Del Mar Foundation
Del Mar Foundation (DMF) responds to COVID-19 emergency financial needs of other Del Mar organizations and city government
Since the Stay-in-Place order, the Del Mar Foundation’s Board of Directors has focused on supporting Del Mar non-profit organizations and businesses in addition to its larger grants to benefit Del Mar. 
DMF provided added financial aid to Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC) to enable their programs to expand and adapt rapidly to the Stay-In-Place environment. Before COVID-19, DMCC provided weekly grocery shopping trips for seniors; all of DMCC’s volunteer and paid drivers were over the age of 65. With DMF’s contribution, this program was adapted into contact free grocery shopping and delivery by drivers not part of the vulnerable demographic who serve those seniors staying home.

DMF has underwritten the cost of DMCC’s Tuesday Lunch Connection since its inception. The Tuesday luncheon program provided transportation to and from the Del Mar Community Building twice a month for the luncheon-speaker series. The adaptation is that DMF is funding the drivers to deliver meals to the homes of the participants. The socialization and a speaker component of the luncheon is now “delivered” on a Zoom connection. All of the food is sourced from local Del Mar restaurants.

In a new COVID19 DMF program, chromebooks and instructions on how to Zoom, email, Facebook and shop on the Internet will be provided to Del Mar seniors who lack a computer with which to connect to their doctors, family and friends in a unique partnership between DMF and DMCC.
DMF is providing additional financial support to St. Peter’s Church’s Helping Hands program which feeds the homeless five days a week. In a cooperative effort of DMF with Del Mar restaurants, the approximately 20 homeless participants are now receiving a hot meal once a week.
In partnership with the Del Mar Village Association, DMF has helped to fund a new program called Fuel the Frontline SD. This program is providing meals, sourced locally from Del Mar restaurants, to Del Mar First Responders. 

With the support of these meal programs and take out carry programs for residents, some restaurants are now providing 500 meals a week. This helps them retain key staff during this difficult time.
In working with Del Mar’s city government, DMF supported the City’s project to remove Foxtail weeds that are dangerous to dogs from Shores Park, which is the only remaining dog park that is open under Del Mar’s Stay-In-Place rules.
If you are aware of community needs as a result of the Stay-In-Place orders that the Foundation could potentially help address, please let us know!

If you'd like to help with any of these programs or others that the Del Mar Foundation sponsors, please contemplate a donation at:
The Del Mar Foundation was founded in 1982 and is the oldest 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Del Mar. The Foundation promotes civic pride and cohesiveness, acquires and preserves open space, improves beaches and parkland, raises and grants funds, and sponsors diverse cultural programs and community events in Del Mar. For more information about the Del Mar Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit our website at www.delmarfoundation.org.