Venice resident Dr. Jimmy Hara was recently honored by Bank of America under the bank’s “Neighborhood Excellence Initiative” to help strengthen communities.

Hara, who has volunteered at the Venice Family Clinic and Los Angeles Free Clinic, was recognized as part of the initiative’s Local Heroes category, which honors individuals who contribute significantly to the health of their neighborhoods, according to Bank of America.

As a “local hero,” Hara received a $5,000 donation from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to direct to an eligible nonprofit of his choice. Hara chose to support the Venice Family Clinic, where he volunteers to ensure access to quality health care for people who would otherwise struggle under the system, a Bank of America spokesperson said.

Hara has served as residency program director for the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Family Medicine Residency and faculty mentor for medical students from UCLA and USC. The bank honored Hara for his selfless approach to practicing medicine which has influenced numerous others to provide services free of charge to people without other sources of care, the spokesperson said.

In addition to honoring local heroes, Bank of America will award $800,000 in unrestricted grant funding to four Los Angeles nonprofits named “Neighborhood Builders.” This initiative in Los Angeles is part of more than $3.6 million in unrestricted funding awarded to 18 nonprofits across California to help strengthen communities.

“Nonprofits and community leaders are instrumental in providing critical neighborhood services and Bank of America is proud to support their work through the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative and other lending, investing and community development programs that align with our overall corporate social responsibility efforts,” said Janet Lamkin, California president at Bank of America.