housing funds for client services

Make It Happen for Yolo County vacuum cleaners for transitional age youth moving from foster care to independent living

Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network (YIIN) DIAS program field trips for children and youth at the Madison Migrant Center

 

Past grant recipients include: Blacks for Effective Community Action/DHS Youth in Focus Program, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Community Harvest of Davis, Davis Bridge Educational Foundation, Farm Davis, Food Bank of Yolo County,  Fourth and Hope, Friends of Esparto Library, Grace Garden, Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter, Madison Continuation High School, NAMI, St. Francis Pet Education and Training Center, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services, Village Harvest Davis, Yolo Adult Day Health Care, Yolo County Conflict Resolution Service, Yolo County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance and Yolo Literacy Council.

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