Local nonprofit organizations Chrysalis and Westside Food Bank were awarded grants from the Bayside District Corporation of Santa Monica and the California Community Foundation at the 13th Annual Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition Success Breakfast October 21st.

The event at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica honored individuals who were formerly homeless and have built lives of self-sufficiency.

The Dolphin Change Program offers an alternative to direct giving for Santa Monica residents and visitors, Bayside District officials said.

Dolphin banks designed by sculptor Peter Ehrlich are located on the Third Street Promenade, the Santa Monica Pier, Main Street and Ashland Avenue and the Canyon Charter School. Funds collected at the banks have been distributed in the form of annual grants to a variety of social service organizations. Since 1993, more than $150,000 in grants has been awarded to such organizations.

“The Dolphin Change Program is instrumental in the Santa Monica community and Chrysalis is grateful to receive its support,” said LaRae Mardesic Bechmann, president and chief executive officer of Chrysalis. “Chrysalis has partnered with the Santa Monica community to reduce homelessness for 14 years and will continue to help economically disadvantaged individuals change their lives through jobs.”

Chrysalis is considered the only independent nonprofit organization in Los Angeles County exclusively dedicated to helping homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities. Since 1984, Chrysalis has served over 30,000 individuals on the path to self-sufficiency at its centers in Santa Monica, downtown Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

Chrysalis information, change lives.org/.

“We at the Westside Food Bank are extremely grateful to receive this check because we can translate it into nearly 50,000 meals at a time when the need for food assistance in the Westside is far greater than it’s ever been before,” said Westside Food Bank executive director Bruce Rankin. “And we are deeply honored because we know that these funds represent the contributions of literally thousands of people who want to see folks helped in their community.”

Westside Food Bank is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 as a project of the Westside Ecumenical Council. The food bank’s mission is to distribute as much nutritious food as possible to local food assistance charities and to reduce food waste on the Westside.

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