2021 Annual Report
In 2021, with the pandemic entering its second year, the Foundation continued its emergency response work to help mitigate the social and economic impacts of the public health crisis. While it’s been clear from the beginning that San Joaquin County has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic more than many other counties in California, it has also become clearer that too many of our residents find themselves experiencing inequality of opportunities and outcomes.
The data paints a sobering picture of our region: One’s gender, race, economic circumstances, zip code, and ethnicity too often serve as barriers to a brighter future for residents living in the Central Valley. Too many face daily challenges to access basic needs, such as finding affordable housing, investing in their mental health, accessing quality education and training to build a rewarding career, and securing the resources to keep a small business afloat.
This growing understanding has prompted our Board of Directors to adopt a new strategic vision for our organization.