At-risk, low-income children in Cathedral City got a holiday surprise as a local foundation awarded $25,000 to The Salvation Army’s Cathedral City Corps for after-school programs, it was announced Wednesday.
The Palm Desert-based H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation made the Coachella Valley Spotlight grant as part of the effort to expand the local Salvation Army’s drive to provide students with after-school programs, according to the foundation.
“These funds will directly benefit children in our area that need help with tutoring and provide them more after-school enrichment, such as sports and music,” said Captain James Parks of The Salvation Army Cathedral City Corps.
As part of the award, the Cathedral City Corps was featured on the KESQ News Channel 3 program “Eye on the Desert” that airs weeknights at 6 p.m.
Up to 50 children participate in the after-school program each day. They are primarily identified as at-risk and low-income and many might not otherwise have a place to go after school, according to the foundation. The program includes music classes, team sports, nutrition classes, scouting, crafts and more. Children receive snacks and meals while in the program.
“The Salvation Army is a large, international organization, but it’s nice to see first-hand how it is helping people in our community,” said Catharine Reed, vice president of charitable programs for the foundation.
The Salvation Army has 1200 corps and 7550 centers in the United States as well as locations in 131 countries throughout the world. The Salvation Army’s Cathedral City Corps is the only location in the Coachella Valley. It’s at 30-400 Landau Boulevard, Cathedral City. Officials can be reached at coachellavalley.salvationarmy.org or 760-324-2275.
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