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Homeless Support Organization Receives Surprise Irving J. Symons Award

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Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County non-profit organization “Give Someone A Chance” has received the 2020 Irving J. Symons Award from the Sonora Area Foundation.

Also referred to as the “Incentive Award,” it was been presented since 2006 to a group that makes a significant contribution to the community.

SAF Executive Director Darrell Slocum says that it is a proactive grant award, meaning that it comes as a complete surprise, and is not in response to a grant application.

Give Someone a Chance launched a mobile shower bus in 2019 and also oversees Camp Hope situated off of Stockton Road. The group also created a “Trash to Cash” program that incentivizes the collecting of garbage in homeless areas, and has future plans for a mobile laundry vehicle.

Irving J. Symons Awards over the years:

2006

ATCAA Food Bank Van – $26,536

TGH Foundation – Beds and Lifts – $13,500

2007

VNA – General Support – $20,000

A-TCAA Food Bank – $20,000

2008

Interfaith – $20,000

ATCAA Food Bank – $20,000

2009

Meals-On-Wheels – $39,590

2010

Interfaith – Wood Delivery Truck – $10,000

WATCH – in Memory of Jane Symons – $25,000

2011

Meals on Wheels – $20,000

Smile Keepers – $20,000

2012

Jamestown Family Resource Center – $40,000

2013

Interfaith – Honor Mary Salvarezza – $20,000

2013

Catholic Charities – $20,000

2014

WATCH – $20,000

We Care Sober Living – $20,000

2015

Tuolumne County Archives – $10,000

WINGS Fund – $10,000

CNVC – $10,000

2016 Smile Keepers – $25,000

Children’s Holiday Party – Bicycles – $15,000

2017

SRT – Honor of Sara & Dennis Jones – $40,000

2018

Tuolumne Trails – $40,000

2019

Meals on Wheels (SSP) – $40,000

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