The OPCC — formerly called the Ocean Park Community Center — received a $5,000 grant from the Marianne Dorn Trust and the City of Santa Monica Bayside District Corporation Friday, September 23rd, at the tenth annual Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition Success Breakfast.

The $5,000 grant is part of the city’s Dolphin Exchange Program. In 1998, the Marianne Dorn Trust made a contribution to the Dolphin Exchange Program that is managed by the city Bayside District Corporation.

The program provides for the public alternatives to directly giving money to homeless people and panhandlers on the street.

Dolphin-shaped piggy banks designed by sculptor Peter Ehrlich were placed in locations on the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Pier, Main Street and Ashland Avenue, and the Canyon Charter School at 421 Entrada Drive.

Funds collected at the Dolphin banks are distributed as annual grants to various social service organizations.

Since the program’s establishment in 1993, more than $120,000 in grants have been awarded.

The OPCC is a Santa Monica-based network of shelters and services for low-income and homeless youths, adults, families, battered women and their children, and people living with mental illness.

The OPCC has received a Dolphin Exchange Program grant for the past five years because of a memorial grant awarded in Marianne Dorn’s name by the Marianne Dorn Trust.

The Bayside District Corporation is a nonprofit agency authorized by the City of Santa Monica to manage downtown Santa Monica and the Third Street Promenade.

The Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition is a group of more than 25 human services organizations and faith-based and government agencies that coordinate services to promote education and advocacy about homeless and poverty issues.

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