Riverside County, CA
A total of $445,226 in Asset Forfeiture Special Fund money was distributed in different amounts to 36 Riverside County Organizations for their programs fighting drug abuse and diverting gang activity in high-risk areas for kids.
"We are very proud of the Asset Forfeiture Special Fund committee and the work and efforts of so many non-profit and community-based organizations to combat drug abuse and gang activity," District Attorney Mike Hestrin said. "All of your law enforcement leaders wholeheartedly support your efforts to have a real impact on our communities."
5 organizations in Coachella Valley were awarded with the Asset Forfeiture Special Fund money. They include Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley, Focus on Student Success, Desert Center for Legal Education, Pastor Jesse Alvarez and Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley, awarded $20,000, provides after school activities, summer programs and mentors for kids. Focus on Student Success, awarded $15,000, reach out to kids and young adults in the Coachella Valley. Desert Center for Legal Education, awarded $15,000, is a nonprofit organization that helps students studying law. Pastor Jesse Alvarez, awarded $15,000, works at Living Word Church of the Desert. And Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians, awarded $28,976, has a reservation that aims to provide education, economic development, social services and other opportunities for tribal members.