RISE, an organization that provides services for victims of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, has received a donation of $5,000 in merchandise from New Balance Athletics Inc. for shelter and case management clients.
Ally Carda, assistant softball coach at Cal Poly and a player on the USA Softball Women’s National Team that is sponsored by New Balance, was asked by the company to select a nonprofit to receive the donation.
“I wanted to donate somewhere local, and when I came across RISE, I was drawn to it,” Carda said. “Being a woman in sports, I believe it’s important to be able to be successful, powerful and confident.”
RISE used the funds to purchase New Balance athletic and outdoor wear for 14 clients in the program.
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During summer school, when breakfast and lunch programs are not available, Atascadero Loaves and Fishes provides necessary food and nutrition for children in low-income households.
Atascadero Loaves and Fishes is a food pantry that has been providing groceries to families and households throughout North County for 32 years, according to an email from the organization.