Girls Incorporated of Alameda County announced today that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Barry Bonds Family Foundation in support of their programs for underserved girls in Alameda County. The contribution comes as Girls Inc. begins the final phase of renovations of an historic building in downtown Oakland, into their new regional headquarters and Alameda County’s first and only resource center for girls. Both the new facility and generous contributions from supporters like the Barry Bonds Family Foundation will allow Girls Inc. to increase the number of girls served in the region annually by 25 percent.
Barry Bonds has long dedicated himself to assisting low-income Bay Area youth reach higher academic achievements. “I’m proud to support an organization that gives underserved girls the skills to achieve academic success, a healthy lifestyle and self-confidence,” Bonds said. “As a father of three, I take great pride in strengthening support programs that empower youth to build brighter futures for themselves and their communities. A partnership with Girls Inc. is a great fit.”
Bonds' support of Girls Inc. of Alameda County is representative of his larger commitment to the Bay Area. During 2012, the Barry Bonds Family Foundation contributed to eight non-profit organizations in recognition of their outstanding programs that serve the youth community within the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Girls Inc. of Alameda County, founded more than 50 years ago, is a local affiliate of the national Girls Inc. organization, with the critical mission of inspiring girls, ages 5-18, from underserved communities to be strong through healthy living, smart through education, and bold through independence. “At Girls Inc., we believe passionately that every girl deserves the opportunity to envision her best self and be equipped with the tools to become the person she wants to be,” said Linda Boessenecker, CEO of Girls Inc. of Alameda County. “With support from the Barry Bonds Foundation, we’ll be able to better meet the increasing demands for our proven and acclaimed programs for underserved girls.” Press Contact: Kirsten T. Melton, (510) 357- 5515, email@example.com.
About the Barry Bonds Foundation
The Barry Bonds Family Foundation is a private foundation founded in 1993 by former San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball Player and seven-time MVP, Barry Bonds and his father Bobby Bonds. Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, the foundation’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for innovation in the areas of primary and secondary education and youth after-school support programs within low-income communities – both in the San Francisco Bay area and throughout the nation. The foundation uses the principles of "venture philanthropy" to encourage, promote and fund programs designed to improve the achievements, standard of living and quality of life conditions for those who have been left behind. Through signature programs such as Link 'N Learn the foundation has partnered with community leaders to implement technology-based solutions driven by benchmarks and measurable results. Visit Barry Bonds on the web at www.barrybonds.com.